EXCLUSIVE: A government accountability group launches a $ 1 million advertising campaign against President Biden and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) after it became known the agency was communicating with a celebrity on a regular basis Teachers union regarding School openings.
Americans for Public Trust (APT) launched a million dollar advertising campaign according to Biden and the CDC after it was recently revealed that the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) had hired the organization to reopen schools.
According to a script sourced exclusively from Fox News, the ad titled “Science” begins with a clip from Biden urging Americans to “listen to the scientists,” and the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases , Dr. Anthony Fauci “Children Back To School.”
“We know schools are safe,” said a voiceover in the ad. “But Biden and his CDC have been secretly working with teachers’ unions to keep schools closed.”
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The advertisement beats Biden and the CDC for “sacrificing children” and keeping them out of school. The president is trying to “repay liberal dark money groups”.
“Teachers unions gave him a record amount. Science?” it goes on. “No.”
“Biden is always about dark money,” the ad closes, pointing out to viewers DarkMoneyRewarded.com.
The website in the ad torches the president for “instantly” rewarding groups who “spent a record amount of dark money” to vote for Biden.
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“Top activists who led dark money groups now work in the White House, and the extremist groups who voted for him are already seeing their political wish-list come into effect,” the website said. “It’s just the beginning of dark money running the Biden administration.”
“Joe Biden has become president of dark money to the great detriment of students, parents and teachers,” APT outside attorney and former Nevada attorney general Adam Laxalt told Fox News.
Laxalt said emails in the hands of APT “clearly show the CDC politicized science under pressure” by the union, which he described as “both a teachers union and a dark money group.”
Nevada’s former top police officer said children “already suffering from distance learning” were kept at home while “angry parents were lied to” and teachers longing for face-to-face lessons were “forced to stay away from their students” .
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“Biden puts the interests of dark money before those of parents, students and teachers,” said Laxalt. “The dark money groups are pulling the strings and the American people are suffering the consequences.”
APT is a non-profit group whose goal is to grow accountability for politicians and political groups for “corrupt and unethical behavior”, according to the website.
Emails APT received earlier this month in response to a request from the Freedom of Information Act indicated that the teachers’ union had lobbied the CDC for guidance on how to reopen the school.
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, has been criticized by parents and Republicans for a speech she gave last week for the full reopening of schools this fall. Weingarten, and the teacher unions in general, refused to return to face-to-face learning for much of the pandemic. Weingarten’s late rebranding as a proponent of reopening schools sparked a new round of criticism.
AFT’s lobbying work has reportedly been successful. A first report released The New York Post cited at least two cases in which the teachers’ union proposals were used almost verbatim in the guidelines to reopen the CDC school.
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One of the proposals came just as the CDC was preparing to resume in-person learning due to a drop in coronavirus transmission rates. The agency has adapted its guidelines to include a provision that allows a “new update” in the event that “high community transmission results are achieved” due to a new variant “of COVID-19”.
The union also called for teachers who “have documented or are at increased risk documented conditions” to work remotely with similar guidelines added for employees with household members who are highly susceptible to the virus allowed to.
AFT told Fox News earlier this month that it was “in regular contact with the agencies that have set policies that affect their jobs and lives, including the CDC.”
Last week, Randi Weingarten, President of AFT, was criticized by parents and Republicans for her late renaming as an advocate of reopening schools. Weingarten, and the teacher unions in general, refused to return to face-to-face learning for much of the pandemic.
APT’s advertising campaign began today and will run on cable networks in Washington, DC for three weeks
In addition, APT has launched a national media campaign for over-the-top streaming (OTT) services, targeting mothers of school-age children, which features digital ads and text messages for audiences.
Fox News’ Kelly Laco and Caitlin McFall contributed to this report.