The Lincoln Project had some difficult weeks. One of its co-founders, John Weaver, was charged with molesting young men and the project attacked him as a sexual predator. When co-founders like George Conway denied any real familiarity or interaction with Weaver, others on the project were accused of turning a blind eye to his behavior. Then one of her other co-founders, Jennifer Horn, resigned in protest, only to be attacked by other project members for allegedly trying to get more money out of the organization. Now the Lincoln Project has serious questions about its co-founder compensation and accounting for the tens of millions of dollars that may have gone to them or their own companies. Lincoln famously declared “with malice to no one, with charity for all,” but the Lincoln Project is accused of malice towards many, except charity for a few.
As we discussed recently, MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) urged Liberals to compile hostile lists of people “complicit” in the Trump administration, which was the first entry. . . You guessed it … founder of the Lincoln Project. When Sander’s substitute Nomiki Konst was asked about AOC’s request for a blacklist, he noted that the first on the list would be people like the former Republicans in the Lincoln Project. She said that these people like George Conway are the “perfect examples” of people who should be canceled. You have been accused of depositing millions against Trump as former Republicans.
The most recent controversy comes after an Associated Press story that the project raised over $ 90 million but only spent a third ($ 27 million) on advertising during the 2020 campaign. The AP noted, “That leaves tens of millions of dollars in expenses such as production costs, overheads and exorbitant consulting fees charged by members of the group.” It was also suggested that the project used tactics to hide the money process and spending decisions. Reporters Steve Peoples and Brian Slodysko said: “[t]The vast majority of the money has been split between consulting firms controlled by their founders, including about $ 27 million paid to a small company controlled by Galen and another $ 21 million paid to a Boutique business run by former Lincoln project member Ron Steslow. ”
I’ve criticized some of the Lincoln Project commercials and ads. However, my main argument was its role in harassing and even doxxing lawyers who represented the Trump campaign or the Republican Party. These efforts were funded by thousands of lawyers as well as democratic donors.
At first I thought the Lincoln Project could play a useful role in building a Republican opposition base against Trump and adding diversity to the party. Instead, it began to run youthful and malicious ads that seemed to hit the lowest common denominator in politics. This week, the Lincoln Project ad shows a chicken mocking Trump for refusing to testify, despite the fact that presidents traditionally have failed to testify and such a decision should not be treated as evidence of guilt. However, such commercials play a good role for donors and bring in more money. The question is whether the monetary damage was the by-product or the purpose of starting the project.
The AP story suggests that the project used accounting systems that make payments difficult to track. The project can easily make all of this transparent. While no one will be running ads showing the founders next to chickens, some donors may want to know if the founders have enriched themselves and their companies as part of the 2020 campaign.
After all, as Lincoln himself said, “you cannot escape tomorrow’s responsibility by avoiding it today.”