The former fundraising director of the Ron Paul Presidential Campaign Committee, Jonathan Bydlak, says that Richard Viguerie sought to sell his services to Paul in exchange for a “huge cut” of Paul’s prodigious campaign cash.
While I was not involved directly in the discussions and don’t remember the exact terms of the deal, Richard Viguerie offered to “help” the Ron Paul campaign similarly to how he is “helping” Bob Barr. For a huge cut of the money he raised; Viguerie was willing to support Ron Paul. We did not accept what amounted to an absurd offer, and likewise — despite all the talk of Mr. Viguerie’s “conservative credentials” — he did not endorse Ron Paul for president.
In reference to Viguerie’s “Ultimate Ron Paul” Web site, Bydlak cites Paul’s campaign manager Lew Moore:
[Viguerie] has never supported this campaign, he has certainly not been a part of our campaign this cycle. He one time approached our campaign to raise money for us, for a large amount of money. But we didn’t need the services of a very high priced beltway insider, and that is what Mr. Viguerie is.
I caution your listeners that when you register on that website he’s going to take your name and do things like this with it.
Viguerie, the new owner of the once-reputable Third Party Watch, now supports Bob Barr for president, and will be the keynote speaker at the Libertarian Party National Convention this weekend.
UPDATE: Mr. Bydlak has clarified his account, and the article has been updated to conform.