The Lincoln Project, a disgraced anti-Trump political action committee, funneled nearly $300,000 negatively portraying Republican Virginia gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin and propping up his Democratic opponent Terry McAuliffe.
Records provided by the Virginia Public Access Project show $17,100 being spent on pro-McAuliffe efforts and just over $280,000 on anti-Youngkin efforts.
According to the Virginia Public Access Project, anti-Youngkin spending included TV ad buys, digital ads, and “media production. “
A small group of demonstrators dressed as “Unite the Right” rally-goers with tiki torches stand on a sidewalk as Republican candidate for governor of Virginia Glenn Youngkin arrives on his bus for a campaign event at a Mexican restaurant in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. October 29, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
The Lincoln Project, formed as a counter to former President Donald Trump in 2019 by disillusioned former Republicans, and mired in a sexual harassment scandal earlier this year, made headlines on Friday when the group admitted to staging a photo-op at a Youngkin rally that portrayed white supremacists as supporting the GOP hopeful. “Today’s protest was our way to remind Virginians of what happened four years ago in Charlottesville, Glenn Youngkin’s failure of condemnation and the Republican Party’s embrace of these values,” said the Lincoln Project in a press release.
DANVILLE, VIRGINIA – OCTOBER 26: Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin gives remarks at a campaign rally at the Danville Community Market on October 26, 2021 in Danville, Virginia. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images
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“The Lincoln Project has run advertisements highlighting the hate unleashed in Charlottesville as well as Glenn Youngkin’s continued failure to denounce Donald Trump’s ‘very fine people on both sides,'” the group said. We will keep drawing this contrast on broadcast videos and Youngkin rallies, as well as via our social media platforms. The protest staged was reported as a valid example of white supremacists supporting Youngkin by several news outlets.
The McAuliffe campaign has denounced the Lincoln Project’s action, but questions remain about what level of coordination, if any, took place between the campaign, the Virginia Democratic Party, and the Lincoln Project.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin speaks during a rally in Glen Allen, Va., Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. Youngkin will be facing Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat in November’s election. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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The group has placed ads in Virginia attempting to label Youngkin as racist. The Lincoln Project didn’t immediately reply to Fox News’s request for comment.