With David Barton as Principal Officer, Non-Profit Mercury One Gave $100k to Barton’s Wallbuilders


Sometime in 2013, Mercury One, a non-profit founded by Glenn Beck but run by principal officer David Barton, gave $100,000 to Barton's Wallbuilders, also a non-profit run by Barton. Such gifts appear to be questionable under IRS guidelines addressing gifts which benefit insiders.Barton founded and is head of Wallbuilders, and was recently tapped to run the Keep the Promise group of Super PACs with over $38 million to spend supporting Ted Cruz.On Mercury One's 2013 990 form, Barton is … [Read more...]

David Barton’s Biblical Constitution – Happy Constitution Day!

Happy Constitution Day!In recognition of the day, I am reprinting a popular post (July 2013) debunking David Barton's contention that the Constitution quotes the Bible. In recent days, Barton asserted that the founders believed God's law was higher than the Constitution. The quote from theologian Timothy Dwight provides a powerful counter to Barton's claim.David Barton's Biblical ConstitutionIn his speeches to churches, David Barton asserts that there are Bible verses throughout the … [Read more...]

Christians in Nepal Welcome Vote for Secular Government; Religious Right in U.S. Still Want Christian Nation

Read this report regarding the recent vote in Nepal to make the nation neutral on religion. Hindu nationalists in Nepal took the streets after their constituent assembly rejected a proposal to make Nepal a Hindu nation.Then read this press release on Nepal's vote by the group who represents Gospel for Asia. While I have written many things about GFA (and have much more to write), on this matter, I agree with Yohannan. The vote is a win for religious pluralism.Gospel for Asia Founder Dr. … [Read more...]

Are Conservatives Rethinking David Barton?

Maybe.Reacting to the news that David Barton had been appointed to head up the Ted Cruz supporting Keep the Promise Super PACs, Messiah College historian John Fea wrote this: Recently I have been in conversation with some Christian conservatives who have decades of experience as Christian Right insiders.  These Christians are growing more and more concerned about Barton's views of the American past and are worried that they have been sold a bill of goods when it comes to their understanding … [Read more...]

Ted Cruz Asks: When Have You Bled for Conservative Wedge Issues? Do You Have Clinton Fatigue?

Thanks to David Barton, a lot more people will now be watching what Ted Cruz donors are saying via the Keep the Promise Super PACs.Just today, Keep the Promise One dropped an ad on You Tube. Cruz gets passionate about gun rights, the Iran deal, Obamacare, and immigration.How can you tell a true conservative? Apparently, they have bled for conservative principles.Sounds frightening.The Keep the Promise plan for Cruz to win proposes that Cruz will do better among Hispanic … [Read more...]

PAC Backing Ted Cruz Bashes Romney; Pushes Wedge Issues to Bring Out White Voters


The PAC backing Ted Cruz calls Mitt Romney a "terrible candidate" and believes Cruz will be able to turn his Cuban heritage into Hispanic votes if he wins the GOP presidential nomination. In a report titled, "Can He Win?" the PAC now headed by David Barton is sharply critical of Mitt Romney and his campaign for the presidency. CNN posted a link to a slide show with the same content back in July, but that link now is dead.The report repeatedly tells readers, "In 2012 a terrible candidate … [Read more...]

Ted Cruz Speaks At David Barton’s Legislative Conference

The Keep the Promise Super PAC now being run by David Barton is not supposed to collaborate with Ted Cruz or his campaign. Thus, Cruz can't be criticized directly for the fact that the PACs supporting him named Barton as the head of day to day operations. However, Cruz can be criticized for lending his credibility to Barton's work when he speaks at Barton's pastors briefing. Cue Alan Noble's article on how to revitalize young conservatives.@TedCruz speaking at #Wallbuilders Pastors Briefing … [Read more...]

David Barton’s New Project: What is Keep the Promise Super PAC?

Bloomberg broke the story today that David Barton has been appointed to lead the umbrella Super PAC Keep the Promise. The PAC supports Ted Cruz but is structured in a curious manner. There are actually several PACs which supported Cruz, four of which named Keep the Promise. It is not completely clear to me that Barton will lead all of them.In any event, what is known about the KtP family of Super PACs?Ballotpedia appears to be a good source of information about them. Some highlights of … [Read more...]