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Trump’s New Team Brings Deep Ties to Major Donor Robert Mercer

Even within a Republican Party that has battled the Clintons for decades, the Mercers and their advisers stand out.

When Donald Trump shook up his presidential campaign this week, he deepened his ties to Robert Mercer, a wealthy hedge-fund manager and conservative donor with a taste for bucking the Republican establishment.

Trump's new top operatives—Stephen Bannon, the campaign's new chief executive, and Kellyanne Conway, the campaign manager—are longtime advisers to the Long Island, New York-based investor and have aided his family on a web of interlocking projects. Even within a Republican Party that has battled Bill and Hillary Clinton for decades, the Mercers and their advisers stand out as among the Clintons' most dogged and long-standing critics.