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Erik Prince

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Erik Prince is the founder of private military corporation Blackwater USA.[1] In February 2009, shortly after Blackwater changed its name to "Xe," Prince announced he was stepping down as the company's CEO, but would remain its chair. "I'm a little worn out by the whole thing, the politics of it all," he said. [2]

Prince is a former Navy Seal and a "billionaire right-wing fundamentalist Christian from a powerful Michigan Republican family. A major Republican campaign contributor, he interned in the White House of President George H.W. Bush and campaigned for Pat Buchanan in 1992. He founded the mercenary firm Blackwater USA in 1997 with Gary Jackson, another former Navy SEAL."[3]

Prince's father, Edgar Prince, and Gary Bauer started the Family Research Council, where Prince interned. Prince's sister, Betsy DeVos, is a former chair of the Michigan Republican Party.[3] (RightWeb profile)

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  1. "Q&A: Blackwater's founder on the record", The Virginian Pilot, July 24, 2006.
  2. August Cole, "Founder, CEO of Blackwater Steps Aside, 'Worn Out'," Wall Street Journal (sub req'd), March 2, 2009.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Profile: Erik Prince, NNDB.com.

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