Just weeks after apologizing for his involvement in the airing of a racist political ad in Arkansas, it was discovered that San Francisco Giants owner, Charles B. Johnson, donated money to controversial Mississippi Senate candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith.
According to a report from political commentator Judd Legum, Johnson donated $5,400 to the Hyde-Smith campaign ahead of her runoff election on November 27.
The owner of the San Francisco Giants, Charles B. Johnson, and his wife just gave $5400 to Cindy Hyde-Smith.
Johnson previously gave $1K to “Black Americans for the President’s Agenda” which ran a racist ad saying that Democrats will bring back lynchinghttps://t.co/ZH4kiYw8Ke
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) November 22, 2018
Hyde-Smith (R) has come under fire in recent weeks for her own rash of racist comments. She recently said would attend a public lynching if invited.
“If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row”- Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith says in Tupelo, MS after Colin Hutchinson, cattle rancher, praises her.
Hyde-Smith is in a runoff on Nov 27th against Mike Espy. pic.twitter.com/0a9jOEjokr
— Lamar White, Jr. (@LamarWhiteJr) November 11, 2018
This donation falls in line with Johnson’s conservative political behavior. It was reported in October that the Giant’s majority owner gave money to a political action committee behind a racist radio ad that features two women saying Democrats could bring back lynchings if black voters don’t support the GOP.
This is a real radio ad currently running in Arkansas in support of Republican Congressman French Hill on radio stations targeted to the African American community. I don't even have words to describe it. pic.twitter.com/vpzt1nGPlc
— (((Ben Tribbett))) (@notlarrysabato) October 18, 2018
On Friday, Johnson released a statement saying he was unaware of how his donation would be used.
“I had absolutely no knowledge that this donation would be used in this manner and I, like the Giants organization, strongly condemn any form of racism and in no way condone the advertisement that was created by this entity,” Johnson said.