There's a Civil War Brewing at Rick Santorum's Dallas-Based Christian Film Company

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When EchoLight Studios launched a couple of years ago, it registered as a minor blip in Christian media while being roundly ignored by the mainstream press.

Things were different a year later when, relatively fresh off his failed 2012 presidential run, former Senator Rick Santorum announced that he was becoming the company's CEO. The news spread fast and wide, suggesting that, simply in terms of raising the profile of a niche, Dallas-based Christian film company, Santorum had been a wise hire.

The intervening months -- there have been three of them -- seem to cast doubt on that assessment. A lawsuit filed Monday in Tarrant County and first reported by Courthouse News describes escalating tensions between Santorum and other top executives that finally boiled over in recent days.

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The suit was filed by EchoLight against Christopher Morrow, its chief global strategist, and Bobby Downes, its president, both of whom were recently fired by Santorum.

Problems began, according to EchoLight, after Morrow refused to give Santorum financial information regarding Hoovey, a film the studio was financing to the tune of $1 million. This quickly escalated into a full-scale chest-thumping match between the two, with Morrow "treat[ing] CEO Santorum insubordinately" by demanding to know just what made the former senator think he could boss him around.

Downes meanwhile was fired for talking smack about "one of EchoLight's principals," who, for narrative's sake, we'll assume has a name that starts with an "S" and rhymes with "Fantorum."

Following their dismissal, Downes and Morrow teamed up to wage a "campaign of sabotage," passing along information that caused a couple of business partners to cut ties with Echolight, among other alleged transgressions. These culminated in a weekend hijacking of the company's Facebook account.

Whoever hijacked the account then inserted a story about defendant Downes that inaccurately described him as EchoLight's 'founder.' Upon information and belief, either defendant Downes or defendant Morrow, or both, were behind this hijacking of EchoLight's Facebook account.

We'll save the court some trouble on this front. Morrow is currently listed as the page's sole administrator. And the claim that Downes isn't a founder is strange, given that he was identified as such in the press release announcing Santorum's hire.

We've reached out to Morrow and Downes for comment. We'll update when we hear back.

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lkharter
lkharter

You mean Mr. Frothy sent 2 people into unemployment?  I thought the GOTP said they were going to create jobs, not take them away....another christian myth

scottie1620
scottie1620

Yet one more example of why the "Christian" way is not THE way any of us should live our lives.

Rabeeta
Rabeeta

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hardlineHARDLINE
hardlineHARDLINE

So there isn't atleast a little chance that not every rich and powerful person got there because they "worked harder" than everyone else.

ldtmann
ldtmann

As much as Santorum is an incompetent jerk (I know because he was my rep and then my senator), he had every right as CEO to ask for financial information.  The fact he wasn't given it immediately means that someone was probably cooking the books.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

If Santorum wants to make money, he should go into the sex toy biz. After all, when people google him, they get info about a leaky ass.

Dub919
Dub919

Christians always seem so Christ-like when their money is involved.

Greg820
Greg820

This all could have been avoided if they had just prayed more.

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