Who funds Turning Point USA? Porn star Brandi Love calls group a 'religious cult' after ban

'It is simply not appropriate for a porn star to be actively posting images at an event with 15- and 16-year-olds present,' the organizers stated


                            Who funds Turning Point USA? Porn star Brandi Love calls group a 'religious cult' after ban
Brandi Love aka Tracey Lynn Livermore was turned down by Christian groups at Turning Point USA's Student Action Summit (Twitter/Brandi Love)

Porn star Brandi Love, who is a vocal supporter of the Republican Party and writes for 'The Federalist', was banned from a conservative event on July 17, 2021. Organized by non-profit 'Turning Point USA', the Student Action Summit had originally invited Brandi Love as a VIP guest. However, she was later prohibited by Christian conservatives, prompting her to label the organization as a "religious cult". 

Love, whose real name is Tracey Lynn Livermore is a prominent adult film star and GOP supporter. Her VIP guest pass was revoked on the account of her professional identity, which was objectionable to many conservative Christian people attending the event. Following her removal, Love took to social media to vent her thoughts, condemning the TPUSA as a "Trojan horse" for organized religion. She added, "If I had known it was going to behave and feel like a religious cult, I would have never gone. It's not a central message in their mission. I love God, hate organized religion."

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Who funds Turning Point USA?

Founded way back in 2012 by Charlie Kirk, Turning Point USA is a conservative non-profit registered as a 501(c)3 type of organization. According to their official bio, the primary aim from TPUSA is to "identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote the principles of freedom, free markets, and limited government." Founder Charlie Kirk founded the non-profit just after graduating from high school. 

The organization described itself as the "most organized, active, and powerful conservative grassroots activist network on high school and college campuses across the country." With a steady presence in over 2,500 educational campuses, TPUSA believes in conservative policies like capitalism, gun rights and also the idea of America as the greatest country in the world. TPUSA has a reputation for "exposing" professors and teachers who "discriminate against conservative students" and also perpetuate "leftist propaganda" in the classroom.

Currently headquartered at Phoenix, Arizona, the organization clocks an annual revenue of over $28.5 million as per 2019 data. It's sister organizations 'Turning Point Action' , 'Turning Point Endowment' and 'Students for Trump' are also quite popular. Funded by top GOP politicians and affluent donors, TPUSA regularly welcomes former President Donald Trump at their events and conferences. 

The group has sparked controversies time and again for racist or bigoted remarks, and even death threats and harassment to academics. The Student Action Summit (SAS) is a popular annual event held by TPUSA and regularly features top GOP leadership, including Donald Trump. In the 2021 edition of the event as well, Trump was a chief guest who addressed the teenage attendees and asked them to "imagine" a world sans the "liar" news media. 

Meanwhile, as Brandi Love expressed her disappointment over getting banned at TPUSA, the organization issued a statement about the decision. They shared with Newsweek that the Love's removal was in tandem "with its standard operating procedures to not involve porn brands, influencers, or personalities that post or publish sexually explicit and pornographic content."

Love had posted a photo at the SAS event on July 19, 2021, which was taken probably before she was turned down. She tweeted the photo of herself in a demure gray shirt dress, in response to critics wondering about her attire at the event.



 

The organizers stated, "...concerned parents rightly alerted us to the extremely pornographic nature of her social media post, and event leadership immediately took the appropriate steps in keeping with the best interest of the minors present at the event. The bottom line is that it is simply not appropriate for a porn star to be actively posting images at an event with 15- and 16-year-olds present in conjunction with graphic pornography."

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