A $ 1 million ad campaign accuses Biden of partnering with dark money and teacher unions to keep schools closed
A state accountability group launches a $ 1 million advertising campaign against President Biden and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) after it was revealed the agency had communicated regularly with a prominent teachers’ union about reopening schools.
Americans for Public Trust (APT) launched a million dollar advertising campaign according to Biden and the CDC after it was recently revealed that the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) had helped the organization reopen schools.
According to a script obtained exclusively from Fox News, the ad, titled “Science,” begins with a clip of Biden telling Americans to “listen to the scientists,” and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr . Anthony Fauci says they should “get kids back to school.”
“We know schools are safe,” said a voice over in the ad. “But Biden and his CDC have been secretly working with the teachers’ unions to keep schools closed.”
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The ad beats Biden and the CDC for “sacrificing children” and keeping them out of school, and says the president is trying to “repay dark money liberal groups.”
“Teachers’ unions gave him a record amount of money. Science?” it goes on. “No.”
“At Biden – it’s always about dark money,” the ad closes and directs viewers to DarkMoneyRewarded.com.
The website in the ad torches the president for “instantly” rewarding groups who “have spent a record amount of dark money” to vote for Biden.
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“Top agents who ran dark money groups now work in the White House, and the extremist groups who voted for him are already seeing their political wish-list come into effect,” the website said. “It’s just the beginning of dark money running the Biden administration.”
“Joe Biden has become the black money president to the great detriment of students, parents and teachers alike,” APT outside attorney and former Nevada attorney general Adam Laxalt told Fox News.
Laxalt said emails in the hands of APT “clearly show that the CDC is politicizing science under pressure” from the union, which he believes is “both a teachers’ union and a black money group.”
Nevada’s former top police officer said children “already suffering from distance learning” were kept at home, while “angry parents were lied to” and teachers longing to return to face-to-face classes were “forced to stay away from their students” .
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“Biden puts the interests of black money special interests above those of parents, students and teachers,” said Laxalt. “The dark money groups are pulling the strings and the American people are suffering the consequences.”
APT is a non-profit group that, according to its website, aims to increase the accountability of politicians and political groups for “corrupt and unethical behavior”.
Emails APT received earlier this month about a Freedom of Information Act request indicated that the teachers’ union had opposed the CDC over guidance on how to reopen the school.
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, has been criticized by parents and Republicans for a speech she gave last week for the full reopening of schools this fall. Weingarten, and the teacher unions in general, opposed a return to face-to-face learning for much of the pandemic. Weingarten’s late rebranding as an advocate of reopening schools sparked a new round of criticism.
AFT’s lobbying work has reportedly been successful. A first report published by the New York Post cited at least two instances where the teachers’ union proposals were used almost verbatim in the CDC’s guidelines for reopening schools.
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One of the proposals came just as the CDC was preparing to resume in-person learning due to a drop in coronavirus transmission rates. The agency adjusted its guidelines to include a provision that would allow a “new update” in the event of “high community broadcast results of a new variant” of COVID-19.
The union also called for teachers “who have documented or are at increased risk” to be allowed to work remotely, adding similar guidelines for employees with household members who are highly susceptible to the virus.
AFT told Fox News earlier this month that it was “in regular contact with the agencies that set policies that affect their jobs and lives, including the CDC.”
Last week, Randi Weingarten, president of AFT, was criticized by parents and Republicans for her late renaming as an advocate of reopening schools. Weingarten, and the teacher unions in general, opposed a return to face-to-face learning for much of the pandemic.
APT’s advertising campaign began today and will run for three weeks on cable networks in Washington, DC
In addition, APT launched a national over-the-top (OTT) streaming service media campaign aimed at mothers of school-age children, which includes digital ads and text messages to target audiences.
Fox News’ Kelly Laco and Caitlin McFall contributed to this report.