Steve Bannon Declares War On Republican Mega Donor Paul Singer

Tyler Durden's picture

Last week, the New York Times confounded the expectations of many rabid followers of the various investigations into the Trump campaign when it revealed that the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative news website funded in large part by hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer, was the Republican-affiliated group that hired Fusion GPS - the opposition research firm that supervised the creation of the ‘Trump dossier’ - to conduct opposition research into then-candidate Donald Trump during the Republican primary.

The Free Beacon reportedly ended its relationship with Fusion in May 2016 after Trump clinched the nomination, and has maintained that it didn’t contribute in any way to the Trump dossier. The DNC and Clinton campaigns reportedly hired Fusion in April, via Democratic superlawyer Marc Elias, and quickly realized that Trump’s business ties to Russia could be an important vulnerability.

Paul Singer

Still, Singer’s push to discredit Trump apparently caught the eye of one of the president’s most loyal former employees, former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, who reportedly told the president in a phone call last week that he was going "off the chain" to destroy Singer, according a report by Axios published today.

Bannon reportedly added that he had been looking for a long time "to set things right with Singer and his entire crew," according to a source familiar with the conversation.

As Institutional Investor reported in profile of Singer published Monday, the hedge fund manager - who is CEO of $34 billion hedge fund firm Elliott Management - was a major funder of the #neverTrump campaign, Singer – the CEO of – left no stone unturned in an effort to stop Trump from gaining the Republican nomination last year. Singer initially supported Florida Senator Marco Rubio in the primary.

While Trump readily agreed with Bannon on the call, he later told at least one person that Singer was “on the team”, Axios said. A source familiar with the arrangements told Axios that Singer had already made a "major commitment" by financing groups supporting the administration’s tax reform push.

However, since the phone call, Breitbart, Bannon's preferred blunt instrument for attacking his political opponents, has run several stories critical of Singer:

II pointed out that after Trump’s election, Singer said at a Bloomberg event in June, “I became optimistic about some of the opportunities in economic growth and regulatory reform, tax reform.” Singer said he and Trump “chatted a bit about taxes and economic policy” when he visited the White House. In addition to funding the Free Beacon, Singer is also chairman of the conservative Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and a major financier of Commentary magazine.

A source close to Singer said the billionaire had no idea who Fusion GPS was until they became a subject of news reports related to Trump and Russia. Though the source added that of course Singer generally knew — and it was public knowledge — that the website he funds, the Washington Free Beacon, paid for opposition research. Since the story broke, the president has told several people he views the NYT revelations as a "win" for Republicans because they show that only Democrats and the Clinton campaign paid for the controversial dossier, produced by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele.

However, Bannon’s animosity toward Singer probably springs from the latter’s support for establishment Republican groups.

Thus far this cycle, Singer has given approximately $1.5 million to Republican candidates and political action committees, more than $1 million of which is going to the Senate Leadership Fund, which works to get Republicans elected – Republicans who are often at odds with candidates backed by Bannon, who is backing insurgent Republicans who want to oust more traditional candidates.

However, Singer also donated $1 million to Trump's inauguration and has supported various administration efforts including funding the successful outside campaign to back the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. And while Trump reportedly loathed Singer during the campaign, their relationship has improved considerably since he won the nomination.

Bannon, of course, has been astoundingly successful in his efforts to thwart the Republican establishment and its favored candidates. He most recently won at least one victory, with establishment-backed Senator Luther Strange of Alabama losing the Republican primary to Bannon-backed candidate Roy Moore. He also famously blasted former President George W Bush during a speech at the American Values Summit earlier this month after the former president criticized Trump.

And while Singer has access to a vast sum of money to fund establishment candidates, Bannon has a wealthy patron of his own in the Mercer family, which helps to finance Breitbart and has pledged to support Bannon’s agenda. Reports of the feud come as Bannon is on a roll. Senators Jeff Flake and Bob Corker have said they will not run again, clearing the path for Bannon-backed candidates in both Arizona and Tennessee.

But of course Singer is uniquely qualified to match Bannon in terms of funding and organizational know-how.

