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Glenn Beck's nonprofit Mercury One put a handwritten copy of the Gettysburg Address on display as part of a "pop-up" museum in June 2018. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum loaned the artifact out.
Gage Skidmore

An Illinois watchdog has determined the head of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield violated policy by loaning its copy of the Gettysburg Address to conservative commentator Glenn Beck.

The state’s Office of the Inspector General started investigating the loan after it received an anonymous tip that officials at the museum “pimped out” an irreplaceable, handwritten copy of the Gettysburg Address to Beck for $50,000 last year.

Mercury One, Beck’s right-leaning nonprofit, put the rare artifact on display for three days at its office in Texas as part of a “pop-up” museum in June 2018.