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A billionaire co-owner of the San Francisco Giants gave a demo to a political action committee in Arkansas that features two women saying Democrats
Charles B. Johnson, who delivered $ 1,000 this summer to Black Americans for the President's Agenda, said a super PAC that supports President Trump's policies and conservative candidates,
On Friday, Johnson, a frequent contributor to conservative groups and candidates, released a statement saying he did not know his donation.
"I had absolutely no knowledge of this donation, and I did not like the Giants organization, nor did I condemn it." Johnson said. "
Released just ahead of the midterm elections, the radio ad exchanges between two women who are the implied are African Americans. French Hill in his re-election bid against Democrat Clarke Tucker.
Hill, a Republican, called the ad "race-baiting" and thousands of people have shared their outrage on social media. Allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
"Our congressman, French Hill, and the Republicans know that it is dangerous to change the presumption of innocence to a presumption of guilt
Another woman responds, "White Democrats wants to lynch black folk again."
She then says, "Democrats take us back to
The Giants released their own statement
The Giants' reputation as one of the most inclusive and socially engaged professional sports teams in the nation speaks for itself, "the organization said. "We are unaware of Mr. Johnson's political donations because they are separate from his stakes in the Giants ownership group."
Hill, who represents the Second District, which is 23 percent black, called the ad "appalling" on Twitter after its release.
"I condemn this outrageous ad," Hill tweeted.
His opponent, Tucker, said the commercial is "disgraceful and has no place in our society."
Vernon Robinson, co [a letter to the GOP.]
"I assume he thought what the good enough to send a check, "Robinson said of Johnson's contribution.
The ad cost $ 50,000, said Robinson, who added that he has no plan to remove it from the air. Instead, Kansas City and St. Louis – or what he calls "the two urban areas in Missouri."
In addition, the Democratic Party's "heinous crimes." So he said he wants to train military officers and sergeants to be in the swing states, or "the soft underbelly of the Democratic Party."
Democrats are "going to walk the plank in Arkansas and Missouri," Robinson added.
Johnson is a registered Republican who owns property in Hillsborough.
He has a net worth of $ 5 billion and is the largest shareholder in Franklin Resources, based in Forbes , In 1957, Johnson became CEO at the age of 24. The firm's assets grew from $ 2.5 million to more than $ 800 billion in 2013, when he retired and handed over the leadership role to his son.
Sarah Ravani is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @SarRavani