In a battle that encapsulates the rift between the pro-Trump and pro-establishment wings of the Republican party, who will come out on top? What do you think?

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nmewn's picture

Paybacks a bitch ;-)

evoila's picture

People are going to start getting called out as anti-semites in 3, 2, 1 ....  

nmewn's picture

lol...the callers tend to be anti-semites or self-loathing pricks themselves anyways, its just a rhetorical screaming Tea Bagger ;-)

espirit's picture

Singer is not on Soros Blacklist.

I guess that means he's got to go...

nmewn's picture

Its a blood sport, he knew that going in and chose poorly. I think a proper penance is in order first.

He should bow and kiss the ring ;-)

jcaz's picture

Bannon has been a delight- well played, sir!

nmewn's picture

Oh absolutely, kickin ass and takin moar "kinder-gentler" ;-)

Bes's picture

Bannon declares war on 51 fronts and counting



against the zionist - neocon - bankster - goldmanites

in the white house

847328_3527's picture

Is Paul Singer a pedophile like the other anti-Trumpsters?

Paul Kersey's picture

But not all pedophiles are "anti-Trumpsters":


Epstein likes to tell people that he's a loner, a man who's never touched alcohol or drugs, and one whose nightlife is far from energetic. And yet if you talk to Donald Trump, a different Epstein emerges. "I've known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy,'' Trump booms from a speakerphone. "He's a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it -- Jeffrey enjoys his social life."

Déjà view's picture

Bannon a 'Passionate Zionist,' and Says Top Jewish Trump Donor

'What is being done to Steve Bannon is a shonda,' says RJC board member Bernie Marcus.

Allison Kaplan Sommer Nov 16, 2016

Steve Bannon to speak at pro-Israel dinner in first appearance since White House sacking Former Trump adviser to address Zionist Organization of America event alongside the US ambassador to Israel and Sheldon Adelson BY JTA August 29, 2017



Jewish Right lobby vs. Jewish Left Lobby...ENTERTAINMENT!

Sheldon Adelson probably planning another trip to Israel with Tejas Gov. Greg Abbott...OFF LIMITS...Bannon? 

nmewn's picture

But you approved of Obama's no doubt...right down to Turbo Timmy cuz..."He is the only one who understands these complicated mortgage investment vehicles & tranches!" reported by a gushing Andrea Mitchell.

It would be better to pass yourself off as an unaffiliated fool like all the other progs Bes, that way, no one thinks of you as a sucker ;-)

Bes's picture


only a simpleton would confuse critical thinking

calling out hypocrisy

and criticism of trump et al. for declaring

fealty to Obama, Hillary, or anyone else for that matter


or are the standards so low and the bar so pathetically lowered

around zerohedge that orange julius is beyond reporach?

nmewn's picture

"Well, there ya go again..." attacking innocent orange people based on the color of their skin vs the content of their character...instead of Chuck


Your choices in capitalization betray your underlying claim of any critical thinking.

Work on it for next time, simpleton ;-) 

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ Bes,

Dear Steve,

We Americans are being set up by the Mossad to all kill each other for a reason.

Now the NATO Zionist Jew Bolsheviks Criminal Central Banking Cabal who purchased our electoral system is turning America's Gentile against each other so there can be no sustained peaceful non violent, multiracial resistance to Zionist occupation as this is the Nazijew Bolshevik Banker Cabal's worst nightmare.


Their Makers.

dark pools of soros's picture

That's a second term type battle...

E.F. Mutton's picture

Preferably the brown, puckered one.

Paul Kersey's picture

Bannon is backed by the Mercers. So it's Mercer vs Singer, billionaire vs billionaire, Washington Free Beacon vs Breitbart and Jew vs Jew. What are the possibilities that they could destroy each other?

WillyGroper's picture

quick throw a penny in the ring.

Paul Kersey's picture

They'll turn it into copper wire.

sarz's picture

Any evidence that Mercer is a Jew? 

nmewn's picture

His is coming, did you know Obama's shriveled, wrinkled up hand was wrapped around dollars going to Fusion GPS...

