The Lincoln Project, a prominent political action group formed by never-Trump Republicans, is now on the receiving end of some pointed allegations.
According to the National Pulse, a list of the organization’s expenditures have raised a number of questions related to self-dealing.
The group’s latest controversy
Specifically, the report noted that some of the Lincoln Project’s largest payments to vendors went to companies directly connected with its own founding and active members — to the tune of millions of dollars.
News of the group’s curious expense reports came in the wake of another scandal impacting a prominent member.
As The Hill reported, cofounder John Weaver admitted to sending inappropriate and sexually themed messages to a number of men.
The number of gay men I know who have a “John Weaver DM’d me and made me uncomfortable” story is astounding. An overwhelming number of men have been made to feel this way. https://t.co/4jIHB0gGbj
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) January 16, 2021
“To the men I made uncomfortable through my messages that I viewed as consensual mutual conversations at the time: I am truly sorry,” Weaver told Axios. “They were inappropriate and it was because of my failings that this discomfort was brought on you.”
A string of questionable expenses
The Lincoln Project became well known in certain partisan circles over the past several years, feeding off of donations from Americans across the political spectrum who opposed the Trump agenda.
As the most recent reports allege, some of its members might have been helping themselves to indirect access to those donations through payments to several companies.
The Lincoln Project’s largest expense last year, for example, topped $6.1 million and went to Summit Strategic Communications LLC, a venture with ties to the Lincoln Project cofounder Reed Gallen.
Ron Steslow, an adviser to the Lincoln Project, leads the firm Tusk Digital, which received more than $4 million in the organization’s funds. According to the tally, another $61,000 went to Grassroots Lab, a firm led by Lincoln Project cofounder Mike Madrid.
Between July and September, financial disclosures show that the Lincoln Project brought in a staggering $39 million in donations.