EXC: Anti-Trump ‘Lincoln Project’ Funneled Over $10 Million To Its Own Founders’ Companies


Financial records from The Lincoln Project – the anti-Trump group lauded by the establishment media – appear to reveal that the group funneled over $10,000,000 to enrich its own founders personally through their communications and consulting firms, The National Pulse can reveal.

The news comes days after co-founder John Weaver admitted sending sexually inappropriate messages to young men.

Launched in 2019 by a cohort of establishment, so-called “Republicans” dedicated to “defeating President Trump and Trumpism at the ballot box,”  the group has routinely funneled the millions it raises to its founders and advisors, Federal Election Commission (FEC) records show.

Co-founder Reed Gallen’s Summit Strategic Communications LLC raked in $6,160,664.99 in 2020, representing the highest-paid entity by The Lincoln Project.


Following Galen’s massive haul was fellow founder and advisor Ron Steslow and his “Tusk Digital” firm which received $4,014,913.24.

Another Lincoln Project Founder, Mike Madrid, saw his “Grassroots Lab” firm receive $61,000.

Similarly, Communications Advisor Ryan Wiggins’s Full Contact Strategies received $41,000, Senior Advisor Trygve Olson’s Viking Strategies received $49,003.81, and Senior Advisor Jeff Timmer’s Two Rivers Public Affairs firm received $50,000 from two separate transactions.

Dan Barkuff, who appeared in an anti-Trump advertisement for the group, saw his “Veteran for Responsible Leadership” group earn $150,000.

And Executive Director Sarah Lenti took home a six-figure salary of $173,549.40 along with Press Secretary Nathaniel Nesbitt, who received $68,247.80.

The financial filings also reveal $16,461.71 spent on Vacation Rentals By Owner (VRBO) expenses, $57,897.20 on Getty Images, and $9,030.17 itemized as a “rental property” in Park City, Utah.

Last month, The Lincoln Project founder Steve Schmidt tweeted a patronizing and fawning thread at far-left Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes, opening with the line: “[W]e don’t look down on waitresses. We admire them. We are all the types of guys who always tip at 50% or more.”

Now it has become apparent that they’re tipping with donors’ money that they’re paying themselves.

In addition to American leftist donors, fans of The Lincoln Project include the Chinese Communist Party, which has lauded the group for its anti-Trump efforts.


Natalie Winters

Natalie Winters is freelance reporter.

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