Radio personality Mark Levin is a well know figure in the American Conservative Movement. In 2016, he has assumed the role of Ted Cruz’s media cheerleader. Levin actively uses his nationally syndicated radio program, blog, twitter account and Facebook page to promote Ted Cruz. Well, actually he doesn’t so much promote Ted Cruz as incessantly berate and smear Cruz’s primary opponent, Donald J. Trump. Levin and Cruz work in tandem, spreading misinformation and half truths about Donald Trump, while with a straight face asserting the Cruz is the true “outsider” candidate. Not only is the claim incorrect but the continuous stream of Trump smears borders on fraud and misrepresentation.
Levin and Cruz endlessly repeat the mantra “Cruz is the only Constitutional Conservative” while riding the edge of legality with their campaign tactics. Both Levin and Cruz have revealed themselves to be little but ethically challenged hypocrites, power hungry lawyers riddled with cynicism and arrogance. They are conducting a coordinated campaign of disinformation against Donald Trump and his supporters.
Who is Mark Levin?
Mark Levin (pronounced le-VIN) is Virgina based lawyer, author and current president of the Landmark Foundation, a non-profit foundation which espouses Conservative causes. Levin cut his political teeth in the Reagan administration working for Attorney General Edwin Meese III. The same Ed Meese who became embroiled in the Wedtech Scandal and was forced to resign. Levin also represented Meese during the Iran Contra Scandal. Levin has remained loyal to Meese over the years and Meese has served as a board member of the Landmark Legal Foundation, of which Mark Levin is President.
The Landmark Legal Foundation is organized in Missouri and according to Federal non-profit laws. I’m not going to dispute that Landmark does good work, it does. And I applaud their many victories against the Democrats and other far left extremists. But since Levin has spent such a disproportionate percentage of his time fabricating anti Trump smears and disseminating them, he and his foundation are fair game.
As a 501(c)3 non-profit Landmark Legal Foundation is required to file a form 990 with the Internal Revenue Service. Here are a few highlights from Landmark’s 2013 filing statement.
Page 8 contains compensation information. Levin as President/Director of the foundation, commands a hefty salary of $235,400. See also column F which indicates that Levin receives additional compensation from this charity and related organizations of $109,669. So Mark Levin raked in $345,069 from the Landmark Legal Foundation in 2013.
Interestingly, he represents that he works 40 hours per week at the Foundation. Is that accurate? Between a daily radio show and authoring books and advocating for the Cruz campaign, it would seem awfully difficult to squeeze in 40 hours each week. When does Levin sleep? Maybe he’s amortizing his hours worked!
Note also that Edwin “Ed” Meese III resurfaces as director and vice president of this non-profit. To his credit, he is not compensated. Scrolling further down this page reveals Robert S. Levin, staff counsel. Mr. Levin also works 40 hours per week and hauls in a salary of $104,167 plus additional compensation of $98,703 for a geand total of $202,870 per annum from this non-profit. Scroll down to page 32 of this report and you will discover that the two Levins are related.
(B) ROBERT S LEVIN IS THE BROTHER OF MARK R LEVIN, THE PRESIDENT OF LANDMARK LEGAL FOUNDATION.
See also page 30 of this report, which indicates that employees were paid a discretionary bonus is 2013.
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, IN THE EXERCISE OF ITS FIDUCIARY DUTY, DETERMINES THE APPROPRIATE BONUS, IF ANY, TO BE PAID. DURING 2013, DUE TO POSITIVE
PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR THE YEAR, THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS PAID EMPLOYEES A DISCRETIONARY BONUS.
Who exactly supports the Landmark Legal Foundation? As of 2002 the following entities provided funding for Lanmark.
According to MediaTransparency, Landmark received $8,935,200 between 1986 and 2003 in a total of 118 grants.
Landmark has received $20,000 from ExxonMobil Foundation since 1998.
According to its 2002 990 report, Landmark Legal Foundation received $1,567,258 in gifts, grants, and contributions in 2002.
Other funders include the Allegheny Foundation, Lynde and Harry Bradley, Foundation, Inc., Carthage Foundation, Castle Rock Foundation, JM Foundation, Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, Philip M. McKenna Foundation, Inc., John M. Olin Foundation, Inc., Sarah Scaife Foundation, and the Scaife Family Foundation.
His donors include many well known establishment donors like Charles Koch. Koch is also an open borders advocate . Other notable GOPe donors include the Scaife Family, Exxon Corporation and the Castle Rock Foundation. Castle Rock is funded by the Coors family which built its fortune selling Coors Beer to the masses. The big money supports Levin and his “Conservative” causes just like the big money controls Ted Cruz.
Waiting for the Trump Collapse that Never Came
Why is Levin so threatened by Trump? It seems that Levin and other factions of the Republican Establishment (“GOPe”) are desperate to return to power after eight years in the wilderness with the Obama Administration. But imagine how the American People feel, it’s been at least 30 years since we’ve have anybody who cares about doing what’s right for us. Every year more foreigners are taking away our jobs and the so called Conservatives like Cruz, Ryan, Boehner, McConnell, George W. Bush have done nothing to protect native born American citizens. Even Cruz has supported amnesty, global trade pacts and an increase in legal immigration.
Ted Cruz and Mark Levin hate Trump because he has completely outfoxed them. Ted Cruz has been a GOPe insider for a long time. Ted and his wife Heidi met working on the George W. Bush campaign. His wife works at Goldman Sachs. We all now know how deeply embedded in the establishment Ted Cruz is. But Cruz knew in 2016 that an insider wouldn’t sell. So what’s a power hungry one term Senator to do? Why, reinvent yourself of course.
