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Richest Scientologist in the world is one of the donors behind offensive Arkansas radio ad

[Trish Duggan getting a trophy from David Miscavige in 2017]

Yesterday, a political radio ad playing in Arkansas went viral nationally to widespread criticism when it was pointed out that a conservative group was endorsing a white Republican incumbent congressman by using black voices in a pretty unseemly way.

“White Democrats will be lynching black folk again,” an unidentified woman in the ad says as the group “Black Americans for the President’s Agenda” endorsed white Republican US Representative French Hill for re-election.

Hill himself denounced the ad. “I condemn this outrageous ad in the strongest terms. There’s no place in Arkansas for this nonsense,” he told CNN.



Thanks to reader Madame Duran, we learned that some observers had already discovered that among the top donors to Black Americans for the President’s Agenda was a wealthy white woman named Patricia Duggan.


Readers here at the Underground Bunker know that name well. Trish Duggan is the richest Scientologist in the world.

For years we’ve been keeping tabs on Scientology’s biggest donors, and biggest of all was Trish and her husband Bob, who split in 2015. The Duggans made their fortune in pharmaceuticals when a cancer drug being developed by Bob’s company, Pharmacyclics, proved effective and the value of the company skyrocketed. In 2015 Pharmacyclics was bought by the pharma giant Abbvie for $21 billion, and Bob’s personal take was about $3.5 billion in the sale.

We found records confirming that the rich couple divvied up their properties at that point as they went their separate ways, and it was Trish who continued to show up for the “Patron’s Ball” held each October in East Grinstead, England to receive her annual trophy as Scientology’s biggest donor from church leader David Miscavige.


We’ve detailed how the Duggans used their windfall from Abbvie, the maker of Humira, the biggest-selling drug in the world, to set up a foundation that will be delivering more than $3 million a year to Scientology in perpetuity through the use of Abbvie stock…


It was also Trish Duggan we spotted in photos at the Inauguration in 2017, hobnobbing with the new president…


Black Americans for the President’s Agenda is run by a North Carolina man, Vernon Robinson, who spoke to CNN about the radio ad…

Vernon Lucius Robinson, a conservative political activist and the co-founder of Black Americans for the President’s Agenda, told CNN the radio ad is currently running and will run until next week.

“Yes, Black Americans for the President’s Agenda paid for that ad,” Robinson said. “The Me Too movement overreached and the biggest threat with switching the presumption of innocence to the presumption of guilt is to black men.”

Asked about the use of lynching in the ad and the fact that Hill’s campaign condemned it, Robinson said he didn’t care.

Although Trish Duggan has shown in multiple ways that she supports Donald Trump, there was an intriguing report last year that the president himself might favor taking tax exempt status away from the Church of Scientology. The Huffington Post reported that a close aide to the Trump family, Lynne Patton, told Leah Remini privately that the president was in favor of taking tax exempt status away, but there has been no independent confirmation of that.

We pointed out that if Trump were interested in Scientology’s tax exempt status being reviewed, by law his Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, could order the IRS to begin an investigation.


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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on October 19, 2018 at 10:45

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