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How big money super PACs influence the news media
A memo published by Wikileaks outlines the success that Hillary Clinton super PAC Correct The Record has had in getting its campaign narratives across in the news media.
The memo sent to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta boasts that, as of the end of 2015, Correct The Record had conducted “over 900 on-the-record and off-the-record media interviews” and “identified 372 surrogates including influential and frequent pundits on broadcast and cable news…[providing them]…80 sets of talking points, background materials and briefings on topical issues” to defend Clinton and her record.
Correct The Record says it placed 21 “strategic memos” with the media that “led to stories in a number of news outlets including National Journal, Politico, USA Today, MSNBC and The Hill.” It sent “media advisories” and “talking points” to “960 members of the national media and 10,756 regional reporters in 28 states” including key swing states, and to “369 televisions producers and bookers.” It “engaged trusted names” to write and place 132 opinion editorials, including in Politico, Times Union, Huffington Post, CNN, Washington Blade, and New Jersey’s Bergen Record.
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