A new electronic billboard in Times Square is raising pedestrians’ eyes and eyebrows, blasting “fake news” and urging New Yorkers to follow a link explaining a complaint the sponsors have filed against Hillary Clinton’s campaign for alleged fundraising abuses.
The Committee to Defend the President, formerly the STOP HILLARY PAC, paid for the billboard, which went up on February 5th. It is getting its share of attention: white letters on a bright red background flash the words, THE FAKE NEWS. Just above them are the names of major media outlets that President Trump and others have called purveyors of fake news — CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, NBC News and Time.
After some moments, the message changes, flashing: “. . .Spent more ink on President Trump’s second scoop of ice cream than the ongoing FEC investigation of Hillary’s $84M Campaign Finance money laundering scheme.” A photo carries the caption, “President gets 2 scoops, everyone else 1.”
Yet another screen reads, “Want the real story?” Observers are directed to a web site, www.Askcdp.com, with links to the complaint that the group filed in December with the Federal Election Commission.
The Super Pac’s complaint alleges that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee used state chapters as strawmen to circumvent campaign donation limits and laundered the money back to her campaign.
Specifically, it charges that the Hillary Victory Fund (HVF) solicited cash from big-name donors, including Calvin Klein and “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane — money that was allegedly sent through state chapters and back to the DNC before ending up with the Clinton campaign. As the text of the complaint reads, in part:
“Based on publicly available FEC records, repeatedly throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, HVF would purportedly transfer funds to its constituent political committees, which included between 34 and 40 state parties. On the very same day each of these transfers supposedly occurred, or occasionally the very next day, every single one of those state parties purportedly contributed all of those funds to the DNC.”
“What we have found, people need to see,” Ted Harvey, Chairman of the CDP that emerged from the now-defunct Stop Hillary PAC, told Fox News. “I think it’s important that the American public has an understanding of how corrupt this campaign system was and that they were doing anything they could to secure the nomination in her favor.”
The complaint also alleges that about $84 million was funneled illegally from the DNC through state party chapters and back into the war chest of the Clinton campaign.
The billboard will reportedly be displayed alternately on either side of 1515 Broadway — one on West 44th Street, the other on West 45th Street.
By: David MacIntosh