Posted on | March 18, 2014 | 104 Comments
Former Democrat political operative Neal Rauhauser has been named among the defendants in a federal lawsuit filed by the operator of the popular anti-bullying web site Bullyville.com.
In the lawsuit, McGibney v. Retzlaff, Bullyville founder James McGibney says his business was harmed as a result of online smears and harassment conducted by a Texas man, Thomas Retzlaff, a fan of so-called “revenge porn” sites targeted by Bullyville. McGibney’s lawsuit also names Rauhauser and a New York woman, Lane Lipton, as having assisted and promoted the attacks against Bullyville.
The lawsuit, filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, charges Retzlaff, Rauhauser, Lipton and five unknown “John Doe” defendants with tortious interference with contractual relations, tortious interference with prospective economic advantage, intentional infliction of emotional distress, defamation, and public disclosure invasion of privacy.
McGibney’s lawsuit claims Rauhauser and Lipton used several online aliases, including the bvtruth.wordpress.com web site and the Twitter accounts @OccupyRebellion, @MissAnonNews and @BV_Truth, to make false accusations against Bullyville:
The very first post on bvfiles.wordpress.com is a small post asking, “Is McGibney a pedophile?” . . . Defendants posted a picture of McGibney’s children under the Pedophilia comments with the caption “are these children in danger?”
Rauhauser, who was once a partner in the Democrat digital media consulting firm Progressive PST, has more recently been known as an associate of Brett Kimberlin, the Indiana “Speedway Bomber.” A convicted perjurer, forger and drug smuggler who gained notoriety for making unsubstantiated claims that he sold marijuana to Dan Quayle, Kimberlin created two non-profit “progressive” organizations after his release from prison in 2001. Several of Kimberlin’s critics have suggested that Rauhauser, a self-described computer hacker and ally of the so-called “Anonymous” hacking conspiracy, was paid by Kimberlin to harass them into silence. Kimberlin last fall filed a federal lawsuit accusing more than 20 defendants — including syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin, Red State editor Erick Erickson, Breitbart.com and author James O’Keefe III — of engaging in a conspiracy to defame him.
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