Right-wing publishing company Regnery is responsible for releasing books written by conservative voices ranging from Michelle Malkin to Ann Coulter to Newt Gingrich to Donald Trump.
And now, as a new report from Mother Jones reveals, a member of the Regnery family has been instrumental in shoveling cash to members of the American white supremacist movement, including infamous neo-Nazi Richard Spencer.
According to Mother Jones, William H. Regnery II — nephew of Regnery Publishing founder Henry Regnery — has for years been terrified of whites becoming a minority in the United States. To combat this, he has generously funded several white supremacist think tanks and figures such as the aforementioned Spencer, who became notorious during the 2016 presidential campaign for his outspoken racism to promote the candidacy of Donald Trump.
“Working behind the scenes, the retired Chicago business executive has played an important role in making his ultra-right views a part of America’s political conversation in the era of Trump,” Mother Jones reports. “In 2011, Regnery made [Richard Spencer] the frontman for his white nationalist think tank, the National Policy Institute, providing Spencer the platform to launch the alt-right movement.”
“I am now persuaded that with your courage, the alt-right side of history will prevail,” Regnery told Spencer during a National Policy Institute conference last year.
The publication notes that William Regnery II differs from the rest of his family in that he has never tried to cultivate respectability among right-wing intelligentsia, and has instead used resources he has thanks to his wealthy family to fund unabashed white supremacists.