A new investigation has revealed that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has been paying the left-wing media outlet Occupy Democrats to spread propaganda.
The investigation, conducted by the nonprofit news organization Media Matters for America, found that the DNC has paid Occupy Democrats over $800,000 since 2016. The money was paid through the DNC's Media Matters for America Election Fund, a super PAC that is barred from donating directly to candidates.
Occupy Democrats has used the money to produce and distribute content that is favorable to the Democratic Party and its candidates. The content has often been misleading or inaccurate, and has been criticized by fact-checkers.
For example, in 2016, Occupy Democrats published a post that claimed that Donald Trump had called for a "Muslim registry." The post was based on a misleading interpretation of a Trump statement, and was later rated "false" by PolitiFact.
In 2020, Occupy Democrats published a post that claimed that Joe Biden had "never supported fracking." The post was also based on a misleading interpretation of Biden's record, and was later rated "mostly false" by FactCheck.org.
The investigation by Media Matters for America also found that Occupy Democrats has failed to disclose its relationship with the DNC in its financial disclosures. This is a violation of federal law, which requires political organizations to disclose all of their donors.
The DNC has defended its relationship with Occupy Democrats, claiming that the organization is a "valuable partner" in spreading the Democratic message. However, the investigation by Media Matters for America raises serious concerns about the DNC's use of money to influence the media.
The investigation by Media Matters for America is the latest in a series of revelations about the DNC's ties to the media. In 2016, it was revealed that the DNC had been colluding with Hillary Clinton's campaign against Bernie Sanders. And in 2020, it was revealed that the DNC had been favoring Joe Biden over other Democratic candidates.
The revelations about the DNC's relationship with Occupy Democrats raise further questions about the organization's commitment to transparency and accountability. The DNC is supposed to be a neutral party in elections, but its actions suggest that it is willing to use its resources to promote its own agenda.
The public deserves to know more about the DNC's relationship with Occupy Democrats and other media outlets. The DNC should be transparent about its funding sources and its editorial policies. The public has a right to know who is influencing the media and how that influence is being used.