Dark Money Group runs ad blitz against Trump before election – tech2.org

Dark Money Group runs ad blitz against Trump before election


US President Donald Trump left Miami, Florida, USA, on November 2, 2020, at Miami International Airport in Air Force One to travel to North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin at Miami International Airport.

Carlos Barai | Reuters

A little-known dark money group has quietly spent nearly one and a half million dollars on digital ads against an executive order signed by President Donald Trump on Buildup to Election Day.

The ad spending spree comes from a group called A Healthy Future, which has spent more than $ 400,000 on Google, YouTube and Facebook ads in at least the last 10 days.

The group is taking Trump’s executive order aimed at lowering drug prices. The order was signed by the President in September.

One of the advertisements argues that the executive order may affect the development and pricing of a developmental coronovirus vaccine.

“America needs a cure for Kovid-19 and innovative biopharmaceutical companies are rising to the challenge. So why is President Trump endangering American lives with dangerous executive orders?” Voiceover says in the advertisement.

Trump has been under investigation since March dealing with the coronovirus epidemic. According to Johns Hopkins University data, more than 230,000 people in the United States have died of coronovirus.

There is little available information about who runs a healthy future or who makes money. The group’s Facebook page states that it is a non-profit organization. There is no contact information or name of the organizers on its website. CNBC attempted to reach the organization on Twitter but no one responded. Its twitter account is followed by only two people.

Its website’s front page reads, “Call or sign up President Trump and tell him to stop the most favored nation policy that endangers treatment and future vaccines that will save American lives.” It then returns a number for the White House switchboard.

The website suggests that the group supports a liberal economic ethos.

The website states, “The price-control approach has a history of causing more harm than good. When the government decides how much we should pay our prescriptions, the taxpayer not only has to bear the brunt of that change but the American Patients also have to bear the brunt of it. ” Under its Issues section.

The group’s Google and YouTube ads began appearing on October 22, according to Google’s Ad Collection and were active until Saturday. Facebook ads were launched on October 22 and remain active.

Targeted areas include the regions of Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New York, and Washington, D.C. Pennsylvania is an important state for Trump’s bid for office. State elections have shown a tight race between Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden.

Google’s data suggests that a healthy future costs between $ 1,000 and $ 50,000 on YouTube advertising focused on areas in and around Philadelphia. It made between 100,000 and 1 million impressions. The organization spent more than $ 100,000 in Washington, DC Thought advertising, which, Google says, carried out more than 10 million raids. Of the group’s 30 other YouTube ads, more than 2 million have been viewed.

Facebook’s ad collection estimates that the group invested between $ 30,000 and $ 40,000 on recently visited locations on the social media platform.

The group’s name matches an LLC registered in Ohio. The registration certificate lists a lawyer named James Ryan as the group’s statutory agent. Ryan did not request comment before publication.

The registration form states that it was established in 2018 and is, in fact, a non-profit.

A review of some of its previous Facebook ads suggests that it had never mentioned Trump before.

According to a study by the Weslin Media Project, Dark Money Groups, which do not publicly disclose their donors, spent about $ 20 million on Facebook and Google ads in the 2020 campaign.

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