Carl Barney had been the Ayn Rand Institute’s largest donor by far when in 2019 he suddenly left its board of directors, taking his purse with him. Since then he has paid more attention to his Prometheus Foundation and to Craig Biddle’s The Objective Standard.
On 1 May 2020 Barney announced:
Earlier Barney had in effect moved the money he was giving ARI to Prometheus and TOS. Now Peikoff, who owns Rand’s copyrights as well as her name, is moving from ARI toward Prometheus and TOS. 
The announcement, titled “Dr. Leonard Peikoff’s Courses and Lectures,” was headed by a photograph of Leonard Peikoff and Carl Barney standing side by side, one arm of each around the shoulders of the other. The photograph can be considered the first in a pair of photographs, the second photograph being of Barney and Richard Minns (TOS 6 June 2019) likewise standing side by side very chummy. Taking “degree of separation” to mean not merely knowing but associating with, together the two pictures show in visual terms that Peikoff is two degrees of separation from a psychopath: 
In a TOS mass email Biddle made the same announcement the same day as Barney did. Biddle begins with a bit of autobiography:
You need a program to follow the fluid loyalties in organized Objectivism. When in 2010 Peikoff effectively forced John McCaskey out of ARI  Biddle defended McCaskey in the article “Justice for John P. McCaskey” on his personal website (separate from TOS’s). He called Peikoff’s behavior “nonobjective and unjust.” In 2014, soon after Barney started the Objectivist Venture Fund (later Prometheus), Biddle took down his personal website.
Now Richard Salsman has weighed in. When he was a graduate student ARI loaned him money for his studies. Later ARI helped raise the money that made possible his current academic position at Duke University. Salsman used to be a frequent speaker at ARI events. Probably never again. In a Facebook post of 29 April 2020 he called Onkar Ghate, ARI’s Chief Content Officer, a “wholly unqualified charlatan ... venerated by the likes of YB [Yaron Brook], TS [Tara Smith or perhaps Tal Tsfany], HB [Harry Binswanger] and a host of other sycophants ... .” He described Ghate’s performance in a recent ARI webinar as “dishonest and pathetic,” “wholly lacking in rational content,” “devoid of any coherent argument,” etc.
From another Facebook post, replying to a post by Todd Hartle: “The Yaron Brook Show? ... it’s garbage. Second-hand trash. Unoriginal. Borrowed. Filched. ... Worse, it’s uninformed. ... he is now a mere wannabe Jordan Peterson. Pathetic.” Salsman goes on to say that Brook has left “the life of principle and integrity” and consequently detests “those who retain those virtues.” The following should be singular instead of plural because Brook is the only one at ARI who has moved to Puerto Rico to avoid income taxes: “Sunshine patriots, they cravenly flee to and podcast from the decadence of places like Starnseville – aka Puerto Rico. Real heroes. To Hell with them ...”
Salsman may have gone too far because soon afterwards he disappeared from the masthead of TOS as shown on its website. Then on May 6th Biddle mass-emailed an announcement titled “Richard Salsman is no longer with TOS,” saying that Salsman’s behavior was “non-objective and unprofessional” and affirming his removal from the masthead.
Later the same day Salsman deleted the offending Facebook post of April 29th (his reply to Todd Hartle had been deleted earlier, either by him or Hartle) then posted an apology of sorts which began: “In two recent posts I harshly criticized a handful of people who I know to have misused ARI to besmirch solid Objectivists and Objectivist organizations whom they oppose and in consequence have risked devaluing Ayn Rand’s reputation.” He says posting as he did was a mistake because “FB isn’t the forum for that, since the matter requires lots of information, background, context, and judgment that most readers don’t have.”
Earlier, in a blog post of 24 March 2020, Barney had announced that Salsman would co-host a “Rand Camp” event next May under the auspices of the Prometheus Foundation. The announcement is still there (moved from the section of his website called “Blog” to a new section called “Objectivism”) but the event had to be cancelled because the hotel of the resort at which it was to be held was closed due to the coronavirus.
Much of what Salsman said about ARI is true, if expressed in intemperate language, but look who’s talking. At the time he had been a contributing editor of TOS for nine years and in some respects it is even worse than ARI.  And speaking of sycophancy, how to explain his defending Carl Barney’s Scientology career?  Would that there were an insider hero to root for but Salsman is not it.
On 22 May 2020 Biddle announced the creation of a non-profit educational organization called the Objective Standard Institute (OSI) “related to but distinct from The Objective Standard (TOS).” OSI’s mission statement is similar to that of the Ayn Rand Institute. You might call this new non-profit “Barney’s ARI.” Its website was in a mature state of development the day it was announced which suggests it had been planned months before. OSI was trying to hire the Director of Technology at least two months before the announcement. 
A celebration of Leonard Peikoff’s career, livestreamed on YouTube 15 October 2020 and hosted by the Ayn Rand Centre UK (funded by Barney’s Prometheus Foundation, it is not part of ARI), further indicated the shift of official Objectivism from ARI-Brook to OSI-Barney. Beside the guest of honor the following participated: Carl Barney, Andrew Bernstein, Ellen Kenner, Kira Peikoff, Lisa VanDamme. Peikoff had no problem being toasted by Barney or listening to his fulsome praise. Notable by their absence were Yaron Brook and the other top people at ARI.
As the two Obleftivist organizations ARI and PF/OSI/TOS squabble, a plague on both their houses.