Democrat PAC with Ties to Dark Money Groups Spending $6 Million on Anti-Trump Coronavirus Ads

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The Democrat PAC Priorities USA Action, which has ties to dark money left-wing groups, is launching a $6 million anti-Trump ad blitz focusing on President Trump’s handling of the health and economic crises caused by the Chinese coronavirus.

Priorities USA Action is spending millions on negative ads on the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The ads are slated to appear in four key swing states — Florida, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan — on Tuesday.

One of the ads spreads the fake news narrative that the president called the virus itself a “hoax” and features a variety of cherry-picked remarks made by the president as the outbreak began to materialize in the United States. According to Politico, the $6 million ad blitz is part of a greater $150 million effort from Priorities USA “to run ads slamming Trump on health care in Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Arizona ahead of the Democratic National Convention in July.”

This, however, is far from the first effort of far-left Democrats to use the coronavirus outbreak as a political weapon against the president. Some of the opposition can be traced to dark money groups and their concerted effort to see Trump ousted in November.

The Democrat PAC Pacronym, which is affiliated with the nonprofit group Acronym, announced this month that it would also drop $5 million on negative ads targeting the president’s response to the crisis.

The “liberal dark money group” New Venture Fund, which is part of the larger group Arabella Advisors, is connected to several of these efforts.

As Breitbart News detailed:

Acronym is funded by the “liberal dark money group” New Venture Fund, which is “part of a larger group called Arabella Advisors, which provides philanthropic guidance and manages four nonprofits,” according to the nonpartisan ethics watchdog group Americans for Public Trust. Those also include the Sixteen Thirty Fund, Windward Fund, and Hopewell Fund.

The financial web, however, goes far beyond those connections. The political group American Bridge, which was founded by David Brock — a close ally of the Clintons and founder of Media Matters for America — is also involved in the overarching efforts to spread misinformation on President Trump’s response to the coronavirus and further politicize the crisis.

“American Bridge’s network of nonprofits received funding in 2018 from New Venture Fund, as well as another Arabella group called Sixteen Thirty Fund,” Americans for Public Trust reports.

According to Influence Watch, a watchdog project of the investigative think tank Capital Research Center, Priorities USA also has ties to the dark money liberal group, New Venture Fund:

Priorities USA Foundation is the 501(c)(3) arm of the left-of-center advocacy group Priorities of USA Action, which is affiliated with Priorities USA, a major Super PAC that supports Democratic Party candidates.

In its first year of operation (2017), the group gave $50,000 to the New Venture Fund, a major left-wing funder managed by the consulting firm Arabella Advisors, with a grant description indicating the money was to be gifted to America Votes, a left-wing 501(c)(4) voter engagement group. [1] New Venture Fund gave more than $700,000 to America Votes in 2017, according to its 2017 tax returns. [2]

Despite the increasing attacks, Trump has maintained an optimistic and hopeful tone, even telling Fox News’s Bill Hemmer on Tuesday that he hopes to see the economy reopened by Easter.

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