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DeLauro Statement on New Documents Related to the $250 Million Taxpayer Funded Ad Campaign to Re-Elect Trump

October 29, 2020
Press Release

NEW HAVEN, CT Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) released the following statement on new documents revealing the $250 million advertising campaign awarded by the Trump Administration to “defeat despair and inspire hope” went against public health expert advice, inserted political opinion into the campaign, and excluded celebrities from the campaign based on whether they agreed with President Trump or support gay rights:

“The documents obtained by the House Oversight Committee show Secretary Azar and the Department of Health and Human Services could not be bothered to focus on getting the pandemic under control. Instead, it ignored public health experts to design a propaganda campaign to re-elect the President not end the pandemic and keep Americans safe. As my home state of Connecticut has seen its highest case counts since earlier this summer in recent days, stunts like this one add insult to injury to those that have lost loved ones to COVID-19.

“Let me be clear, I strongly support public health information campaigns based on science and fact and any taxpayer-funded advertising campaign must be led and coordinated by our nation’s foremost public health experts. As the Chairwoman of the subcommittee that funds HHS, I stand ready to assist with that campaign. That is not what the Trump administration even attempted to do. I asked Secretary Azar for details on this campaign on September 3rd and have yet to receive a response. Unfortunately, this is par for the course in our efforts to hold the administration accountable.”