They seemed like Democratic activists. They were secretly conservative spies - 2021-06-25

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F0.png They seemed like Democratic activists. They were secretly conservative spies June 25, 2021, Mark Mazzetti, New York Times, bdnews24.com

Large donations to the Democratic National Committee — $10,000 each — had bought Beau Maier and Sofia LaRocca tickets to the debate. During a cocktail reception beforehand, they worked the room of party officials, rainbow donkey pins affixed to their lapels.

In fact, much about them was a lie. Maier and LaRocca were part of an undercover operation by conservatives to infiltrate progressive groups, political campaigns and the offices of Democratic as well as moderate Republican elected officials during the 2020 election cycle, according to interviews and documents.

Using large campaign donations and cover stories, the operatives aimed to gather dirt that could sabotage the reputations of people and organisations considered threats to a hard-right agenda advanced by former President Donald Trump.

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