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Congressional candidate Nick Begich III co-owns, holds key positions at notorious conspiracy theory organization

On the campaign trail, congressional candidate Nick Begich III has gone to great lengths to portray himself as a reliable, practical conservative, and a more staid alternative to his notoriously volatile Republican opponent, Sarah Palin. But campaign filings and public documents reveal that Begich III co-owns and has long held multiple leadership positions at Earthpulse Press, Inc., a lucrative Alaska-based publishing house that creates and promotes crackpot conspiracy theories–including the bizarre claim that the University of Alaska Fairbanks operates a massive mind control device that can manipulate populations, create earthquakes, and remotely alter the climate by beaming energy into the atmosphere.

For years, now-candidate Nick Begich III has held an ownership stake in Earthpulse and served in an official capacity as the company’s vice president, secretary, and treasurer. Begich III declared between $115,002 and $1,050,000 in recent income from the organization on candidate financial disclosure forms.

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Earthpulse also applied for and received tens of thousands of dollars in federal and state Covid-19 emergency relief money–at approximately the same time that Begich III was donating $650,000 to his own congressional campaign.

“Mind Control: The Ultimate Brave New World”

Earthpulse Press, Inc is an Alaska-based business that produces and distributes media promoting conspiracy theories and what might be described as new-age spiritual beliefs. The company’s website is rife with dubious medical advice and cryptic pseudoscientific claims about mind control, energy, telepathy, and futuristic “Star Trek” weapons. A banner on the website exhorts visitors to join “the Hidden Monks Masterclass.” The website contains content promoting the antisemitic New World Order conspiracy theory, which posits that a cabal of global elites–typically Jewish–are engaged in a vast effort to enslave humanity.

Much of the work on the website is attributed to candidate Nick Begich III’s father, Dr. Nick Begich, who co-owns Earthpulse along with his son and an individual named William Love III.

Though the content on Earthpulse ranges over many topics, the company is most focused on a constellation of conspiracy theories related to the HAARP research facility in Gakona, Alaska. The facility was built starting in 1993 with the support of Senator Ted Stevens, and is currently operated by the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF).

According to UAF, “the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program, or HAARP, is a scientific endeavor aimed at studying the properties and behavior of the ionosphere.” But according to Dr. Begich, the HAARP facility is part of a far more sinister operation. Dr. Begich and his co-authors argue that the HAARP facility can remotely manipulate people’s minds, change the weather, serve as a weapon of mass destruction, cause earthquakes, destroy the ionosphere, and profoundly modify or even destroy the global climate.

Individuals and organizations conducting work at the facility dismiss these claims as fraudulent and bogus. HAARP holds public open houses and representatives say that the scientific work conducted there is public.

Despite the outlandish nature of Dr. Begich’s ideas, the HAARP conspiracy theory has taken hold–with Dr. Begich at its center. The website Conspiracy Watch describes Dr. Nick Beigch as “arguably the most famous anti-HAARP activist.” A 2017 Vice article claims that “no man has done more to propagate the conspiratorial view of HAARP than Nick Begich.” Begich’s book “Angels Don’t Play This Haarp: Advances in Tesla Technology 1st Edition” is available on Amazon, where it has hundreds of ratings and over a hundred reviews.

The HAARP conspiracy theory has spread with particular virulence in Central and South America, where the facility is regularly blamed for a variety of weather and seismic events. In 2010, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez blamed a magnitude 5.6 earthquake on American “earthquake weapon.” Venezuelan media suggested that Chavez was referring to HAARP.

Dr. Begich’s conspiracy theories have also found an audience in North America. In 2016, two Georgia men were arrested on accusations of domestic terrorism for planning an armed assault on the HAARP facility. Michael Mancil, then 30, and James Kenneth Dryden, then 21, were detained by a SWAT team while loading thousands of rounds of ammunition, firearms, bulletproof vests, and communication equipment into a vehicle. According to investigators, the men had created an elaborate plan to travel to Alaska and storm the HAARP facility, which they believed could alter the weather, control minds, and was “storing people’s souls”. The men planned to take hostages and “blow up” parts of the facility.

