'Dark money' groups pushed Trump to back unproven COVID-19 treatment - 2020-04-08

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F0.png 'Dark money' groups pushed Trump to back unproven COVID-19 treatment April 8, 2020, Tatyana Monnay, OpenSecrets News

A conservative "dark money" group that received funding from the pharmaceutical industry's largest trade organization pushed President Donald Trump to use unproven antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 and make it more widely available.

Last month, the conservative nonprofit group Job Creators Network collaborated with health care nonprofit Physicians for Reform to launch an online petition, a series of Facebook ads and a mass text message campaign urging Trump to make hydroxychloroquine available to treat patients battling COVID-19, Sludge reported. These groups do not disclose their sources of funding.

"There is clear and ever-mounting evidence that the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine can significantly help patients who contract coronavirus," the petition read.

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{{cite news | first = Tatyana | last = Monnay | title = 'Dark money' groups pushed Trump to back unproven COVID-19 treatment | url = https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2020/04/dark-money-groups-pushed-trump-to-back-hydroxychloroquine/ | work = OpenSecrets News | date = April 8, 2020 | accessdate = April 12, 2020 }}