MAGA Candidate Gets A Salary From A Company That Doesn't Exist
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October 25, 2022

Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez will face Republican Joe Kent in the general election for the 3rd District congressional seat currently held by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, the latter of whom was one of ten Republicans who voted to impeach Donald J. Trump.

So, it's now between the two, and Joe Kent is a far-right election-denying loon who has said that he believes the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection was an "intelligence operation" and that defendants are being held as "political prisoners."

There seems to be a mystery surrounding Kent since he has reported making $122,110.36 from a company as a "project manager" for a tech start-up called "American Enterprise Solutions," which doesn't appear to exist. Kent's past work with the CIA has driven conspiracy theorists up the wall despite the candidate's far-right views.

Via The Daily Beast:

The enigma of the former Green Beret's income has prompted fevered conspiracy-mongering on fringes of the internet, where his past work for the Central Intelligence Agency has marked him as a supposed "puppet of the deep state." These suspicions have arisen despite Kent's vaccine-bashing, endorsement from not just Trump but right-wing billionaire Peter Thiel, and his vanquishing in the August primary of Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), one of the few Republicans to support the ex-president's impeachment.

One website, has posted multiple videos in which audience members questioned the candidate about his employment situation. In one clip from May, Kent reiterated that the name of his employer is "American Enterprise Solutions," and maintained that "we do a wide variety of 5G conversion type of stuff." In another, Kent told an audience member that the firm is in Virginia, and added, "we have a lot of proprietary software."

The outlet noted that American Enterprise Solutions doesn't hold any patents or trademarks, has no licenses, no website, no social media pages, and it is not a single publicly announced contract with a government agency or a private wireless provider.

The Daily Beast phoned the owner of the only company ever formed under that name in the Commonwealth of Virginia, who said that the entity—listed as inactive in the State Corporation Commission—has been defunct for the better part of a decade, did not work in the tech sector, and never employed Kent.

Still, spokesman Ozzie Gonzalez insisted, "that's the company where Joe works."

There is nothing that isn't weird about Republicans these days. It's so strange that this far-right-wing candidate is being accused of being part of the deep state, and yet, there is something extremely fishy about this guy.

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