Mancil was sentenced to fifteen years, including five years in prison, for his role in the planned attack. It is unclear what sentence Dryden received.

Begich III co-owns, serves as a Director, Secretary, Treasurer of Earthpulse

Corporate filings show that now-Congressional candidate Begich III joined the corporate board of Earthpulse in 2011, acquiring a 16.66% ownership share of the company and stepping up to serve as its Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Director.

Earthpulse’s 2022 filings–the most recent available–state that Begich III holds a 16.33% share and serves as a director, secretary, shareholder, and treasurer of the company. Bizarrely, Earthpulse is categorized in the 2022 filing under NAICS Code 454210: “Vending Machine Operators.”

Alaska statute delegates specific responsibilities to corporate officers, and the positions that Begich III holds at Earthpulse are among the most important. Though these responsibilities can be modified by a corporation’s bylaws, Alaska law by default requires the secretary, treasurer, and director of a corporation to participate in virtually all tasks critical to corporate governance.

On a February 17, 2022 financial disclosure report required as part of his run for Congress, Begich III valued his stake in Earthpulse Press, Inc. between $500,000 and $1 million. Begich III claimed between $100,001 and $1 million of income from Earthpulse in 2022 to date, and $15,001-$50,000 of income from Earthpulse the prior year.

In Begich III’s disclosure, Earthpulse is described as a “Publishing and Manufacturing” company.

In response to questions from the Landmine, Begich campaign manager Truman Reed stated that Earthpulse was founded and run by Begich III’s father, and that Begich III invested in the company to keep it operational in the mid-2000s. According to Reed,

Nick Begich III does not hold an active day-to-day management role in the company and any views or opinions reflected by the work published by Earthpulse are not, nor have they at any point been reflective of Nick Begich III’s views. Nick Begich III is not now, nor has he in the past been, an employee of the organization and is not compensated by the company beyond his long standing equity interest.

The Alaska Landmine followed up asking whether Begich III believes that HAARP can perform any functions other than those stated by the University of Alaska, and what Begich III would do with his share of and leadership positions at Earthpulse if elected to the U.S. Congress.

No response was received.

Earthpulse applied for, received over $26,000 in public Covid emergency relief funding from state, federal governments

According to ProPublica’s PPP database, Earthpulse Press, Inc. applied for a $17,000 PPP loan, which was approved on April 11, 2020. In the application, Earthpulse is categorized in the “All Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services” category.

According to the database, the loan was forgiven in its entirety, along with accrued interest.

Earthpulse also applied for grants from the State of Alaska Small Business Relief Program, which came from CARES Act money to the state. According to state records, Earthpulse received a grant of $9,748.

It is unclear why Earthpulse applied for public assistance during the pandemic, but it certainly was not because the Begich family could not afford to keep the operation solvent. In June 2022, Begich reported loaning himself $650,000 to run his Congressional campaign. Questions to the Begich campaign about whether Begich III had been involved in Earthpulse’s requests for public pandemic relief money or had ultimately received any of the money himself were not answered.

Earthpulse did not respond to questions about the company’s use of Covid relief money or Begich III’s role there.

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Sam Sievert
1 year ago

So the man who wants to take the dean’s seat and represent Alaska in congress owns a batshit conspiracy theory publishing powerhouse that he claims is actually a vending machine service. Alaskans: “Yeah, that seems normal.” XD

1 year ago

new world order is not necessarily antisemitic yes, jews are in power in many places but nwo is more than just jews, it is also individuals like bill gates and soros who are involved. earthpulse might be wrong but keep an open mind. thanks

1 year ago
Reply to  dustin

You can frost a pile of dung but it is still a pile of dung. Why not just admit you hate Jews and we can at least have a platform for discussion?

