It sure is curious that the Russia-tied company that handed over $500,000 to Trump lawyer Michael Cohen for as-of-yet-unclear services had a side gig promoting white nationalism, for some reason.
As NBC reported Wednesday morning, Columbus Nova also spent 2016 and 2017 registering a number of websites aimed at young white supremacists, or members of the so-called “alt-right.”
Among the URLs registered were domains like Alt-Right.co, Altrights.co, Alternate-rt.com, and Alt-rite.com. Some of the domains, like Alt-Right.com and Altrights.co, were registered in late August 2016 — just a few months before the American election — while others, like Alt-rite.com, were created in August 2017.
None of the sites were apparently ever used. They may have been purchased as a “squatting” effort, waiting for another buyer to come along, or they may have been purchased for a larger effort that never came to pass.
Columbus Nova is currently scrubbing all past mentions of their Russian affiliation, which is also Really Damn Curious. Until the end of 2017 they were listed as one of the companies of the Renova Group, Viktor Vekselberg’s conglomerate; they’re now insisting to reporters that such ties are untrue. No matter—federal investigators have almost certainly sorted all of that out many months ago.
But the purchase of numerous domains targeting the American white nationalist movement is a fascinating little tidbit. How odd it is that a single company would both be paying a large sum of cash to Donald Trump’s right-hand man and would have an apparent keen interest in the far-far-right of American politics. Mighty curious indeed, that.