November 27, 2017

David Brock Spent $1 Million Trolling Anti-Clinton Voters Online

What (Really) Happened, Day #12

It wasn’t just Hillary Clinton who lost the 2016 election for Democrats. The people she hired (and associated with) played a big role in handing the White House to Donald Trump.

Take Media Matters founder David Brock.

Clinton’s campaign against “fake news” could have been a much stronger election issue had Brock not been spearheading a quasi-fake news campaign of his own. For instance, it was revealed in May 2016 that Correct The Record, a Brock-controlled super PAC, was planning to spend $1 million just to troll people who made mean comments about Clinton online.

Their plan — nearly 17 times the U.S. median household income — was a highly-coordinated effort to shut down organic commentary on social media and give the impression that momentum was moving in Clinton’s direction.

From The Los Angeles Times:

Correct the Record, a super PAC coordinating with Clinton’s campaign, is spending some $1 million to find and confront social media users who post unflattering messages about the Democratic front-runner.

In effect, the effort aims to spend a large sum of money to increase the amount of trolling that already exists online. . . .

The task force designed to stop the spread of online misinformation and misogyny is the brainchild of David Brock, a Clinton confidant who once made a career of spreading such misinformation and misogynistic attacks against her and Bill Clinton.


Months later, it was also revealed that Brock had bought Shareblue Media, a news outlet, with the express goal of using it to elect Hillary Clinton.

“At first glance, the Clintonian grass roots seemed to have organically sprouted in anger,” the New York Times reported in September 2016. “But closer inspection yielded traces of Miracle-Gro that led to the sixth floor of a building in the Flatiron neighborhood of Manhattan.”