The July DNC leaks revealed that Correct the Record – pro-Clinton SuperPAC founded in 2015 by long-time Democratic Party insider David Brock – was indeed paid a reported $6M USD to quote “defend Hillary Clinton from baseless attacks”. How exactly this money was spent has become clearer as well; official Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Youtube accounts have all been set up, but what has generated the most ire is the revelation that ‘unofficial’ social media accounts – i.e. user accounts which do not explicitly disclose their ties to Brock’s PAC – are essentially paid to reply, and in many cases, harass anyone expressing criticism of Hillary Clinton, no matter how informed and valid these may be.
This is, of course, old news at this point, what is more interesting – and distressing – is the way in which Brock’s PACs, notably Correct the Record and American Bridge 21st Century, are coordinating directly with Hillary Clinton’s campaign in blatant violation of campaign finance laws. Under the current legislation, since Correct the Record doesn’t technically pay for pro-Clinton advertising, it can continue to advise and consult with the Clinton campaign on matters of strategy.
The legality of this is contingent on Brock cutting ties with another PAC he founded – American Bridge 21st Century – which he has claimed to have done. However, by analyzing documents filed by the FEC as well as CTR and American Bridge’s own IRS 990 forms, the idea that PACs located at the same address (455 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20001), founded by the same person, who share many of the same employees on their respective payrolls would somehow be operating independently of one another is an assault on common sense.
This table compiled from FEC data clearly indicates that multiple individuals, including David Brock, are simultaneously on the payroll of both Correct the Record and American Bridge 21st Century. More damning still is the fact that Michelle Morgan, as IRS 990s have shown, is also currently the Assistant Treasurer for these same two PACs.
- In order to continue coordinating directly with the Clinton campaign in matters of spending and strategy, David Brock’s Correct the Record PAC is legally obligated to have cut ties with ALL of the other PACs he founded, including American Bridge 21st Century
- Both Correct the Record and American Bridge 21st Century operate out of the 6th floor of the 455 Massachusetts Ave. NW, DC 20001 address
- Both PACs share the same assistant treasurer, Michelle Morgan
- FEC documents reveal a significant overlap in employees on their respective payrolls.
According to a Time article, Brock has remained on the board of Priorities USA, a group responsible for financing “much of the Clinton television advertising effort with unregulated donations”. Adding that to the DNCleaks revelations regarding the Clinton camp’s collusion with the CNN, MSNBC, the Associated Press, and Politico among others, and we are left with the picture of an all-encompassing PR machine, which includes political organizations as well as mainstream media outlets, pushing for a Clinton presidency with blatant disregard for journalistic ethics at best, and campaign finance laws at worst.
In David Brock’s book Killing The Messenger, he reiterates the now-famous claim that any and all criticism of Hillary is part of a ‘Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy’ seeking to destroy the Clinton’s’ reputation at all costs, going so far as to lament his own prior involvement in said conspiracy. Moreover, Hillary Clinton’s recent tirades against the ‘fringe bigots’ at Breitbart and Infowars show that the alleged existence of this conspiracy is now a major talking point for her campaign.
The baffling irony, of course, is that there is indeed a vast conspiracy to influence public opinion – through social media, mainstream 24-hour news outlets, and printed media – the origin of which is most definitely not the ‘extreme right wing’.