A book publisher that purported to be pro-MAGA was sued by a prominent conservative writer who says they’re full of it.
According to Tablet magazine, two years ago The New York Times ran a story about a new publisher that was offering its services to the pro-Trump writers who’d been rejected by by the major publishing giants.
The emergence of the new publisher, All Seasons Press (ASP), prompted seasoned conservative writer Lee Smith to sell the rights to his book, “The Thirty Tyrants,” to the company.
But then something strange occurred. ASP complained about the contents of the book and tried to strongarm Smith into renegotiating his contract. But why? Smith now believes he knows exactly why.
This story of a big time Soros guy named Scott Bessent who presents himself as a GOP donor is one of the craziest stories I’ve read in a long time. Great work by the amazing @ArminRosen https://t.co/wPMsm7Qlwa
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) November 8, 2023
According to a lawsuit he filed in October of 2022, it turns out that ASP is secretly owned by Scott Bessent, a close associate of none other than radically far-left billionaire George Soros.
“Bessent’s name did not appear in any of the media coverage of ASP’s launch or on ASP’s website and masthead, and Smith’s lawsuit alleged the company hid Bessent’s involvement from both Smith and from his literary agent, the Washington, D.C.-based Keith Urbahn,” according to Tablet magazine.
“Bessent headed Soros’ London office for most of the 1990s and served as chief investment officer for Soros Fund Management from 2011 to 2015. He invested $2 billion of Soros’s money in 2015 to launch his own shop, Key Square Capital Management,” Tablet’s reporting continues.
But there’s more.
Smith’s book, which argues that “Americans at the top of the financial, entertainment, and political industries had sold their country out to communist China,” mentions Soros by name because of his own overtures to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
In the 2010s, he reportedly lauded China’s “doctrine of harmonious development,” hailed the Chinese government as “better functioning” than the United States’ government, and advocated “partnership with China to avoid world war.”
Based on all this, Smith has accused ASP of acquiring his book through fraud by hiding the fact that the company is under the control of a top Soros associate.
“In the case’s complaint, Smith maintained that Bessent’s objections to the content of the planned book were the reason for ASP’s repeated attempts to strong-arm him into renegotiating his contract in the months … with the publisher eventually threatening legal action if Smith didn’t repay his advance along with an additional $30,000,” Tablet notes.
“Smith believed ASP misrepresented and concealed their true ulterior motive and intention, which was to contract with Smith and pay him an advance in order to ‘to take Smith’s book off the market and destroy its value,'” according to Tablet.
Responding to Smith’s suit, ASP claimed his allegations are a “sham” and that the truth of the matter was that he’d failed to produce a manuscript on time. Yet ASP did admit that Smith had a point about Bessent.
“[T]he defense more or less conceded the truth of some of Smith’s major claims, namely that Bessent has a significant role in the publisher, and that his involvement was hidden from both Smith and from the public,” according to Tablet.
“The fact that Mr. Smith was surprised to eventually come to learn the politics of a prominent person who financially supports ASP is irrelevant. ASP had no obligation to out its benefactor’s identity, his personal political and economic beliefs or his connection to ASP,” ASP’s lawyers reportedly wrote in a motion to dismiss the case.
The case eventually concluded with a settlement of sorts whereby Smith agreed to return the upfront payment that ASP had given him, and ASP in turn agreed to release the rights of the book back to him.
Statement from publishing house that signed my book on how relationship between US & CCP elites is destroying America — w/o disclosing owner is a Soros partner who’s invested $100millions in CCP companies, then sued me. @arminrosen reports: https://t.co/3hALTOAc7G https://t.co/FfavIEBLB4
— Lee Smith (@LeeSmithDC) November 8, 2023
For Smith, it was a worthwhile trade.
“My book is about how the Chinese Communist Party impoverishes Americans and threatens our national security by working with elites in the United States across the political, corporate, and cultural establishment,” he explained to Tablet.
“The ties are deliberately opaque and obfuscated, and I spend enormous time tracing them and identifying key parts of that network. I’m glad to have the rights to my work back,” he added.
As for ASP, it’s still conducting business as usual and, in fact, recently published a biography of Tucker Carlson by fellow conservative writer Chadwick Moore.
But this isn’t the only lawsuit ASP is part of. The company has sued former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in an attempt to get its $1 million advance back, claiming that he breached the contract, according to the Associated Press:
“Meadows’ reported statements to the Special Prosecutor and/or his staff and his reported grand jury testimony squarely contradict the statements” in “The Chief’s Chief,” according to the lawsuit, filed in Sarasota, Florida. A central theme of Meadows’ book is that “President Trump was the true winner of the 2020 Presidential Election and that election was ‘stolen’ and ‘rigged’ with the help from ‘allies in the liberal media,’” the court papers read in part.