Conservative Groups Launch Misinformation Campaign Against HR 1 - 2021-03-12
Last week, House Democrats passed their signature campaign finance reform and voting access bill, H.R. 1, which among a slew of reforms would create a program allowing congressional candidates to access public funding for their campaigns. The bill heads next to a Senate hearing on March 24.
In an attempt to make H.R. 1 a political liability, the bill's Republican opponents and their allied nonprofits have renewed a misinformation campaign, begun during the previous Congress, that misrepresents the public matching system and its funding sources.
On March 1, the largest "dark money" group tied to House Republicans, the American Action Network (AAN), says it began an ad campaign hitting House Democrats for their support of H.R. 1. The nonprofit AAN, which does not disclose its donors, was the top donor in the 2020 election cycle to the Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), the super PAC affiliated with House Republicans, giving at least $26.4 million. AAN and CLF share the same president.