Documents Point to Illegal Campaign Coordination Between Trump and NRA
Reporting by The Trace shows that the NRA and the Trump campaign employed the same operation — at times, the exact same people — to craft and execute their advertising strategies for the 2016 presidential election. The investigation, which involved a review of more than 1,000 pages of Federal Communications Commission and Federal Election Commission documents, found multiple instances in which National Media, through its affiliates Red Eagle and AMAG, executed ad buys for Trump and the NRA that seemed coordinated to enhance each other.
Individuals working for National Media or its affiliated companies either signed or were named in FCC documents, demonstrating that they had knowledge of both the NRA and the Trump campaign’s advertising plans.
“It is impossible for these consultants to have established firewalls in their brains,” said Brendan Fischer, the Director of the Federal Reform Program at the Campaign Legal Center. “We have not previously seen this level of evidence undermining any claim of a firewall.”
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