#1 Paul Singer-Funded Washington Free Beacon Behind Initial Fusion GPS Trump Effort by algernonpj 27.10.2017 22:54

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Paul Singer-Funded Washington Free Beacon Behind Initial Fusion GPS Trump Effort
by Adam Shaw
27 Oct 2017

The Washington Free Beacon, funded by GOP mega-donor Paul Singer, was the original funder of Fusion GPS’ research project that attempted to dig up dirt on then-candidate Donald Trump — a project that would later be funded by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

The Washington Examiner first reported Friday that lawyers for the Free Beacon — a conservative outlet based in the nation’s capital — funded the project from fall 2015 to spring 2016, when it pulled its funding as Trump looked set to clinch the nomination.

Lawyers for the Free Beacon informed the House Intelligence Committee of its role in the funding on Friday. The outlet issued a statement standing by its decision to fund the project:

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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.


After the Democrats took over funding of the operation in mid-2016, Fusion GPS would hire former British spy Christopher Steele and would lead to the production of the so-called “Trump dossier,” filled with salacious but unconfirmed claims about how Trump was compromised by the Russians.

Fusion has come under scrutiny for its alleged ties to Russia, including the fact that many of the claims originate from Kremlin sources — meaning that the information came from inside the Russian government.

The Free Beacon noted in its statement that it had “no knowledge of or connection to the Steele dossier, did not pay for the dossier, and never had contact with, knowledge of, or provided payment for any work performed by Christopher Steele.”

“The Washington Free Beacon has issued a statement asserting that it had no involvement with Christopher Steele or the dossier he compiled from Russian sources,” Jack Langer, spokesman for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told Breitbart News. “The Beacon has agreed to cooperate with the House Intelligence Committee to help the Committee verify this assertion.”

Yet, the revelation is likely to fuel questions about the role the so-called “Never Trump” movement played in an effort that would eventually inflict damage on President Trump, and that was possibly part of a Russian misinformation scheme.

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.

The Examiner reports that the Free Beacon was originally part of the 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization — the Center for American Freedom — but in 2014 became a for-profit organization. The Center’s original board of directors includes William Kristol, a prominent “Never Trump” activist.

Kristol is also the founder of the Weekly Standard, which like the Free Beacon has a neoconservative foreign policy outlook. The Free Beacon was co-founded by two former Weekly Standard writers, chairman Michael Goldfarb and editor-in-chief Matthew Continetti.

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“The Washington Free Beacon has issued a statement asserting that it had no involvement with Christopher Steele or the dossier he compiled from Russian sources,” Jack Langer, spokesman for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told Breitbart News. “The Beacon has agreed to cooperate with the House Intelligence Committee to help the Committee verify this assertion.”

Breitbart News’s Matthew Boyle contributed to this report.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/...s-trump-effort/


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#2 RE: Paul Singer-Funded Washington Free Beacon Behind Initial Fusion GPS Trump Effort by algernonpj 27.10.2017 22:55

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From the Free Beacon:


Fusion GPS and the Washington Free Beacon
Matthew Continetti and Michael Goldfarb
2 hours ago


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. All of the work that Fusion GPS provided to the Free Beacon was based on public sources, and none of the work product that the Free Beacon received appears in the Steele dossier. The Free Beacon had no knowledge of or connection to the Steele dossier, did not pay for the dossier, and never had contact with, knowledge of, or provided payment for any work performed by Christopher Steele. Nor did we have any knowledge of the relationship between Fusion GPS and the Democratic National Committee, Perkins Coie, and the Clinton campaign.

Representatives of the Free Beacon approached the House Intelligence Committee today and offered to answer what questions we can in their ongoing probe of Fusion GPS and the Steele dossier. But to be clear: We stand by our reporting, and we do not apologize for our methods. We consider it our duty to report verifiable information, not falsehoods or slander, and we believe that commitment has been well demonstrated by the quality of the journalism that we produce. The First Amendment guarantees our right to engage in news-gathering as we see fit, and we intend to continue doing just that as we have since the day we launched this project.

Matthew Continetti
Editor in Chief

Michael Goldfarb
Chairman

http://freebeacon.com/uncategorized/fusi...ree-beacon/amp/

#3 RE: Paul Singer-Funded Washington Free Beacon Behind Initial Fusion GPS Trump Effort by Cincinnatus 27.10.2017 23:15

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The Free Beacon had no knowledge of or connection to the Steele dossier, did not pay for the dossier...



That's not the issue, lads. The question is what role did your financial angel Singer play in this farce?

Additional note on this guy Singer: He's a major player in promoting the LGBTQ (and numerous other letters) agenda and has worked diligently to get Republicans to endorse same sex marriage.

#4 RE: Paul Singer-Funded Washington Free Beacon Behind Initial Fusion GPS Trump Effort by ThirstyMan 28.10.2017 00:51

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Quote: Cincinnatus wrote in post #3

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The Free Beacon had no knowledge of or connection to the Steele dossier, did not pay for the dossier...


That's not the issue, lads. The question is what role did your financial angel Singer play in this farce?

Additional note on this guy Singer: He's a major player in promoting the LGBTQ (and numerous other letters) agenda and has worked diligently to get Republicans to endorse same sex marriage.



The project began as anti-Trump opposition research by the "conservative" Washington Free Beacon. A bunch of "never-Trumpers" launched the project and then dropped it before the Russian spy Steele became a figure. Byron York has broken this story wide open in his Friday article. Remember the disgusting never-Trump guy Bill Kristol?


