Halperin did not respond to a request for comment.
Halperin’s departure comes as No Labels looks to launch an ambitious third-party presidential bid in the 2024 cycle. The group has said that has raised or received commitments in the tens of millions of dollars for that venture. But he has chafed over internal staff turmoil and accusations that he prioritizes flashy projects over practical solutions to achieve his goals of promoting bipartisan results for pressing national problems.
Halperin, who rose to fame as a star political journalist for ABC News, TIME Magazine and Bloomberg, was accused by several women in 2017 for sexual harassment, misconduct, or assault, some of which he apologized to and some of which he denied.
Several No Labels staff members opposed Halperin joining the organization in April 2021. But the group’s co-CEO Liz Morrison told POLITICO last year that Halperin was «incredibly bright» and an asset. for the organization. In 2021, he received nearly $260,000 in total compensation, making him No Labels’ highest-paid employee, according to the organization’s 990 tax form.
No Labels also said last year that it has never received a complaint about any employee or contractor engaging in sexual harassment in the group.
Two people familiar with the situation said Halperin, who is no longer listed as an employee on the group’s website, was unhappy with No Labels and had begun to chafe at the office culture there.
“He didn’t like the fact that his career had gotten to the point where he was running Nancy Jacobson’s digital team,” said a former No Labels employee who worked closely with him.