Steve Bannon, the executive chairman at conservative news site Breitbart News Network and newly appointed senior adviser to President-elect Trump, has been receiving compensation from the Government Accountability Institute, a small Florida-based foundation he founded in 2012.
Mercer Family Foundation gave $1 million to GAI in 2013 and 2014. These gifts represent approximately 44 percent of GAI’s total expenses in those two years. Mercer’s role with her family’s foundation is not mentioned in GAI’s most recent Form 990 return.
It appears that the Government Accountability Institute, using money from major donors like the Mercer Family Foundation’s Robert Mercer and his administrator/daughter Rebekah Mercer, provided significant income—using charitable gifts—to Bannon while he was employed full-time at Breitbart, to Schweizer while employed at Oval Office Writers, and Hall while employed at both Breitbart and Oval Office Writers. Did GAI receive fair value for compensation paid, or was the compensation excessive and place the individuals in a private inurement situation in regard to their respective relationships to GAI? With Bannon about to become a senior White House aide, perhaps the Government Accountability Institute should investigate itself.—Michael Wyland