The question of funding for this thing is so stupid to me after hearing about it objectively on Fresh Air. The guy is a former MI-6 agent who gives zero fucks about American politics. He has absolutely no skin in the game.
It's raw intelligence. Steele says he doesn't know if some prostitutes peed on a bed and it's closer to a rumor.
Of course there's partisan denial but honestly, can people not handle anything that isn't clear cut or does no one bother to learn about issues outside their own echo chamber? Which I suppose I learned about the Steel Dossier in my own but NPR is light years away from Breitbart or a 2A Facebook page.