Check this out, FRC was founded by Blackwater boy’s mommy and daddy
Here at TPM we’re looking very closely at military security contractors in Iraq. Tomorrow, Blackwater CEO Erik Prince goes to Capitol Hill to testify before Rep. Henry Waxman’s (D-CA) House Government Reform and Oversight committee. One issue that’s got our attention about Blackwater is the firm’s ability to leapfrog a number of much older and well-established US firms in Iraq. And that’s got us interested in Prince’s Republican political credentials.
Along those lines, a few details about Prince to help frame tomorrow’s hearing.
Erik Prince is 37 years old. He founded Blackwater in 1997 with money he inherited from his father, Edgar Prince, the head of Prince Automative. The elder Prince and his wife were major Republican and conservative activists and funders. And Prince himself co-founded The Family Research Council with Gary Bauer and apparently provided the key early funding for the group.
According to Bauer, “I can say without hesitation that, without Ed and Elsa and their wonderful children, there simply would not be a Family Research Council.”