Overstock founder will sell you election fraud for $ 5 a month
Overstock.com founder Patrick Byrne became a political star in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s election defeat, joining a cast of MAGA allies who have gained new notoriety on the right by insisting that the election had been stolen. The idiosyncratic tech figure even made it into Trump’s inner circle in the dying days of the administration, ditching snacks. a bizarre White House meeting where he told Trump the president’s senior officials had abandoned him.
With Trump removed from office, Byrne has appeared at rallies alongside similar Trump boosters like MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell and pro-Trump attorneys Sidney Powell and Lin Wood, promising bombshell revelations about voter fraud. are imminent.
After a few months of running for MAGA’s cause, Byrne says it’s time fans paid for his wisdom. As he insists the country will soon be rocked by “hand grenades” and “Mother of All Bombs” level revelations about voter fraud, Byrne has started to put some of his updates on. his struggle to prove election wrongdoing behind a payment wall, accusing his supporters $ 5 a month to see the “truth” about the election.
As other campaigners of electoral fraud lies such as Wood and Powell solicit donations for the nonprofits they control, Byrne’s private election updates mark another step towards building an industry permanent and well-funded right by denying that Joe Biden legitimately won the election.
For many of his fans, Byrne’s sales pitch collided with the urgency of his message. If the facts Byrne reveals about the election are so vital, with the fate of American democracy itself at stake, why is he calling for it?
“I’m really disappointed,” a Byrne fan said on Saturday on Byrne’s page on Telegram, a social network that has become popular with the far right. “If this is the decisive revolution we are told, why are we paying for information?”
Another Byrne commentator pointed out that as the founder of a company now valued at over $ 3 billion, Byrne is not really strapped for cash. Byrne’s net worth is not public, but he sold his entire Overstock for around $ 90 million in 2019, after resigned of the company following revelations of his relationship with Russian agent Maria Butina. Byrne no longer has any affiliation with Overstock.
“The fact that the former CEO of Overstock needs our monthly donation to do what you do still makes me suspicious,” the Telegram user wrote.
Byrne has won many followers, however, and is expected to make more than $ 1.1 million a year from his paid election updates, according to a Daily Beast analysis of his sequel.
Byrne this spring set up his Paid Election Fraud feed on Locals, a subscription site founded by right-wing comedian Dave Rubin who is also used by Fox News host Greg Gutfeld and Dilbert creator Scott Adams. So far, Byrne has racked up over 19,100 subscribers, each paying either a $ 5 monthly subscription or an annual subscription of $ 55. At the monthly rate, that means Byrne can expect to make $ 1.15 million per year, minus credit card processing fees and a 10% discount taken by the Rubin Company.
Byrne claims he has also moved many of his Telegram updates to the locals because he likes the site’s format, dubbing it “OnlyFans for intellectuals,” in reference to the adult entertainment site based on the site. ‘subscription.
In an email to the Daily Beast, Byrne defended charging for updates on his hunt for voter fraud, insisting that all the money was spent on his efforts to fight what he called a “Gentle coup”. Byrne claimed to have spent $ 5.5 million of his own money so far investigating electoral fraud, part of the $ 45 million he claims to have spent more than 15 years “investigating corruption in the US As the election approaches, Byrne said, he funded a team of “various strange people” he dubbed the “Bad News Bears” to investigate voter fraud.
“100% of the people in FUNDS paying me on the locals will help fight this fight,” Byrne told The Daily Beast. “People say they want to help. Well here’s a way to sign up for five dollars a month. “
Byrne declined to say exactly how the money he earns from locals will be spent.
However, it’s unclear if Byrne fans are getting their money’s worth. Many of the videos used in Byrne’s member-only posts are available elsewhere for free and often in better quality. For example, Byrne posted footage of a Michigan press conference featuring a lawyer trying to verify that state’s ballot totals. But Byrne’s version of the video is undermined by the use of a “snowflake” filter, which makes the whole press conference look like the whole press conference was in a snowstorm, with windy sound effects. screaming added to what was supposed to be a serious event.
Byrne, like other proponents of the idea that the election was stolen from Trump, likes to predict that a massive change in the outcome of the election is just around the corner, a ‘common thread’ of evidence about to be unleashed. On May 3, Byrne claimed his ally, pillow mogul Mike Lindell, would soon reveal evidence of electoral fraud that would “force the Supreme Court to step in.” With the month almost over, however, that moment has not yet arrived.
Not everyone complains about the fees. In the Byrne Locals comments section, people who have already paid Byrne $ 5 a month are often happy to pay. A Byrne subscriber described the payment as a security fee “against joining libtards.”
“It’s a theft for the TRUTH!” wrote another.
This is not the first time Byrne has made money from his association by claiming the election was stolen. Sales of Deep rig, his book on Election and Its Consequences, hit Amazon’s sales peak. The book was successful even though much of it was taken directly from Byrne’s blog, produced in such haste that the print version included embedded hyperlinks and videos, made unnecessary by being printed in book form.