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Progressives Build Shadow Online Powerhouse – Can Be Activated At Election Time

The Real Voices Media network has been serving social media users apolitical and non-ideological content to build up big social media followings.

This seemingly apolitical network is actually part of a plan by progressives to help them come election time.

When activated, this network will be used to boost the Democrats.

From Axios:

Progressive strategists have quietly built a massive network of social media communities in political battleground states that can activate ahead of elections and policy fights, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: The network, operating under the name Real Voices Media, uses apolitical, to build up audiences. It then leverages the crowd on behalf of clients in what experts say is a potent persuasion strategy. President Biden and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are beneficiaries.

What’s happening: Facebook and Instagram users in Michigan started seeing ads last month promoting stories by a new news site, the Main Street Sentinel.

The aggregated content — from both news sources and the White House itself — touched on skyrocketing gas prices and broader price inflation, blaming corporate price gouging and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and mirroring lines from the Biden administration.

It is unclear who is behind the network. The publisher behind it, Star Spangled Media LLC, was formed only last month in New York.

They have spent over $500,000 on paid posts for Instagram and Facebook since 2019.

During the 2020 election, the accounts were used for voter registration and turnout ads.

Foreshadowing? New Zealand Postpones Election Over Virus Fears

TOM OZIMEK
August 17, 2020

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday said that the country’s general election would be postponed by a month after a COVID-19 outbreak in the capital prompted a lockdown and constrained political campaigning.

Around a third of New Zealand’s 5 million voters were put under lockdown in Auckland last week after a surge of infections put an end to a 102-day stretch without any known community transmission of the disease caused by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus, also known as novel coronavirus.

The Prime Minister, who has sole authority to set the date of the election, said Monday that she had consulted leaders from rival political parties before determining to move the vote from Sept. 19 to Oct. 17.

“I absolutely have confidence we can and will deliver a safe election,” said Ardern, who insisted this would be New Zealand’s one and only delay.

“COVID is continuing to disrupt life around the world,” Ardern said, noting that other countries like South Korea and Singapore have managed to hold elections despite the lingering threat of the virus.

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A client has her hair styled at Duke Hair Salon in Auckland, New Zealand, on the first day salons were permitted to reopen in the country, on May 14, 2020. (Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

The move comes after some of New Zealand’s political parties complained of an inability to campaign with so many voters under lockdown.

David Seymour, the leader of an opposition party, welcomed the delay, saying the new outbreak had forced him to cancel a dozen events, including debates and community meetings.

“In order to have a free and fair election, candidates need to be out in the community listening to voters, and that’s not possible while Aucklanders are housebound,” he said in a statement.

“Ultimately I want to ensure we have a well-run election that gives all voters the best chance to receive all the information they need about parties and candidates, and delivers certainty for the future,” Ardern said.

The recent outbreak brings the number of infections in Auckland to 58, which health officials believe are all connected. During the 102 days prior to the resurgence, the only known COVID-19 cases were confined to returning travelers who were quarantined upon arrival.

Auckland’s COVID-19 cluster was initially traced back to members of one family, with a health official who knows them telling the New Zealand Herald that the family were “shell-shocked” and “a little embarrassed that it had happened to them.”

Prior to the identification of the new COVID-19 cluster, New Zealand’s government had lifted almost all of its lockdown restrictions, with restaurants and schools open and sports fans back in stadiums.

New Zealand has reported more than 1,600 infections and 22 deaths since the pandemic began, according to a running tally from John Hopkins University.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.