The Washington Free Beacon reports that billionaire Democrat donor George Soros is putting big bucks behind a new ad campaign targeting President Donald Trump over his coronavirus response efforts.
The campaign comes from Priorities USA Action, a super PAC that “plans to spend $6 million on TV and digital ads condemning Trump’s response to COVID-19,” Politico reported Tuesday. According to Federal Election Commission records cited by the Free Beacon, Soros donated $3 million to that super PAC on Feb. 21.
Putting Trump on blast
Soros’ contribution to the super PAC dwarfs similar donations made by other entities in recent weeks, constituting more than three-quarters of the funds raised by Priorities USA in February, the Free Beacon reported. Now, at least part of that money is going toward ads that, according to Politico, depict “Trump quotes juxtaposed against a graph showing the number of positive coronavirus tests in America.”
The ads “began running in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Florida on Tuesday,” Politico reported.
Priorities USA’s chairman, Guy Cecil, defended the super PAC’s ad campaign in a statement to Politico, arguing that Trump has “repeatedly misled the American people and exposed us to unnecessary danger.”
The super PAC plans to spend a total of $150 million on ads attacking the president ahead of the Democratic National Convention this summer, Politico noted.
Opening up their wallets
While Soros has given a total of $5 million to the super PAC since January of last year, according to the Free Beacon, he isn’t the group’s biggest contributor; fellow billionaire Donald Sussman donated some $8 million during the same time frame, the outlet noted.
A long-time Democratic backer, Sussman is involved with a number of hedge funds and was previously married to Democrat Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine.
But as a recent New York Times column noted, Priorities USA and its donors aren’t the only ones blasting Trump this election season. On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported that a super PAC called Pacronym will soon be unleashing $5 million worth of advertising that takes aim at Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Pacronym is tied to a non-profit group called Acronym, which owns Shadow Inc. — the company that provided the faulty voting app used in Iowa’s botched Democratic caucuses. “This is a public health issue and a national security issue, but it’s also a public policy issue and thus a political one,” Acronym founder Tara McGowan told The Washington Post of the new ad campaigns.
But as rich progressives continue hammering Trump over his coronavirus response, polling data seems to indicate that the public is supportive of Trump’s conduct. An ABC News/Ipsos poll released on Friday showed that 55% of respondents approved of the way the president is handling the crisis.
And as his administration continues to work to keep Americans safe and healthy, that number will likely only continue to rise.