As questions were raised last year about candidate Donald Trump, some people saw Evan McMullin as a possible alternative if they didn’t like Trump.
Since then, McMullin has remained Never Trump, constantly criticizing his actions on social media.
But he’s also attacked other Republicans and revealed himself to not be as conservative as he had claimed.
More troubling, he appears to have secret donors backing his actions, according to the Daily Caller.
From Daily Caller:
McMullin’s recently founded non-profit organization, Stand Up Republic, jumped into the Alabama Senate race this week with a $500,000 ad buy against Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. One of the ads features a man saying Roy Moore “makes Republicans and us Christians look bad.”
The massive ad buy “may end up being one of the largest third-party interventions in the state,” according to the Washington Post.
McMullin’s ad campaign against Moore comes as President Trump and the Republican National Committee have jumped back into the campaign on Moore’s behalf.
Stand Up Republic hasn’t revealed its backers because it is classified as a 501(c)4 “social welfare” group.
Groups like Stand Up Republic are allowed to spend money in elections — which they are doing in Alabama — as long as their “primary” purpose isn’t overtly political. This generally requires spending less than half of the organization’s resources on political activities, although that rule can be difficult to enforce.
McMullin revealed in a tweet last August that his group had “about 4,000 donors across the country from both sides of the political spectrum and larger donors from Silicon Valley.”
Among the largest donors to McMullin’s group is billionaire eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, who funded an anti-Trump super PAC during the presidential campaign. Omidyar has donated at least $250,000 to the group to “push back against dangerous demagoguery in our politics.”
But the others and those ‘from Silicon Valley’ remain private.
McMullin has refused to reveal their identity.
TheDC requested an interview with McMullin and sent a list of questions asking for, if not the identities of Stand Up Republic’s donors, at least details such as how many of the group’s donors have passed certain benchmarks ranging from $1,000 to $1 million. That would at least provide insight into how much of McMullin’s funding is from grassroots supporters and how much is coming from the donor class. But Stand Up Republic declined all of TheDC’s requests.
McMullin has continually attacked Trump, calling him a traitor who is loyal to Russia, despite having no basis for the claim. Shortly after the campaign, McMullin claimed, “Donald Trump is not a loyal American and we should prepare for the next four years accordingly.”
He’s also attacked other Republicans like Ed Gillespie, who ran for governor of Virginia. McMullin appeared to support the horrible race-baiting ad run against Gillespie by Ralph Northam who ultimately won. McMullin claimed that Gillespie had embraced ‘white nationalism’ when in fact Gillespie had condemned it very clearly after the violence in Charlottesville.
His carping at Republicans has made him a guest on MSNBC.
All of this has greatly disturbed Republicans who voted for him, many of whom have now disavowed him.
I do not regret voting against Trump, Hillary, Johnson & Stein, but I regret voting for McMullin. https://t.co/HlY9ywXMWZ
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) November 7, 2017
— Josh Hammer (@josh_hammer) February 25, 2017
I've done a few mea culpas about publicly supporting @Evan_McMullin, but here's another. Sorry guys. I made a mistake.
— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) November 7, 2017
McMullin accuses Trump of hiding things with Russia, a claim which has not been shown to be true.
But it’s true that McMullin isn’t being transparent about who is behind him, who is funding him. Indeed, his connection to Omidyar suggests more Russian connections than does Trump.
Reveal the other names, Evan.