The National Review interviewed Steven Baer, the man behind what must be America's least fun conservative email list. Baer, a major conservative donor, sends threatening and insulting emails to groups of Republicans who do things he personally does not like. Although many of the recipients aren't even sure how Baer got their email, the messages leave little mystery about Baer's political beliefs: "The subject of one Baer thread is 'Values Voters Vaginitis'" the National Review explains, "a reference to accusing social conservatives of being prostitutes to the GOP." And once Baer checks you in to his list, you can never leave: "Baer has mocked those who try to unsubscribe," the Review's Jonathan Strong explains.
Another example: Baer sent an email to a bunch of members of Congress on the night before the shutdown ended. That email was more or less a list of primary deadlines for incumbent Republicans who might vote for a piece of shutdown-ending legislation: “Now let us dine on RINO flesh," it read, according to the National Review. And no one seems to know how Baer got the emails of so many members of Congress. This isn't the email contact listed on the website of a legislator for public use. These are the emails kept private from everyone except for inner posses of aides. Baer insinuates to the Review that he has people on the inside to help him get contacts, but doesn't elaborate. In addition to the "dozens" of Republican congressmen on the list, Baer also emails the Koch brothers, Foster Friess, Matt Kibbe, Tony Perkins, Grover Norquist, Erick Erickson, and Rick Santorum. Those names are often sent openly in the "to" field of Baer's missives.
And while it seems that the content of many of the emails are unwelcome to its recipients, Baer, remember, is a major donor. He helped fund Rick Santorum's 2012 campaign for the presidency (read more on his role in the campaign here). So here's the Heritage Foundation's Jim DeMint trying to talk Baer away from funding a specific project to just straight up donating to the think tank:
In the long e-mail threads, Baer offers to donate $500,000 to anyone willing to fund the kind of hard-hitting television ads targeted at the “wimpy,” “squish,” “RINOs” Republicans he is disgusted with. A response from Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint included in the thread says as DeMint has discussed with Baer, he appreciates his “passion and zeal for freedom and the future of our country” and would love to accept a “no strings attached” donation, after which “your country will be in your debt. . . . And I will too.”
But Baer's main issue is abortion. He, apparently, believes that Rick Santorum — Rick Santorum — is tied to the funding of international abortion, and therefore regrets his alliance with the socially conservative candidate. Baer told the Review that he wasn't interested in mincing words with Republicans over what he believes, hence the tone of his emails: "I’m just interested in the truth. The truth is that House Republicans are actively financing abortion subsidies. John Boehner’s House Republicans have become the world’s biggest abortion financiers. Efficacy is another question. I think truth comes first.”