"Since April of 2016, Obama's campaign organization has paid nearly a million dollars to the law firm that funneled money to Fusion GPS to compile a dossier of unverified allegations against Donald Trump."

...through the Perkins Coie law firm as well? 

While in his "presidential role" (lol) he's using the dossier as the means to get FISA warrants on Hillarys opponent. You really couldn't fantasize the length and breadth of this scandal.

But its real.

847328_3527's picture

"Attempts to reach Obama at the Bath House were not successful. The receptionist, Jon, said he was busy with Reggie at the moment."


~ World News

Scuba Steve's picture

"But during the Attempts they did hear some grunts and what would be described as piggy squeals in the background".

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ nmewn,

Investigations, probes.?

Nothing short of






Execution for Crimes Against Humanity & Crimes Against the American People will suffice.

You would think the Criminal Law Enforcement Agencies would want to get back to good standing with the American People. However, whatever trust, loyalty & respect the American People had for them has been squandered.
And, they only have themselves to blame for not arresting, indicting, enprisoning & Executing Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopath Hillary Clinton and others.

Fuck Them!

Fuck their Bolshevik Revolution Part II!

And, their

Tyrannical Lawlessness.

BobEore's picture


Competing Srael-firsters BANNON and Singer... battling it out for influence over their dupe Merikan golems!

So far gone into Noahide trace-form-nation is the fallen Republic that all there is left to the news is cheesy stories of rats fighting over the spoils.

Bannons' srael-first media agit-prop Breitbart is the tool of Robert Mercer \"Cue Robert Mercer - whose daughter Rebekah serves on the board of Breibart's Government Accountability Institute - a group which serves up the stories which will support, or derail, the campaigns of many political hopefuls. There is some serious money behind Breibart and it's growing ambitions - some say $10 million of Mercer's money is already invested."

Singer - YET ANOTHER TALMUDIC SIONIST INFLUENCER/BAGMAN ... has no political affiliation outside of that to INTERNATIONAL FINANCE CAPITAL...

"This is how the lobby functions: It wants no daylight between the government of Israel and the U.S. government, so it cultivates politicians. It doesn’t care in the end who is sitting in the Oval Office, it is prepared to work with him. The neocons left the Democratic Party in the ’70s over Israel and became Reaganites. Then they abandoned George H.W. Bush in the ’90s and switched to Bill Clinton after Bush took on Israel over the settlements. Bush blamed his loss in part on the Israel lobby. Then they switched to his son George W. Bush in 2000, as Bush filled his administration with neocons."

and the dupes never... ever... wise up to the shell games being played here.

sarz's picture

Maybe Trump and Bannon are pretending to love Zionists and mean to love them to death. Men at work, BobEore. Relax a bit. Enjoy some magic mushrooms. 

Lumberjack's picture

Some folks say others are a lot of nasty words. I say, prove us wrong...

nmewn's picture

I'm not sure what someone means by calling someone an anti-semite anymore, much smarter people than I have made the convincing case that it includes the Arabian peninsula, Syria and all the way across to Mesopotamia.

Its become a lot like Nigh-Jur or Knee-Jair, I have no idea what they're talking about ;-)

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ nmewn,

Star of Remphan / David.

Satanic New World Order Globalists. These types of jews (the main ones who are in power), are Talmudic (babylonian text), International, Zionistic Jews.

They control our money supply (federal reserve- Alan Greenspan, Ben Bernanke, Janet Yellen - all jews), control our banks (fed, central banks around the world, Rothschild), are working with our politicians, our president (jared kushner, george soros-friendly globalist), the ones who are influencing the migrant crisis (barbara spectre), and of course george soros is a jew.

They are responsible for the Russian revolution (lenin, trotsky were both jews, stalin had a jewish mother), are responsible for cultural marxism (frankfurt school was all jewish).

When I'm referring to "Jews", I'm not talking about everyday average orthodox or religious, torah jews. When I say "Jews", I'm referring to the ones in seats of power; zionist jews whose goal is global domination and deracination of sovereign countries and destruction of western society.

