Lawyers for the conservative publication Washington Free Beacon informed the House Intelligence Committee Friday that the organization was the original funder for the anti-Trump opposition research project with Fusion GPS.
Now it makes more sense:
The Free Beacon was originally part of a 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization called the Center for American Freedom, but in 2014 became a for-profit organization. It has never revealed its ownership.
The Center for American Freedom’s original board of directors included William Kristol, the former editor of the Weekly Standard, a sister publication of the Washington Examiner and where both Goldfarb and Free Beacon editor Matthew Continetti worked.
Fusion GPS and the Washington Free Beacon
Since its launch in February of 2012, the Washington Free Beacon has retained third party firms to conduct research on many individuals and institutions of interest to us and our readers. In that capacity, during the 2016 election cycle we retained Fusion GPS to provide research on multiple candidates in the Republican presidential primary, just as we retained other firms to assist in our research into Hillary Clinton.
Michael Goldfarb (born June 6, 1980) is an American conservative political writer. He was contributing editor for The Weekly Standard and was a research associate at the Project for the New American Century. During the 2008 presidential race he served as John McCain’s deputy communications director. He is a founder of the online conservative magazine The Washington Free Beacon.
Michael Goldfarb is chairman of the conservative think tank the Center for American Freedom, publishers of The Washington Free Beacon. He is a writer with the neoconservative The Weekly Standard owned by Rupert Murdoch and edited by William Kristol. Goldfarb “also works as a research associate” at the Project for the New American Century,, one of the leading neocon organizations. Jim Lobe describes Goldfarb as “known primarily as vociferous defenders of Israel” .
And he was a campaign aide for John McCain:
Yesterday’s announcement that Weekly Standard blogger Michael Goldfarb is taking a leave of absence “to serve as deputy communications director of the McCain campaign” has been greeted with surprising interest from bloggers across the political spectrum.
Breitbart naming Paul Singer. Need to see if he is also connected with McCain.
Report: Paul Singer-Funded Washington Free Beacon Behind Initial Fusion GPS Trump Effort
GOP megadonor Paul Singer endorses Marco Rubio
This was published on Oct. 25th:
Further, Stone declared that Senator John McCain was the one who acted as a go-between for Singer’s team and the FBI.
Website Backed By Rubio Donor Is Fusion GPS’s GOP Client
The Washington Free Beacon, a website largely funded by billionaire hedge fund manager Paul Singer, is the mysterious Republican-linked client that first hired opposition research firm Fusion GPS to investigate Donald Trump during the presidential campaign.
The Free Beacon is funded in large part by the New York hedge fund billionaire and major GOP donor Paul Singer. The New York Times reports that Singer initially supported Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) for the Republican nomination, but later spearheaded a campaign to deny Trump the nomination even after Rubio dropped out of the race.
While supporting Republican establishment favorites such as Rubio and 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Singer was a major backer of Common Core and was the founder of a super-PAC that has the express purpose of turning the GOP pro-gay marriage.
Fusion GPS bank records will blow the lid off Russian scandal
Kimberly Strassel in the Wall Street Journal (via Investor Village) gives us a preview of what the Fusion GPS bank records might reveal, as well as FBI documents on the Trump dossier that have finally been wrested from the bureau.
The Fusion GPS saga isn’t over. The Clinton-DNC funding is but a first glimpse into the shady election doings concealed within that oppo-research firm’s walls. We now know where Fusion got some of its cash, but the next question is how the firm used it. With whom did it work beyond former British spy Christopher Steele ? Whom did it pay? Who else was paying it?
The answers are in Fusion’s bank records. Fusion has doggedly refused to divulge the names of its clients for months now, despite extraordinary pressure. So why did the firm suddenly insist that middleman law firm Perkins Coie release Fusion from confidentiality agreements, and spill the beans on who hired it?
WaPo Reports Clinton Campaign and DNC Paid For Trump Dossier…
Fourth, with #3 in mind, and considering this report is from within the Washington Post, there is a strong possibility the other finance mechanisms for the dossier might include the U.S. government (FBI and CIA). Additionally likely – knowing the WaPo has a history of defending, and working on behalf of, the intelligence community.
This was the moment that the news broke on Fox News yesterday:
TGP Exclusive: Roger Stone Talks Trump Dossier, Clinton Russian Collusion, and Indictments
Singer, sue me if I’m wrong, bring a lawsuit, go ahead, bring one. My lawyers can’t wait to depose you. I am absolutely positive that he is the financier of this piece of dirty work, and as you know, when it didn’t get any traction with the Republicans, Hillary Clinton picked up the ball.
I think that this piece of dirt was double-marketed. I think the guys at GPS Fusion were selling the same information, in essence, to different people. Then they got the biggest client of them all, the FBI, because they paid for the continuation of the examination of Trump.
This makes sense because WFB was the primary conservative media advocate for candidate Marco Rubio who was also backed by billionaire Paul Singer. The primary editor of WFB Matthew Continetti is married to the daughter of notorious NeverTrumper Bill Kristol:
WASHINGTON – Lawyers for the conservative publication Washington Free Beacon informed the House Intelligence Committee Friday that the organization was the original funder for the anti-Trump opposition research project with Fusion GPS. (link)
From March 2016:
House Speaker Paul Ryan met Thursday night at a pricey French restaurant here with some of the party’s biggest donors to assess a political landscape dominated by one vexing question: what to do about Donald Trump.
The dinner was a highlight of a secretive two-day conclave, convened under heavy security by a donor group headed by New York hedge-fund manager Paul Singer, that is being viewed as a pivotal moment for the big-money effort to block Trump from the Republican presidential nomination.
Roger Stone mentioned Dan Senor. He is an executive at Elliot Management (Paul Singer’s company).
Note the connections between Dan Senor and Paul Ryan:
Dan was senior advisor to vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan in 2012, and a foreign policy advisor to Governor Romney on his 2012 and 2008 presidential campaigns.
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There are “rumors” that Paul Ryan’s close advisor #NeverTrumper Dan Senor is behind the leaks.
Former CNN anchor Campbell Brown, 47, blasts against network’s Trump town hall and calls it a ‘horrifying lovefest’
Brown is married to Dan Senor, Mitt Romney’s senior foreign policy adviser during the 2012 election campaign. They have two children together.
Singer has been a major player in Republican politics in recent years and maintains ties to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and several powerful Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan.
A representative to Singer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Singer was backing Rubio’s presidential bid at the time of the Free Beacon’s involvement. Rubio’s team insisted this week that they had no knowledge of the dossier. Singer’s close associate Dan Senor also served as Speaker Ryan’s chief adviser during the 2012 president campaign.
FBI Is Set to Give Congress Documents Related to Russia Dossier, Ryan Says
h/t Daniel Higdon