Trump Administration Pulled Money from CDC for an Ad Campaign and Now COVID Cases Are Surging Again

“We have grave concerns that, rather than focus on planning and executing a national strategy to contain the coronavirus, the Trump Administration is using a quarter of a billion dollars in taxpayer money to fund what appears to be a political propaganda campaign just … before a presidential election,” read a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar sent in early September. It was signed by Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform; Rep. James E. Clyburn, chair of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis; and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, chair of the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy.

Democrats have launched an investigation, arguing it is premature for the HHS to build a campaign to “defeat despair” before widely disseminating something as basic as COVID-19 guidelines to the public. They requested that HHS pause the campaign, but HHS officials refused, defending the initiative.

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