Meet Rebekah Mercer, Parlers Wealthy co-founder
Wikipedia describes, "Rebekah Mercer as an American heiress, foundation director, and major Republican donor who oversees the day-to-day operations of philanthropic and political projects for the Mercer family. She began managing the family foundation when the Mercers started getting involved in conservative causes. Her father, billionaire Robert Mercer, said in November 2017 that he had sold his stake in Breitbart to his daughters."
Rebekah Mercer, is helping to fund Parler, the rapidly growing social media platform and Twitter competitor, that was at the top of App Store charts last week. Parler describes its self as "the world's town square." Parler goes on to say: "Speak freely and express yourself openly, without fear of being “deplatformed” for your views. Engage with real people, not bots. Parler is people and privacy-focused, and gives you the tools you need to curate your Parler experience."
Similar to Twitter, Parler is built around the posting of short character messages and connecting with trending topics. StreetLoc, similar to Facebook is a multi-purpose social networking platform, allowing users to chat, post photos, notes, polls, events, and connect with local businesses. StreetLoc is for connecting with the people socially and Parler is for connecting with topics socially.
Mercer said in a statement on Parler that: "John and I started Parler to provide a neutral platform for free speech, as our founders intended, and also to create a social media environment that would protect data privacy. The ever increasing tyranny and hubris of our tech overlords demands that someone lead the fight against data mining, and for the protection of free speech online. That someone is Parler, a beacon to all who value their liberty, free speech, and personal privacy."
Rebekah Mercer and her father, Robert Mercer, are active donors in Republican politics. In August 2016, The Hill reported that Mercer is "known as a hands-on operator who won’t open up the Mercer checkbook without strict conditions about which vendors are used and which consultants are hired." In some cases, these conditions include that candidates use certain firms, like Cambridge Analytica, a data firm that Robert Mercer has invested in.
The media-shy Rebekah Mercer is widely reported to have persuaded then-candidate Trump to reshuffle his campaign organization and hire Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway to help run his presidential bid in the final stretch of the 2016 election.
Mercer was a member of Donald Trump's presidential transition team. The transition team was a group of around 100 aides, policy experts, government affairs officials, and former government officials who were tasked with vetting, interviewing, and recommending individuals for top cabinet and staff roles in Trump's administration. According to Fox News, Mercer was part of the team's executive committee.
The secretive Manhattan heiress is one of the most powerful women in politics today, she is the director of the Mercer Family Foundation. Her family, including her father, Robert Mercer, donates to Republican candidates for office. Her family also helps fund Breitbart News, a news outlet founded by Andrew Breitbart. Mercer is on the board of directors for the Heritage Foundation. She is also the co-founder of Ruby et Violette, an online retailer of gourmet ice cream and chocolate cookies.