Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Arianna Huffington just can’t say no to wealthy Republicans. The Huffington Post’s new AOL overlord is a major Republican donor said to one “the most conservative people around.”
Huffington Post readers are already worried about the blog’s $315 million acquisition by AOL and this tidbit is sure to make the Huff Poles certain the deal spells trouble.
While the AOL CEO Tim Armstrong refers to himself as “a libertarian,” the fact is he’s said to be “one of the most conservative people around,” says a source close to him.
Armstrong gave $500 to Thomas Herrmann’s 2010 run for Congress and Armstrong’s wife is an even bigger Republican donor. She’s given thousands to Republican Rob Simmons’s campaigns for Congress.
It’s widely known that Huffington Post Queen Bee, Arianna Huffington, started her professional life as a rightwing Republican,and only jettisoned her conservative world views after learning her former husband, Michael Huffington of Texas, was gay.
As a venture capitalist with a boatload of money, Tim Armstrong’s acquisition frenzy may not stop Huffington Post. He’s also expressed an interest in buying Yahoo.