Cruz worked tirelessly to position himself as the ultimate outsider, with years of staged protests in the Senate. He crafted a new persona, from the ashes of true a George W. Bush insider, a new superhero designed to run against the establishment in 2016 was born. Cruz carefully and methodically set himself up to be the conduit of voter rage in 2016; the man of principle, integrity and adherence to the Constitution.
We know now, however, that Cruz is a very calculated, poseur and not an authentic man of the people. In fact, Cruz has far more in common with effete elitists like Barrack Obama than he does the average American.
Donald Trump, a true GOPe outsider and political neophyte grabbed the populist surge which Cruz had positioned himself to take. So the rage you hear every day on the Mark Levin show is based on jealousy and envy. Trump grabbed the anti-GOPe crown in his announcement speech and never relinquished it. Cruz and Levin, like many others, initially dismissed Trump as a lightweight entertainer and not a serious threat.
Ted Cruz knew Conservative heavyweights like Levin would use their media platforms to excoriate Trump at every Turn. What he failed to glean is that Trump is much more sophisticated and media savvy than anyone realized (dwarfing Levin and Cruz’s relatively cynical and dishonest efforts). The American people are seeking the truth, not more of the lies and smears doled out by Levin and the rest of the GOPe.
Although Cruz and Trump remained chummy for a while, Cruz dropped his phony “outsider with integrity” act when it became clear Trump was going to maintain his lead. Cruz, in desperation, began non-stop attacks of Trump. They soon became bitter rivals. While Cruz did lead in Iowa after Ben Carson collapsed, he soon began dropping. Now one day before Iowa causes, Cruz sits precariously in second place with the strong possibility of tumbling below Rubio into third.
Cruz famously bragged, all he had to do was to wait for Trump to implode and he would gloriously and instantly acquire all of Trump supporters and be swept into the White House. This proved to be delusional at best. Cruz’s entire campaign is predicated on him harnessing voter rage and becoming the GOPe outsider. Instead it has collapsed into a mess of smear tactics and questionable campaign strategies.
Unethical Behavior by Mark Levin
Mark Levin used his pulpit on radio and television to distribute a stream of half truths and lies regarding the Trump campaign. I touched on this in my prior post, “Desperate GOPe Conspires to Take Down Trump“.
In a nutshell, Levin has gone way over the Tump in his hatred of Trump. In so doing has offered many potential lies and half truths. He has repeatedly showered voters with over the line rhetoric.
For instance he accuses Trump of dodging a ficticious debate with Ted Cruz which Cruz demanded when Trump skipped the second Fox Debate. Levin implies that Trump is dodging but the truth is Levin knows that it’s not going to happen. If any of the Republicans participate in an unscantioned debate they would be barred from future 2016 sanctioned debates.
I think rather than Trump, it’s Levin that needs to check himself. Levin has a history of browbeating politicians with whom he disagrees. Take Ron Paul for example. He threatened to scuttle Ron’s son Rand’s Senatorial campaign if Ron Paul ran as a third party ticket. What a class act Levin is.
It’s important to remember that licensed attorneys, even when not actually practicing law are subject to ethical regulations. In Virginia for instance, where Levin is licensed to practice law the following standard applies.
Virginia Rules – RULE 8.4 Misconduct It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to: (a) violate or attempt to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct, knowingly assist or induce another to do so, or do so through the acts of another; (b) commit a criminal or deliberately wrongful act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness or fitness to practice law; (c) engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation which reflects adversely on the lawyer’s fitness to practice law; (d) state or imply an ability to influence improperly or upon irrelevant grounds any tribunal, legislative body, or public official; or (e) knowingly assist a judge or judicial officer in conduct that is a violation of applicable rules of judicial conduct or other law.
It remains to be seen whether Levin’s over the top half truths and smears concerning Donald Trump rise to the level of fraud, dishonesty or deceit under Virginia law. But all one needs to do is peruse Levin’s twitter timeline to see the unhinged rantings of someone obsessed with Donald Trump; someone seemingly willing to do almost anything to scuttle Trump’s Presidential run. Perhaps Cruz has offered Levin a juicy cabinet position in exchange for his help in defeating Trump. Who knows, but that’s how the D.C., GOPe insiders operate.
Unethical Behavior by Ted Cruz
Ted Cruz has drawn scrutiny for his questionable campaign tactics in Iowa. The closing days of his campaign have revealed rather dishonest tactics designed to induce voters to Caucus with Cruz.
- One strategy is to apply advanced analytics to facebook accounts in order to deliver more precise marketing messages.
- Cruz also sent a misleading direct mail piece which claimed to contain a check.
- Cruz may have violated ethics regulations and election law with his fraudulent mailings which misrepresented to voters that they had a failing voting grade from the government. As the Secretary of State of Iowa pointed out, no such ratings exist. The New Yorker explains that Cruz’s mailer may be even more fraudulent than you realized.
On the ground in Iowa there have been reports of suspect conduct from the Cruz campaign.
Today, the Cruz campaign has been smearing Trump with endless lies about Obamacare as well. Trump pushed back and rightfully called Cruz a liar.
Clearly at minimum there is suspicious activity from the Cruz campaign in Iowa. Does it rise to criminal conduct, I’m not sure. But it’s the death of high integrity good guy image that Cruz fastidiously crafted. What’s left is just another scheming, lying politician who will say and do anything to get elected. Ted has been reduced to a mud slinging sleaze.