Newsmax, the conservative media company that routinely hypes politicians like Donald Trump, reportedly pledged $1 million to the Clinton Foundation last year, and its CEO said Hillary Clinton would be “a great presidential candidate.”
A spokesman for Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy told the Wall Street Journal for an article published on Wednesday that the organization had pledged the money over a five-year period.
It wasn’t necessarily an endorsement of a Clinton run for 2016, the spokesman told WSJ, but he added that Ruddy thought Clinton would “make a great presidential candidate.”
The pledge may surprise those who remember the conservative Ruddy as a vociferous critic of the Clintons throughout the 1990s, raising questions about the suicide of Vince Foster at a time when conservatives suspected the couple had a hand in his death.
Despite this history, Ruddy has been friends with the Clintons for several years, according to the Journal.
h/t Andrew Kaczynski