A second Democratic-led, false-flag operation set up during the contentious 2017 Alabama Senate special election has been uncovered.
Less than a month after The New York Times reported on a left-leaning effort to help the Democrat in the race — Doug Jones, who won the election and is now a senator — by mimicking efforts on social media that Russia is accused of doing in 2016, the Times published a story Monday that discussed another stealth operation on Facebook and Twitter.
The most recent report details a Facebook page and Twitter account called "Dry Alabama," which, according to the Times, was full of images that depicted car crashes and videos of families speaking about the negative effects of drinking alcohol. It claimed to be lobbying for a statewide ban on alcohol sales.
The Facebook page was set up to appear as if Baptists who supported Republican Roy Moore were behind the effort. By trying to align Moore to the group, the Democrats tried to take votes away from the former judge.
Moore ultimately lost to Jones by just under 22,000 votes. It is not clear if the "Dry Alabama" push impacted the vote totals.
Progressive Democrats with $100,000 in funding from two Virginia donors were behind the operation. The Times reported one of its organizers handles classified documents at the National Archives.
It is unlikely the operation broke any laws, but it might have violated Facebook's community standards. The other operation, which tried to create chaos on the Republican side of the race by dividing GOP voters, resulted in Facebook taking action against several users for their role.
Russia is accused of meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election through social media campaigns, fake news, and other tactics.
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