Last Friday this column appeared in the Daily Caller (what happened to them?): “GOP Establishment Money Funding Mark Levin, Glenn Beck, Erick Erickson To Attack Trump” stating:
The next time you hear Mark Levin on the radio, or watch Glenn Beck on TV, or read Erick Erickson, RedState.com on the Internet, you might just ask yourself who is paying for the message? And why is it so stridently anti-Trump?
Don’t fool yourself. They’re doing it for the money.
As the spearhead of the “Dump Trump” movement, the same GOP establishment big-dollar donors and PACS that are pushing House Speaker Paul Ryan as a dark-horse presidential candidate, despite the big-government omnibus-budget deals Ryan reached last year with President Obama, are funding Mark Levin, Erick Erickson, and Glenn Beck, to promote Sen. Ted Cruz.
Yes, like most people reading this, know all about Roger Stone and his reputation. That said, most of the Trumpet-eers pick up on it and spread it far and wide. The three who came under attack have all now responded.
On his radio show last Friday evening Mark Levin, who had previously been on the record as saying, that while he endorses Ted Cruz, he would vote for whoever the Republican nomination is, declared that because of the attack he was now officially joining the #NeverTrump movement.
In The Resurgent Erick Erickson addressed the claims in “The Truth About My $3 Million” stating:
First, I did not get $3 million. I wish I did, but I did not. What I got was advertising dollars for ads placed on this website, just as the sites accusing me of taking undisclosed money have ads. It is really damn hard to have something undisclosed when the ads announce who paid for them and I wrote about the ads multiple times. The sum total of the advertising in question was $10,000.00. And as for Paul Singer? He donated to the Super PAC, which was actually organized and initially funded by someone else.
Second, this site is not some side project of the Stoneridge Group. They designed this website, for which I paid them, and I agreed to let them put a watermark at the bottom. They are fantastic designers. If you want a beautiful logo or website, you should reach out to them.
Third, I make exactly zero dollars off this website. Thus far, all money that has come into this website has gone to pay the costs of the site, the costs of my two employees, the costs of the activism center, and various other bells and whistles. While I’d love to take money from this site since I gave up my RedState paycheck in December, thus far 100% of every dollar raised by this site has been invested in the site or paid costs related to the site.
Fourth, the fact that Trump supporters cannot defend their guy, but would rather cast aspersions on Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, myself and others and also come to the conclusion that the only people who could oppose Trump are bought and paid for the establishment continues to explain that Trump supporters do not really have a rational outlook on the election, but are instead driven by emotion.
Fifth, Charles Johnson, Michael Savage, Roger Stone, and a bunch of anonymous nutjobs on Twitter are the ones invested in this lie. Do I need to really say more?
Finally there’s Mr. Glenn Beck himself, during his radio show this morning and his TV show this evening it wasn’t mentioned. Then came The Dana Show on TheBlaze TV. Lawrence B. Jones was filling in tonight and he played an interview he taped with Glenn earlier in the day. During the interview Lawrence asked Glenn about the claims.
Personally I expected Glenn to just blow off the allegations instead he said that he had met with his lawyers over the weekend to ask whether or not he had grounds to sue Roger Stone and the Daily Caller for posting the column. This is the portion that Glenn had major issues with:
GOP establishment political operative David Barton not only runs “Keep the Promise” one of the most prominent pro-Cruz Super-PACs, he also serves as the chairman of Glenn Beck’s “Mercury One” charity.
He was disturbed that he was bringing his charity organization into the mix. What I found particularly interesting was that Glenn didn’t say if or what decision was reached.