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Bannon to Speak at Black Entrepreneurs Summit in Washington DC

Bannon to Speak at Black Entrepreneurs Summit in Washington DC
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Friday, 15 September 2017 03:48 PM

President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Stephen Bannon is a scheduled speaker later this month at a summit of black entrepreneurs in Washington, D.C.

Bannon, who now serves as Breitbart News' executive chairman, will address the group for the super PAC Black Americans For A Better Future, which is offering "a Republican vision for creating opportunities for black entrepreneurs," according to the invitation to the Sept. 26-27 event, the HuffPost reported Friday.

Federal Election Commission filings show 96 percent of the super PAC's monetary donations come from Robert Mercer, a billionaire hedge fund manager, The Hill reported.

Mercer also helped Bannon fund Breitbart with a $10 million investment in the conservative publication, the HuffPost reported.

The summit is chaired by African-American GOP consultant Raynard Jackson.

"We just want a fair chance to compete in this American system called capitalism," Jackson told the HuffPost, pointing specifically to helping black entrepreneurs have access to federal funding that'll come from rebuilding cities hit by recent hurricanes.

"Steve [Bannon] and I have conversations about black entrepreneurs all the time," he added. "Again, most people forget about Steve having a Wall Street background. Steve understands the economics of the small business community better than a lot of people in this town."

Jackson also said he's got no issues with the Confederate flag or monuments — and that he doesn't believe Bannon will get a bad reception at the summit because of his position at Breitbart News.

"Just because your forefathers fought on the Confederate side, that inherently doesn't mean you are a bad person or you are a racist," he stated. "I have no problem with the Confederate flag flying on a state capital. I have no problem with these monuments throughout the South."

"I've known Steve a long time. You can call Steve a lot of things ― racist ain't one of them," he added.

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