1 year ago
Reply to  Floridawoman

jesus was a JEW. i dont hate jews but begich is right jews o control more than their fair share and have a lot of power in the world That is all im saying. i support alaskan nick begich and feel no shame about that. stop the woke nonsense. I do not hate anyone. Have a good day

1 year ago
Reply to  Floridawoman

Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves.” _Matthew 21:12

1 year ago
Reply to  Floridawoman

Roses are reddish, violets are blueish, if it wasn’t for Jesus we would all be Jewish.

Lynn Willis
1 year ago

Thanks Jeff. Begich is wealthy enough to loan himself $650,000 to run his campaign yet claims every government hand-out he can get his hands on for a “Publishing and Manufacturing” company also reporting under the category “Vending Machine Operators” (?). And you wonder why our country now has a 31 trillion-dollar national debt? Yes, let us give Nick Begich III and his ilk the keys to the vault. What could possibly go wrong?

1 year ago

This guy will say anything to anyone to get elected. I voted for him for the assembly years ago when he ran against Amy Demboski. He said he was different from her and her fellow cronies on the far right. Now hes their pal! What a crook. And his father involved? How can he respect his father enough to use his work? They’re from very different political sides which means the far left ought to watch out too.

Nick Begich is not honest. I would say he’s like the rest of his family but that let’s him off too easy.

Last edited 1 year ago by Confused
1 year ago

Wait, I thought that the vending machine business was Mark’s. You should do a deep dive into the Begich family ties to the Arizona mob. I’d love to know more about NBII’s venture with the Spinelli family.

Landmine articles are filled with gossip & inuendo
1 year ago
Reply to  Max

Mark is the Begich who is all about vending machines.

1 year ago


1 year ago
Reply to  dustin

Have a glass of fluoride.

1 year ago

How the heck are we just hearing about this? Where has ADN been? KTUU? KTVA? Beacon? This story is insane. Is Alaska’s traditional media just asleep at the wheel here or what? That almost deserves its own story.

Eric Troyer
1 year ago

Thanks for reporting on this. It’s surprising and unfortunate that this hasn’t been more of an issue before. Begich may have some reasonable answers. If so, he needs to make them public. Otherwise, it’s a big black mark on his record.

John Doe
1 year ago

Stop referring to him as “Dr. Begich,” he doesn’t have a doctorate and you’re just legitimizing the fantasy that you can be a doctor if you pay a diploma mill money.

The Alaska Poaster
1 year ago

I’m glad this article has shifted the Overton Window for Alaskans to now safely broach the subject of certain “jews” in certain high places doing certain nefarious things that, unfortunately, all Jews get roped into and reflexively feel compelled to defend. I would go so far as to say that the “jews” referred to by those who attempt to describe these conspiracies aren’t even real Jews. They are more than likely imposters who descend from a bloodline that for centuries has claimed Jewish identity in order to play victim. Jews in Alaska living in fear of being blamed for something… Read more »

1 year ago

Let me guess another Bronson supporter? So why is it again that you hate the Jews?
1) Because we control the banks?
2) Because we control the media?
3) Because we have a secret cabal and start wars to benefit our overarching agenda?
4) Because we killed Jesus and we’ll get him the next time he shows up also?

The Alaska Poaster
1 year ago
Reply to  Floridawoman

Based on your response, it is apparent you are in need of reading comprehension skills.

Randy S.
1 year ago

Where has this story been for months? All of the information appears to be public. Has anyone other than the Landmine even asked Nick why he owns a conspiracy theory organization spewing anti-Jewish nonsense?

1 year ago
Reply to  Randy S.

I asked him this question in person a few months ago. He wouldn’t answer.

AK 1st.
1 year ago

I pray for these lost souls running for office.
I pray for these lost souls in the comment section.
I pray for the Alaska Landmine.