No’ Money, Mo’ Problems: Militiaman’s Fundraising Plea Devolves into Lawsuit and Mistrust

The jailed militiaman had an interesting fundraising appeal. He called it his “cry for help.” Now, there’s crying all around as the money-raising attempt has descended into chaos, conflict and mistrust. In this case, Schaeffer Cox wanted the fundraising to stop, going as far as writing he was “wary” of the people who claimed to support him. As a result of his note, he received a scathing email from someone he once called a friend. Money is at the heart of the battle. Members of the “Free Schaeffer Cox” movement hired Eberle Associates, a prominent conservative firm based in McLean, Virginia, to raise money for Cox’s appeal. But Cox, who claims he is a political prisoner, alleged in a lawsuit that he never received money raised on his behalf. The conflict reached its nadir when Cox wrote to an Eberle copywriter and said he didn’t want the company raising money for him anymore. That exchange prompted the sharp response. On Feb. 11, 2016, Cox sent an email to Ryan Mobley, a copywriter with Eberle known for handling conservative fundraising pitches. He told Mobley to stop the pledge campaign because he was wary of the Free Schaeffer Cox board members. “I’m just saying I’m not going to ask people to donate to ME when in reality I have no idea at all where the money is actually going,” Cox wrote. “That’s reasonable.”
But it apparently didn’t seem reasonable to Maria Rensel. Rensel was a friend of Cox’s from their days in Republican politics in Alaska. She replied in an email signed by the other board members: “Perfect timing Schaeffer … right when the work is ready to pay off, you self-destruct.”
How did we get here? Cox ran the Alaska Peacemakers Militia until he was sentenced in 2012 to 26 years in prison for engaging in a conspiracy to kill a state judge and police officer. That plot led to the latest dust-up. Cox, a 35-year-old former Republican candidate for the Alaska Legislature, needed the money to appeal his conviction. Eberle counts prominent conservative clients such as the Koch Brothers-funded FreedomWorks among its customers. The company has also worked with the American Border Patrol, which the Southern Poverty Law Center designates as an antigovernment group.

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