• Carolyn Maloney

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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