Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Time to ID some political ad sponsors

WGAL-TV, Channel 8, touts that they are fact-checking political stories and political ads as the heat of the 2020 general elections begin to warm up.
    Yet, they have yet to identify the source of one of the prolific political ads already being run on its station the past few weeks.
    The commercial shows a Pennsylvania truck driver who says he voted for Trump in the 2016 election, but is disheartened how Trump has acted since taking over the White House.
    The trucker says he hasn't seen improvement in the economy in his home county of Wayne, and feels Trump it only out for Trump.
     Well the commercial was produced by American Bridge PAC (Identified very quickly at the end of the commercial in small bottom-screen type).
    "American Bridge 21st Century is a liberal super PAC that conducts opposition research to aid Democratic candidates and organizations," writes FactCheck.org
The group changed its name to AB PAC in late 2019.
    "The group was founded in November 2010 by David Brock, a conervative turned liberal activist," the organization writes. "Bradley Beychock is a co-founder of the super PAC and serves as the group’s president." 
    FactCheck.org continues, "As a super PAC, American Bridge can accept unlimited donations and is largely funded by major Democratic donors and labor unions. As of Dec. 31, 2019, the PAC had raised $13.4 million in the 2019-2020 election cycle, according to the Federal Election Commission.
    "The largest donors in the 2020 cycle, as of Feb. 3 have been Deborah Simon, daughter of the late property developer Melvin Simon, who had contributed $2 million; philanthropist and academic Marsha Laufer, who had contributed $1.2 million; Phillip Ragon, CEO and founder of the technology company InterSystems, who also had given $1.25 million; and Simon’s sister,  Samerian Foundation Chairwoman Cynthia Simon Skjodt, has contributed $1 million to the PAC," FactCheck.org reported.
    So, the next time you see this commercial, remember who is presenting  this argument to you. And it is not a group dedicated to fairness or truth.