|New Owner: Willis Carto of the Liberty Lobby
In June 1998,
Tom Metzger's White Aryan Resistance Update first reported
that Willis Carto, founder and leader of the right-wing anti-Semitic
propaganda group Liberty Lobby, had paid the Michigan tax bill which, in the end, came to only a few hundred dollars, including tax, penalty and interest and acquired Resistance Records.
At first, Resistance
kept the new owner's identity under wraps, possibly because Carto
was not especially popular with many in the movement. But by the
fall of 1998, Resistance Magazine subscribers started receiving
The Spotlight, Liberty Lobby's weekly newspaper, with a cover
letter beginning "Dear RESISTANCE Subscriber." It solicited new
subscriptions, but also offered six months of The Spotlight,
to replace the missing issues of Resistance. The letter thanked
a "generous (but anonymous) Resistance subscriber who has
made this offer possible." The letter noted that Carto and company
could easily identify with Resistance Records' experience, seeing
themselves also as victims of a conspiracy to shut them down: "As
you know, an illegal raid by authorities motivated by politics closed
down the magazine. Hopefully not forever. We here at The Spotlight
can certainly relate to this type of strong-arm tactic."
1998, Resistance Records had relocated to Etiwanda, California,
near San Bernardino, under the joint ownership of Carto and his
business partner, Todd Blodgett, a former low-level White House
staffer in the Reagan administration. Blodgett finished journalism
school in 1983 and then worked for various Republican politicians.
By 1995, he had fallen under Carto's influence, handling more business
and marketing functions for him as time progressed. He eventually
became Carto's partner.
and Resistance Magazine had vastly different readerships
at the time when the change in ownership occurred. Resistance
focused exclusively on the hate rock scene and its young audience,
while The Spotlight's average reader was so much older that
Blodgett reportedly joked that it was "filled with ads for denture
adhesives and incontinence underwear."
partnership soon hit rough waters. Carto was dealing with financial
difficulties stemming from a legal struggle to control his Holocaust-denial
propaganda machine, the Institute for Historical Review. He was
ultimately forced to declare bankruptcy and relinquish control.
After falling out with Blodgett, Carto decided to sell his stake
in the company and, by March 1999, Blodgett had found an eager taker
in Dr. William Pierce, leader of the National Alliance, one of the
most dangerous organized neo-Nazi hate groups in the United States
Next: National Alliance Takes Charge