Pro-Trump pundit, conservative media tycoon and self-proclaimed Parler investor Dan Bongino was apparently tricked into being promised shares of Parler by investor and conservative mega-donor Rebekah Mercer, according to former Parler CEO John Matze. This allegation is within a new lawsuit claiming that Bongino and Mercer used bullying and intimidation to take away Matze’s shares in Parler when they ousted him.
The nearly 20-page lawsuit from Matze, filed in the Eighth Judicial District Court of Nevada, says that Bongino “purports” to be a shareholder in Parler, before elaborating that the former CEO believes that “Mercer avoided executing any of the ownership documents to allow her to later dispute that Bongino has any such interest.”
Bongino and a Parler spokesperson didn’t respond to multiple Salon requests for comment as to whether Bongino actually owns shares in Parler. Bongino, a Fox News contributor and frequent guest on Sean Hannity’s show, has for many months billed himself on the network as an investor in Parler, or as he put it on Jan. 18, “an investor in both Parler and Rumble, alternative platforms.” Matze appears to suggest that shares on the company may have never been signed over to Bongino at all.