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Terry McAuliffe’s Campaign Caught Buying ‘Fake News’ Ads Against Opponent Glenn Youngkin

Former Democrat Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is a real dirtbag. In 2016, he pardoned 60,000 felons just so that they could vote for Hillary Clinton against Donald Trump. And it was enough to change the election results. At first, McAuliffe tried to just give felons the right to vote. A judge then slapped him down, telling him that as the head of the Executive branch, he didn’t have the authority to create laws. That’s government 101, but McAuliffe was either too stupid to know that or he acted like a criminal.

So, the dirtbag governor instead pardoned 60,000 felons so that they could vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016. McAuliffe didn’t care one iota for their victims. How many of the victims of the 60,000 felons who were pardoned were children? How many of the felons had two strikes in a ‘three strikes and you’re out’ state? Those two felons were wiped out thanks to the dirtbag Terry McAuliffe. How many of the victims were receiving restitution payments from felons who now had their felonies wiped and therefore no longer owed restitution to the victims? Quite frankly, I think McAuliffe has a real set of cojones on him to even be running right now.

It looks like the dirtbag governor recently got caught in another sleazy scam.

An investigation revealed that McAuliffe has spent almost  $100,000 pushing “fake news” websites on Facebook that gave favorable coverage to his Virginia gubernatorial campaign against his Republican opponent Glenn Youngkin.

Fox News reported that McAuliffe’s campaign purchased Facebook ads that link to third-party websites that were made to look like real local news sources but instead published disinformation and “partisan propaganda.” I wonder if the McAuliffe campaign will be censored by Facebook now? They posted disinformation about an election.

So far, the ads were viewed about 3.5 million times in a very close election, with McAuliffe and Youngkin tied in the polls only a week from Election Day.

Fox News describes McAuliffe’s fake news ads as “sophisticated and opaque.”

The Facebook page McAuliffe’s campaign runs is called “The Download Virginia.” It was launched back in June. They apparently wanted the page’s name to sound like a real news outlet. Fox News said the page has published no posts or photos and a little over 100 people were following it.

Fox used Facebook’s Ad Library Report, which allows journalists and researchers to use as a tool. They learned that McAuliffe’s campaign has spent close to half a million dollars on ads distributed through this page since June.

“The advertisements generally contain a comment and a link to a mainstream news article that covers the campaign favorably. But sprinkled among the links to legitimate media are seven separate advertisements (and dozens of variations) that promote websites widely considered to be ‘fake news,'” Fox reported.

From The Blaze:

A July advertisement, for example, featured a favorable comment about McAuliffe’s views on small businesses and then linked to an article published by a third party website called the Virginia Dogwood.

The Dogwood is designed to look like a local news website and it claims to publish “credible, fact-based reporting.” But the website discloses it is owned and operated by Courier Newsroom, a group that was founded by the progressive dark money group ACRONYM and funded by multibillionaire Democratic donor George Soros, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, and several Hollywood movie producers. Courier Newsroom has since been purchased by former Democratic strategist Tara McGowan’s group Good Information Inc., a public benefit corporation that says it aims to fight “disinformation” by investing in local news companies, which is financially supported by many of the same progressive donors.

Washington Post editorial from February 2020, written by a correspondent for a fact-checking organization, said that Courier Newsroom creates “hyperlocal partisan propaganda” through websites like the Dogwood.

The Download Virginia ran an ad in October that made the claim that Youngkin has a “very concerning” policy on vaccinations and it linked to an article published by the American Independent, which describes itself as a “progressive news” platform and openly admits it gets funding fromthe American Bridge 21st Century Foundation. American Bridge is a leftist dark money group that was founded by the leftist lunatic founder of Media Matters, David Brock. Fox reported that Brock is “a wealthy and influential Democratic donor who is also a close ally of the Clinton family.”

According to OpenSecrets, Brock’s group spent close to $60 million to fight against Republican candidates.

Dogwood and the Independent are listed as “fake news” site by OpenSecrets.

Fox learned that McAuliffe’s campaign reached millions of Facebook users through ads that promoted disinformation from those websites:

The McAuliffe campaign has spent a total of between $90,200 to $106,398 on advertisements linking to the Independent and the Dogwood. Those advertisements have garnered the campaign a total of between 3,290,000 and 3,470,000 “impressions,” a term that Facebook uses to describe the number of screens that an advertisement has reached.

Each ad contains a disclaimer that it was paid for by “Terry for Virginia” and authorized by the candidate himself (Facebook requires candidates to add disclaimers like these to all political ads). But none of the advertisements disclose that the websites are considered to be “fake news” or that their information may be misleading.

Of course, no one at the DNC will comment on McAuliffe’s sleazy campaigning and don’t hold your breath for the campaign to pony up an explanation either. All dirtbags.

The Youngkin campaign said, “disinformation practices are standard for McAuliffe, whose lies go into overdrive when he’s desperate.”

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