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HR Manager at Turning Point Brands, Inc. in Louisville, KY



$80K — $100K *


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Less than 5 years

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Valid through: 12/22/2020

About Turning Point Brands, Inc.

Turning Point USA, often known as just Turning Point, is an American right-wing organization that advocates conservative principles on high school, college, and university campuses. The organization was founded in 2012 to promote conservatism on campus. The organization was founded by conservative political activist Charlie Kirk, now executive director, and William Montgomery. TPUSA's sister organizations including the Turning Point Endowment, Turning Point Action, Students for Trump, and the Falkirk Center for Faith and Liberty. The group also works closely with PragerU. The organization is known for its "Professor Watchlist", a site that "exposes" professors that TPUSA claims "discriminate against conservative students and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom". Academic faculty listed have reported receiving threats and harassment, including death threats, after being added, with some professors being added for any mention of race or politics, including in academic publications. The Anti-Defamation League has reported that the group's leadership and activists "have made multiple racist or bigoted comments" and have links to extremism, including white supremacy. According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, TPUSA has attempted to influence student government elections in an effort to "combat liberalism on college and university campuses." The group often supports the Trump campaign, and has been subject to several controversies around their beliefs, their means of advocacy, and the organization itself. Turning Point is funded by a cohort of conservative donors and foundations, including Republican politicians. Between July 2016 and June 2017, the organization raised in excess of US$8.2 million. The same year, leaked records found that the group had funnelled "thousands of dollars" into student governments to elect conservatives. Donors include Home Depot co-founder Bernard Marcus, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, Richard Uihlein, and the Donors Trust on behalf of private donors. In May 2012, Bill Montgomery attended a panel discussion at Benedictine University's "Youth Empowerment Day," and was impressed with a speech by 18-year old Charlie Kirk. He described Kirk's speech as “practically Reaganesque”, and encouraged him to postpone college and engage full-time in political activism. In June 2012, the day after Kirk graduated from high school, he founded Turning Point USA, a section 501 nonprofit organization. Montgomery became Kirk's mentor, and worked behind the scenes handling the paperwork for the organization. Montgomery often described himself as the group's co-founder, although it was not an official recognition by the group or Kirk. At the 2012 Republican National Convention, Kirk met Foster Friess, a Republican donor, and persuaded him to finance the organization. Friess also serves on the organization's advisory council, alongside Ginni Thomas, wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Barry Russell, president and CEO of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, is a key advisor. In 2017, the loosely connected group Turning Point Canada registered a chapter in Canada. In 2019, Turning Point UK was set up in the United Kingdom. Charlie Kirk,[citation needed] an evangelical Christian and Republican activist, was born in the Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights, Illinois, and raised in nearby Prospect Heights, Illinois. He is founder and president of the organization and the related Turning Point Action. In a 2015 speech at the Liberty Forum of Silicon Valley, Kirk stated that he had applied to the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, and was not accepted. He said that "the slot he considered his went to 'a far less-qualified candidate of a different gender and a different persuasion'" whose test scores he claimed he knew. In 2017 he told The New Yorker that he was being sarcastic when he said it, and at a New Hampshire Turning Point event featuring Senator Rand Paul in October 2019 he claimed that he never said it. Kirk addressed the 2016 Republican National Convention. In an interview with Wired magazine during the convention, Kirk said that while he "was not the world's biggest Donald Trump fan," he would vote for him, and that Trump's candidacy made Turning Point's mission more difficult. He spent the rest of the 2016 presidential campaign assisting with travel and media arrangements and running errands for Donald Trump Jr. Several former employees and student volunteers for Turning Point claimed they had witnessed collusion between high-ranking Turning Point employees – including Kirk himself and top advisor Ginni Thomas – and the presidential campaigns of both Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. The interactions included Kirk coordinating via email with two officials at a pro-Cruz super PAC to send student volunteers to work for the PAC in South Carolina, as well as two students being requested by Thomas herself, via voicemail, to distribute over 200 Cruz placards in Wisconsin. A former employee for Turning Point, who had been based in Florida, alleged that Turning Point had given the personal information of over 700 student supporters to an employee with Rubio's presidential campaign. In October 2016, Kirk participated in a Fox News event along with Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, and Lara Trump that had a pro-Donald Trump tone. A Turning Point staff member wrote on Facebook that students who attended the event would have their expenses covered. The event led tax experts to say the organization's conduct may have violated its tax-exempt status, a charge disputed by Turning Point. Montgomery, was a marketing entrepreneur and onetime participant in the Tea Party movement. He invested in Kirk after he heard him speak to students at a small college, and helped him set-up Turning Point USA in 2012. He served as the organization's secretary and treasurer until April 2020. According to two of Montgomery's friends, Montgomery died in July 2020 from
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