David Brock has long been a bête noire of the Right and the center of speculation about many nefarious plots, but a new allegation of corruption and tax violations might have some meat on it, reports the Daily Beast’s Lachlan Markey and Lachlan Cartwright. What started off as an IRS complaint against the founder of Media Matters and other non-profits has pulled the veil back on several “murky” financial ties in Brock’s empire.
Conservative action group Patriots Foundation kicked this off with an IRS complaint after reviewing the filings from American Bridge 21st Century, a Brock non-profit, and a for-profit media outlet now called American Independent, owned by Brock’s True Blue Media LLC. Brock told donors in 2017 that True Blue’s news operation would be a profit center complete with advertising and subscription revenues, which Markay covered while working at The Free Beacon, and which caused a ripple of laughter from observers at that time:
Democratic operative David Brock wants to charge users for a “Twitter-like” website exclusively for progressives, one of his many ideas to monetize his network of political advocacy and nonprofit groups, internal documents reveal.
For a fee, visitors to Brock’s Shareblue website will gain access to an exclusive knock-off of the popular social network, one “free from conservative trolls and harassment.”
The plan is one of eight revenue-generation ideas pitched to donors at a retreat in Florida over the weekend. Brock assembled wealthy liberals at the conference to plot political strategy in the Trump era and promote four organizations that he founded or currently oversees.