‘Principled Conservatism:’ Bill Kristol Non-Profit Funded by Leftist Billionaire
“Cruise Ship” Bill Kristol, one of the most prominent of the #NeverTrump critics, has, in his lasting effort to promote “principled conservatism,” teamed up with a leftist billionaire to fight President Donald J. Trump.
“Republicans for the Rule of Law is a group of life-long Republicans dedicated to defending our democratic institutions and upholding the rule of law. We are fighting to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation from political interference,” says the website for Weekly Standard former editor-in-chief Kristol’s side project.
With such a name, one might think that Republicans were funding Kristol’s operation. But according to a piece in American Greatness penned by national treasure Julie Kelly, that is not the case.
“[W]e have learned learned that one of Kristol’s benefactors is progressive billionaire Pierre Omidyar, the co-founder of eBay,” Kelly wrote. “Omidyar has directed millions of dollars to a variety of progressive causes and political candidates: he and wife “have have given more than $500,000 to federal candidates and groups—nearly all of them Democrats—since 1999,” including six-figure donations to the Democratic senate and congressional campaign committees.”
Currently, according to Kelly, Kristol’s group is running radio spots attacking Trump’s Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.
“Commercials attacking the acting attorney general were aired on several Sunday morning political shows,” Kelly wrote, adding that Kristol’s group is “pimping for the Mueller probe, a political witch-hunt that Kristol and his fellow NeverTrumpers pray will lead to the impeachment and removal of the president.”
Kristol’s Trump-hatred runs deep. So deep, in fact, that Kristol is tied to the anti-Trump Steele Dossier via his son-in-law. As Big League Politics reported:
The Washington Free Beacon, a neoconservative news website edited by Bill Kristol’s son-in-law Matthew Continetti, is revealed to have been the original financier of Fusion GPS’ anti-Donald Trump effort.
That project yielded the discredited Christopher Steele dossier on Trump’s alleged Russian collusion. The Free Beacon reportedly handed the project off, directly or otherwise, to the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC in April 2016. The Beacon is denying that the project was focused on Russia at the time that the Kristol-linked site was financing it.
Numerous good people have been ensnared in the “Russia” hoax, which has dragged down lives by forcing campaign staffers like Mike Caputo to spend astronomical amounts of money on legal fees. Similar to the 1950’s Red Scare and Hollywood blacklist, many pro-Trump operatives and thinkers have seen their reputations besmirched and their earning capability curtailed by bogus Russia-themed innuendo.
Now, we know that Bill Kristol’s family member was integrally involved in the origins of that innuendo by paying the firm that ended up producing the Steele dossier. The Free Beacon’s deep-pocketed establishment sugar daddy Paul Singer is caught up in the controversy.
With friends like these in the “conservative” movement, who needs enemies?