Acts 7:43 KJV.

43 Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.

Remphan is Saturn, whose symbol is a cube, or six-sided object, or the perimeter of the hexagonal star that appears on “Israel’s” flag.

As soon as Stephen bought this up, the Jews in attendance stoned him to death. We should therefore point this out as often as we can. (They) hate it.

Ain't No Sunshine's picture

Days without Jewish Tricks.....0

lester1's picture

Nobody gives a shit anymore. Everyone's pissed off at these piece of shit globalists!!

boattrash's picture

When will people start getting called out as anti lobbyists, anti-corruption, anti establishment, anti-Govt, PATRIOTS? Maybe when we start holding their feet to the fire, their necks to the rope, and the blades to their fucking throats...Rant off...BT

espirit's picture

Let's start with those that made Soros 'Blacklist'.

They'll need our help to rout the traitors.

Blue Steel 309's picture

Breitbart is primarily for Israeli propaganda. Israel has been at odds with the US secular Jews in recent years, because Israel worries about political blowback against the out of control heebs here.

In the end they are all on the same Tribe, but this is how they squabble with each other.

sarz's picture

Check out the comments at Breitbart. It's a free speech middle-brow website. It's not primarily Zionist propaganda. There's some pretty free ranging discourse about Jews there. They'll print it so long as you don't sound like a bot. So don't say Shlomo and stuff of that sort and you can push the envelope of sincere and honest antisemitism as far as you like. 

GreatUncle's picture

To not like somebody because of the detrimental affect they have had on your life ... then to be called anti-semite is to confirm the person having a demtrimental affect on your life is jewish. The UK home secretary did a similar blunder recently during her speech making reference about targetting anti-semitism ... not one word about racism, islamaphobia etc.why not?

1. The first question is who told / advised her to say that?

2. The next question is are they feeling they may be targeted because of their acts?

3. Then if so what were the acts they committed that we may end up feeling this way?

Answer 1,2 & 3 and you will find alot more pissed off people in the world.

Hulk's picture

I believe payback is one of those funny english words that is always singular.

Nevertheless, payback is a bitch, especially when delivered bannon style...

Giant Meteor's picture

I think the "traditional" parties (both) are mortally wounded ..

NewHugh's picture

Anyone with tons of money doesn't care about political affiiliation. They will do any and everything in their power to fuck over anyone who gets in their way of getting more...

Giant Meteor's picture

Point taken ..

I suppose what I was trying to say, the veneer is purdy much peeled off of team USA ...

But I thank you for bringing me back to the reality of the situation ...

Gulfcoastcommentary's picture

Agree with you that both parties are mortally wounded. But we're seeing Trump and Bannen completely transform the Republican party as we speak. The Repub establishment types will be pushed out.  No such change or purge can or will happen to the Dems, so they are truly doomed. It'll be the Republican party that will transform into a sensible and viable party. The Dems are going into the ashcan...and anyone can see that!!

Publicus_Reanimated's picture

No, the traditional parties are in cocoons.  One will emerge as a butterfly, the other will die and mummify.  This is not Ike's GOP or Nixon's GOP or Reagan's GOP or the GOP of anybody named Bush.  Conversely, the Democrat Party today is the party of Obama, Clinton, Carter, Johnson, Truman and FDR.  I make an exception for Kennedy, but they killed him for not being with the program.

P.S. Ford doesn't count, never elected to anything higher than Congressman from a district in Michigan.

Debt-Is-Not-Money's picture

"Ford doesn't count,"

True, but he was on the Warren Commission and voted with the majority.

The presidency was his reward!

Scuba Steve's picture

What did Oblamea do to get his Presidency reward? (And yes, I'd like to hear some good ones ...)

Lumberjack's picture

Go get em Boss! I’m right in front of you so tell me when to duck! Or, let me have em!

DaiRR's picture

This should be interesting.  If Singer is the swamp creature you say he is, go get 'em Steve !

strangeglove's picture

What's n it for me?

curbjob's picture

You get to listen to great fiddling while DC burns.