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The decades-old, conservative juggernaut Eagle Forum is engulfed in a personal and political power struggle allegedly sparked by iconic founder Phyllis Schlafly endorsing Donald Trump for president. The 91-year-old Schlafly endorsed Trump several weeks ago, which purportedly led some Ted Cruz supporters on the Eagle Forum board of directors to contact the Texas GOP senator’s presidential campaign.
What has followed is weeks of turmoil and infighting, including attempts to oust forum president Ed Martin and a Schlafly family feud, according to numerous interviews and other accounts.
Martin told FoxNews.com on Tuesday that at least one board member leaked internal emails to the Cruz campaign that were critical of the candidate. He said those emails resulted in a sharp response from the Cruz camp and an attempt by his group's board to take away his control of Eagle Forum’s 501(c)(4) -- a tax-exempt, nonprofit that promotes the group’s social issues.
One of those board members, Cathie Adams, told The Daily Beast she was behind the leak to the Cruz campaign of at least one "ugly" email critical of the Texas senator. And she said Cruz supporters at Eagle Forum gave the group's membership-contact information to the Cruz campaign, according to the publication -- which also suggested the Cruz camp has fuelled the internal discord.