Well, the NYTimes, actually serves it:
“[Steve] Schmidt and the three other men who started the Lincoln Project — John Weaver, Reed Galen and Rick Wilson — had already quietly moved to set themselves up in the new enterprise, drafting and filing papers to create TLP Media in September and October, records show. Its aim was to transform the original project, a super PAC, into a far more lucrative venture under their control.
“This was not the only private financial arrangement among the four men. Shortly after they created the group in late 2019, they had agreed to pay themselves millions of dollars in management fees, three people with knowledge of the deal said. … Fresh reporting by The Times found that Mr. Weaver’s inappropriate behavior was brought to the organization’s attention multiple times last year, beginning in January 2020.”
And for another point of view:
George Conway, Other Lincoln Project Co-Founders, Call Group to Shut Down, Fight Trumpism In Other Ways
…The newspaper’s investigation found that the Lincoln Project, a Republican political action committee that gained popularity for its anti-Trump media campaign ahead of the November election, transferred roughly $27 million of its donations to a consulting firm operated by co-founder Reed Galen. The report noted that Galen and four other co-founders, Steve Schmidt, John Weaver and Rick Wilson, were compensated through the transfer endeavor.
“@ProjectLincoln should shut down, absent full disclosure of its finances. As this detailed story shows, there’s simply too much money that hasn’t been accounted for, and, I fear, never will be,” Conway tweeted on Monday, with a link to the latest Times report about the Lincoln Project’s financial dealings.
And then Conway suggest transferring the grift elsewhere:
“I know LP’s supporters want to continue the fight against Trumpism, and I urge them to do so in some other way. Fortunately, there are an ample number of other groups fighting that fight, such as: @AccountableGOP @protctdemocracy @BulwarkOnline,” he continued.
The Lincoln Project may have started out as a simple grift, but just one goddamn year later, it was an even bigger grift featuring a serial sexual-harasser and an epic cover-up, and the founders were all green room habitués on our only liberal teevee channel.