Political operative and longtime Donald Trump ally Roger Stone sent a series of social media posts endorsing Massachusetts state Rep. Geoff Diehl, who’s running a campaign to unseat Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in 2018. But, as Media Matters reports, the endorsements appear to be advertisements paid for by Diehl’s election campaign.
Stone had previously begun working with Alliance Strategies Group (ASG) to “exclusively represent his online presence” through his website, “Stone Cold Truth.” Marketing himself as a “Trump confidante,” Stone offered “digital advertising opportunities,” including “ads on the website, sponsors newsletters, social media posts and … dedicated email messages to his passionate and active freedom-loving audience.”
On June 16, Diehl’s campaign reportedly rented Stone’s e-mail list, sending a lengthy message from the candidate asking for help “to retire Elizabeth Warren.” The email, sent from Stone’s website, and obtained by Media Matters, was prefaced with the message:
We are excited to share with you a special message from one of our sponsoring advertisers, Diehl for Senate. It is also sponsors like that help fund Stone Cold Truth.
Please note that the following message reflects the opinions and representations of our sponsor alone, and not necessarily the opinion of Roger Stone.”
Days later—without indicating whether the posts were advertisements—Stone’s social media profiles began posting pro-Diehl messages and seeking donations from Stone’s Facebook and Twitter followers.
“The Stone Cold Truth is that we need a U.S. Senator who will put Massachusetts first!” Diehl posted, sharing a fundraising link Stone has posted on his own Facebook page.
As Media Matter notes, Stone’s endorsement of Diehl appears to be a recent conversion. Colleagues at his newest gig—the Alex Jones conspiracy website InfoWars—are backing fellow Republican nominee and self-proclaimed “inventor of email” Shiva Ayyadurai. Stone landed the job at the up-and-coming network last night, with Jones promising “five nights a week with Roger Stone.”
Stone, who refers to himself as the "dirty trickster" and has a back tattoo of Richard Nixon, is reportedly under FBI scrutiny over potential coordination with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election.