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Obama Operatives Are Devising A Weapon They Say Will Blunt Trump’s Biggest Advantage

Chris White on November 5, 2019

A pair of Obama-era operatives are launching a massive digital advertisement buy ahead of the 2020 election to ward off what they said is President Donald Trump’s online dominance.

A nonprofit group called Acronym and a left-leaning political action committee are unveiling plans to spend $75 million on digital advertising to rebut what they said is Trump’s nearly insurmountable edge in battleground states, according to The New York Times on Monday. A pair of Obama-era operatives are involved in the plan.

“If the things that need to happen don’t happen in these battleground states between now and May or June, our nominee will never have time to catch up,” David Plouffe, who managed former President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign and was a key adviser to him in 2012, told reporters.

Plouffe, a member of the Acronym board, said Trump is way ahead of the game. “There is an enormous amount of danger between now and then,” he said, noting that Obama had a similar advantage over Sen. Mitt Romney in 2012. “If the hole is too steep to dig out of, they’re not going to win.”

The president’s campaign already plowed over $26 million so far into Facebook and Google, a number dwarfing that of former Vice President Joe Biden, as well as Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, all of whom are running for president in 2020.

Tara McGowan, the founder and chief executive of Acronym who was also a digital producer for Obama for America in 2011, said alongside Plouffe in an interview that their campaign would begin immediately and focus on crafting a negative public perception of Trump before the primary election concludes.

McGowan was also a digital director for NextGen Action, a group started by billionaire Tom Steyer, who is himself running for president as a Democrat. Acronym’s campaign will focus on four big states: Michigan, Arizona, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, a state that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton famously avoided during her failed 2016 run.

Trump’s advertisement spending is a problem for Democrats, but so is his ability to attract an immense amount of free media.

Democratic candidates picked up a combined 58 million social media interactions on features, articles and stories about them, Axios reported Saturday, citing data from NewsWhip. Trump collected about 181 million, data show. Trump is also raising money every time he raises the ire of media pundits. 

Trump’s campaign, for instance, sold more than 55,000 packs of plastic straws, netting over $823,000 in sales, while campaign officials have sold about $50,000 worth of fine point markers, TheNYT reported in September. The campaign began selling markers in September to raise money after CNN criticized him for supposedly using a pen on a weather map.

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  • Obama the sleuth president has been leading a coup since he left office. He spied on Trump the only pos ex president to ever do this. Harry Reid taught the republicans how to put judges o the bench. Now the republicans know how to impeach future socialist presidents and future socialist Supreme Court nominees. Yes the socialist are teaching the republicans new tricks and new lows everyday you reap what you sow.

  • It is educational to note how in recounts of ballots there is an increase in the number of Democrat ballots each time..........check Seattle's recounts.

  • Obama works so hard at hurting the USA and Trump, he must be partners with Russia and/or China. Obama IS the Deep State.

  • Every time HRC gets quiet over the last 30 years... skulduggery is afoot, people show up dead. Been wondering now for a few months where she would appear and if BHO would be paired up. Yep, indeed, here they are. Can they also plotting more than just a coup? WIll their failed political crap turn physical?

    They and their co-horts (accessories) will only further infuriate the american citizen with the incessant divisiveness and hate for the US Constitution, their jealousy at losing power...

    Get it through your heads.. AMERICA WILL NEVER BE A SOCIALIST NATION. Trump 2020... or if he should not survive your coup d'etat... ANY STRONG NON POLITICAL CONSERVATIVE WE CAN FIND

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