Washington Free Beacon funded original Fusion GPS anti-Trump opposition effort

by Byron York | Oct 27, 2017, 6:47 PM

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.

The Free Beacon funded the project from the fall of 2015 through the spring of 2016, whereupon it withdrew funding and the project was picked up by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign.

The original arrangement between the Free Beacon and Fusion GPS involved opposition research into multiple Republican candidates, not just front-runner Donald Trump.

Sources close to the Free Beacon stress that the project, when the Free Beacon funded it, had nothing to do with Russia and did not involve Christopher Steele, the former British spy who gathered anti-Trump dirt in Russia. Steele was retained by Fusion GPS when the project was funded by Democrats, and not in its initial phase, when the Free Beacon was involved.

The Free Beacon was founded in 2012. Its founders included Michael Goldfarb, who has moved back and forth between conservative journalism, politics, and activism. 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.

Conservative billionaire Paul Singer, a major funder of the Free Beacon, strongly opposed Trump at the time of the opposition research project.

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. Kristol is one of the nation's most prominent "Never Trump" activists and during the Republican primary campaign worked to recruit a candidate to challenge Trump for the GOP nomination.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washin...article/2638850

#5 RE: Paul Singer-Funded Washington Free Beacon Behind Initial Fusion GPS Trump Effort by ThirstyMan 28.10.2017 00:56

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UPDATE: Washington Free Beacon responds...

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.

All of the work that Fusion GPS provided to the Free Beacon was based on public sources, and none of the work product that the Free Beacon received appears in the Steele dossier. The Free Beacon had no knowledge of or connection to the Steele dossier, did not pay for the dossier, and never had contact with, knowledge of, or provided payment for any work performed by Christopher Steele. Nor did we have any knowledge of the relationship between Fusion GPS and the Democratic National Committee, Perkins Coie, and the Clinton campaign.

Representatives of the Free Beacon approached the House Intelligence Committee today and offered to answer what questions we can in their ongoing probe of Fusion GPS and the Steele dossier. But to be clear: We stand by our reporting, and we do not apologize for our methods.

We consider it our duty to report verifiable information, not falsehoods or slander, and we believe that commitment has been well demonstrated by the quality of the journalism that we produce. The First Amendment guarantees our right to engage in news-gathering as we see fit, and we intend to continue doing just that as we have since the day we launched this project.


http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washin...article/2638855

#6 RE: Paul Singer-Funded Washington Free Beacon Behind Initial Fusion GPS Trump Effort by algernonpj 28.10.2017 12:13

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Quote: Cincinnatus wrote in post #3

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The Free Beacon had no knowledge of or connection to the Steele dossier, did not pay for the dossier...


That's not the issue, lads. The question is what role did your financial angel Singer play in this farce?

Additional note on this guy Singer: He's a major player in promoting the LGBTQ (and numerous other letters) agenda and has worked diligently to get Republicans to endorse same sex marriage.




Some more information /dirt on Paul Singer:

5 Times Paul Singer Funded Globalist Nonsense Before the Anti-Trump Dossier
by Ian Mason
28 Oct 2017

Paul Singer, through the Washington Free Beacon news outlet, appears to be the Republican behind what eventually became Fusion GPS’s now-infamous dossier on President Donald Trump. It was hardly the first time the Wall Street billionaire bankrolled anti-populist causes. Here are five of Singer’s worst globalist endeavors.

1. Amnesty

Singer has a long history of supporting amnesty for illegals and mass third-world immigration. Not only was he a key backer of the Republican establishment senators sponsoring the 2013 “Gang of Eight” amnesty bill, he joined with George Soros and the Ford Foundation to fund the National Immigration Forum open-borders non-profit. That group even tried to create a sham evangelical Christian front to push amnesty.

2. Same-Sex Marriage

Homosexual marriage went from a radical idea in all but the most leftist of circles to the nationwide law of the land in the space of 15 years. Few Republicans can claim as much responsibility for this social change as pro-gay marriage billionaire Paul Singer. He, for example, personally intervened to pressure the New York State legislature to approve the new definition of marriage.

His links to the leftist agenda, however, did not end with same-sex marriage. The so-called Human Rights Campaign, to which Singer continues to cut checks, led boycotts of the entire state of North Carolina when the elected representatives of that state saw fit to pass a law maintaining the separation of bathrooms on sex.

3. Marco Rubio

The billionaire Singer was an essential factor in Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) being able to stay in the 2016 presidential campaign as long as he did. The two appear to have bonded over the 2013 amnesty push and Rubio and Singer remained loyal to each other thereafter.

This week, Rubio denied any role in the dossier’s creation, telling CNN, “As far as whether it was my campaign, it wasn’t and I’ll tell you why: I was running for president. I was trying to win. If I had anything against Donald Trump that was relevant and credible and politically damaging, I would’ve used it. I didn’t have it.”

Rubio has not replied to Breitbart New’s request for comment since the revelations about Singer and the Free Beacon.

4. Paul Ryan

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI), who has overseen an abysmal first ten legislative months under a Republican president and GOP majorities in both houses. He even floated the idea of a new amnesty without any immigration concessions from the left in order to pass a budget. But he has found a consistent friend in Paul Singer.

According to Open Secrets, Singer has consistently given Ryan the maximum personal donation. In addition, through his Elliot Management firm, Singer has been one of the top donors to Ryan’s associated super PACs.

5. Common Core

Last but not least, Singer, in an alliance with Common Core evangelist Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, was one of the major funders pushing what would represent the largest nationalization of the American K-12 education since the foundation of the Department of Education.


http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/...-trump-dossier/

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