Hard Assets Alliance definitely pays for placement. I read a bunch of their crap and they have effectively nothing to say about precious metals.
What's been funny is watching them shift on blockchain. Mauldin went from "it's goldbugging for nerds" to "maybe this is something" to "Fuck no it's the end of the world" to having George Gilder as a speaker which made them collectively go
They're definitely old. They're definitely center-right. They're definitely less than innovative and they definitely wear their biases on their sleeve. But I don't get the Old White Money perspective from my usual circle of influence so I pay attention.