Mark Levin: “So you’re being told — fair warning — you’d better cease and desist immediately, or you’re going to regret it. That’s not a threat, that’s a fact!”
“Ladies and Gentlemen, there is a political action committee out there that is using my name to raise funds without my authorization. It’s called Defenders of Freedom and Security,” popular conservative radio talk show host Mark Levin announced during his broadcast on Thursday. “It may be a perfectly good group — it may not be.”
“But you see the way it’s supposed to work is that if I’m going to endorse a PAC, which I rarely do, they need my permission. They can’t just take my name and start raising money. I don’t know who these people are — I don’t know who’s getting paid what — I don’t know what they’re donating to whom.”
Less than one month ago, on June 9, the same organization ran into hot water with fellow radio talk show host Dana Loesch after being tipped off by the Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft that “Defenders of Freedom and Security” was using her name to fundraise without her permission.
Loesch reached out the the group’s attorney, Dan Backer of DB Capitol Strategies to request that her name stop being used. DB Capitol Strategies is listed as the third largest expense of “Defenders of Freedom and Security” for the 2014 election cycle, $14,000, via OpenSecrets.org.
Levin went on to explain that he did an interview with a candidate for U.S. Congress, Mike Flynn, who he’s endorsing in the 8th Congressional District in Illinois. However, Levin expressed that the PAC took that interview and his support of Flynn and “they’re trying to raise money on it.”
“It’s not the Flynn campaign. Nobody sought my approval,” a livid Levin proclaimed.
Defenders of Freedom and Security lists $127,976 in total receipts, with only $5,900 being contributed by the PAC to federal candidates in 2014, out of the total $120,787 spent, meaning that less than 5% of funds spent went to candidates.
“So I’m telling them now, on the air, you’d better cease and desist — immediately. I’m not taking this crap anymore. I’m not taking it from other talk show hosts. I’m not taking it from PACs — I’m going to start throwing some very, very sharp elbows here.
I don’t know who these people are. Just because they use ‘Defenders of Freedom and Security’ means nothing to me. I don’t even know if they’re donating [to] or supporting the candidate I endorsed, Flynn.
But you’re not allowed to take my comments on the air, use it for a mailing, use it for a PAC, without my permission. I haven’t given permission to anybody to do any of that.
“So you’re being told — fair warning — you’d better cease and desist immediately, or you’re going to regret it,” Levin, a constitutional attorney who also runs the Landmark Legal Foundation warned the PAC. “That’s not a threat, that’s a fact!” he promised.
Levin said other groups considering using his name without permission to raise money for their groups would also face his wrath.
“You can’t just take somebody’s name, take their statements, and say, “Join Mark Levin and Donate to us!”
UPDATE: After reading the above story, Dana Loesch weighed in on the matter via Twitter:
Don’t test The Great One with scam PACs. http://t.co/mngdC4IWTu
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) July 3, 2015