Accuracy in Media

Evan McMullin, a third-party independent and anti-Trump presidential candidate in the 2016 presidential election cycle, was the subject of anti-Trump media frenzy leading up to his lackluster electoral results. McMullin, a former CIA agent, tried to challenge Trump’s electoral bid and has since founded a nonprofit organization called the Stand Up Republic.

However, a report surfaced regarding McMullin’s 2016 campaign finances, where the Federal Election Commission (FEC) may fine his campaign tens of thousands of dollars for missing reporting deadlines and discrepancies in their filing reports. The Daily Caller reported that the McMullin campaign is at least $670,000 in debt, with no debt relief in sight.

Vendors and former campaign workers have gone unpaid, with invoices piling up and McMullin and his campaign manager avoiding phone calls and e-mail messages. A former campaign staffer then told the Daily Caller that McMullin seemingly betrayed the virtues he extolled on the campaign trail of fiscal conservatism and integrity but not paying workers back over a year and a half from Election Day 2016. Instead, the former staffer said that McMullin is focused on unpaid media appearances and his social media profile.

The mainstream media has not published articles on the initial Daily Caller report and subsequent quotes by the former campaign staffer, having already used McMullin to try to derail Trump in the 2016 cycle and failed.

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