It’s not surprising that turning traitor can be lucrative. Thanks to a Federal Election Commission report, the public just learned how fast the pieces of silver were rolling in to the guys running the Lincoln Project. They bet that their anti-Trump sentiment would bring in enough easy money that they could rake off fortunes for themselves, and they were right. Well over $10 million went to line their own pockets.
Lincoln Project is a cash funnel
When Lincoln Project co-founder John Weaver admitted a few days ago that he was sending “sexually inappropriate messages to young men,” that was nothing. The rest of his buddies got caught with their hands in the piggy bank.
According to records made public by the Federal Election Commission, “the group has routinely funneled the millions it raises to its founders and advisors.” The rogue RINO herd knew that desperate Democrats would be willing to throw money at any Republican who was willing to sell their soul and oppose Donald Trump.
Since they began operations in 2019 the Republican In Name Only Lincoln Project cabal cashed in on a dedication to “defeating President Trump and Trumpism at the ballot box.” They had a crystal ball.
They knew that as soon as Trump was dragged out the door, the next target will be all the conservative Americans who stood behind Trump and his nationalist values. This week’s headlines are proving that theory.
Hindsight, as they say, is 20/20. Last month, project co-founder Steve Schmidt tweeted out one for the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fan club. “We don’t look down on waitresses. We admire them. We are all the types of guys who always tip at 50% or more.”
Now we know how the Lincoln Project guys got the money to tip so well. As fast as the money was pumped in from the Open Societies Foundations, it was used to pay themselves. The Chinese Communist Party was another of their big supporters.
Where the money went
Hatred of Donald Trump generates big bucks these days. Along with money to the bigwigs directly, the group spent $16,461.71 on Vacation Rentals, including $9,030.17 itemized as a “rental property” in Park City, Utah. The one that’s the famous ski resort.
They did their part for the Democrats too, kicking back a token $57,897.20, which they thoughtfully spent on Getty Images. Lincoln Project Executive Director Sarah Lenti was rewarded with the handsome salary of $173,549.40 while the Press Secretary Nathaniel Nesbitt, took home $68,247.80. That’s just cookie crumbs.
As itemized by the FEC filings, the Lincoln Project wrote their largest batch of checks to Reed Gallen. Group co-founder and head of Summit Strategic Communications LLC. He raked off $6,160,664.99 in 2020. His crony Ron Steslow signed a contract involving his company “Tusk Digital” for a cool $4,014,913.24. Mike Madrid wasn’t as lucky. Grassroots Lab only pulled $61,000.
Communications Advisor Ryan Wiggins’s took $41,000, Trygve Olson’s Viking Strategies pillaged $49,003.81, while Senior Advisor Jeff Timmer’s Two Rivers Public Affairs floated a quick $50,000. Starring in a commercial is good for an extra bonus. Dan Barkuff, “who appeared in an anti-Trump advertisement for the group, saw his “Veteran for Responsible Leadership” group earn $150,000.”