Published 9:58 PM EDT Oct 19, 2018
San Francisco Giants co-owner Charles Johnson is trying to distance himself from the super PAC he contributed to and the racially charged radio advertisement it is running as part of an Arkansas congressional race.
Black Americans for the President’s Agenda won't pull the ad, which has been condemned by the candidates in Arkansas' second district, incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. French Hill and challenger Clarke Tucker, a Democrat.
Johnson, believed to be the largest stake-holder in the baseball team, donated $1,000 to the PAC on July 23 of this year, according to records.
The ad references the sexual assault allegations presented against judge Brett Kavanaugh ahead of his confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.
"What will happen to our husbands, our fathers or our sons when white girls lie on them?," one woman says in the audio.
“White Democrats will be lynching black folk again," says another.
Johnson released a statement Friday denying any specific knowledge of the advertisement.
“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," the statement said.
Johnson is a longtime Republican donor and gave millions to PACs supporting Jeb Bush and Donald Trump in the 2016 election.
Vernon Robinson, the co-founder and treasurer of the super PAC, said he sent Johnson a letter detailing his plan to encourage black people to vote for Republicans.
“I assume he thought (the letter) was good enough to send a check,” Robinson said of Johnson’s contribution.
The Giants also released a statement that reads:
“The Giants’ reputation as one of the most inclusive and socially engaged professional sports teams in the nation speaks for itself. We are unaware of Mr. Johnson’s political donations because they are entirely separate from his stake in the Giants ownership group. In no way do the Giants condone this disturbing and divisive political activity."