I wanted to call attention this nine-day old article in Politico before I totally forget about it and it gets stale in my hopper.
I kinda knew about this roughly, but I didn’t know how bad the problem was until I read this from front to back. As much as the bipartisan IRSgate scandal hurt the movement and its ability to raise money, what turned out to be even worse was what you read in this article, the conga line of hustlers and grifters who swooped in and swooped down and drained the money the TPM and its foot soldiers were able to raise and contribute and pass around. Conservatism Inc is a beast that always needs to be fed, and it just found a new source of blood. But it’s not the first time: It has been estimated that various Conservatism Inc beggar groups raised a half a billion dollars in the forty years from 1975 to 2005 just off of the concept of peddling Constitutional amendments that had almost no chance of being enacted. The only Constitutional amendment enacted during that time period came off a college student’s political science thesis.
Doesn’t matter, the Trump candidacy and the alt-right have succeeded much of the TPM, and those from it that don’t want to come along have been pretty much jettisoned into interstellar space.
Speaking of the alt-right, what made me call your attention to this article is Vox Day’s post about it today. He reacts:
Don’t even think about supporting any big-money Alt-Right PACs that come into being in the next 2-5 years. If the real Alt-Right figures want your support, we’ll not only request it directly, but we’ll do so for specific purposes and projects whose progress you can track for yourself. We don’t play the “overhead” game.
I think the reason why that won’t really be a problem is that the alt-right consists of cynical younger people who see a scam behind everyone asking for a handout and jilted refugees from the TPM who don’t want to be shamed by being fooled twice.