DHS Provides More Than $700,000 to Groups Creating ‘Counter-Propaganda’ – American Faith

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has paid organizations over $700,000 to create “counter-propaganda” on immigration, racial justice, and COVID-19.

Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) sent a letter to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, claiming that DHS has “consistently weaponized the federal government to attack conservatives using taxpayer dollars, first by colluding with private social media companies to censor conservative viewpoints and now by funding private actors to create affirmative propaganda to ‘counter’ conservatives.”

“This is an outrageous use of federal funds and abuse of power. All these funds should be clawed back by the federal government immediately, and anyone involved in making this grant should be fired,” Hawley asserted.

Hawley wrote that DHS “provided a grant to the University of Rhode Island’s Media Education Lab to create ‘counter-propaganda.’”

“In its application, the Lab wrote that it would address ‘propaganda and misinformation concerning topics including immigration, racial justice, the coronavirus, and vaccination’ and ‘build on top of concerns about so-called “fake news” and “cancel culture.”‘ The Lab planned to use funds to create ‘counterpropaganda.’ Your Department gave them $700,000 to do so.”

Describing more instances of partisan grant provisions, Hawley wrote, “[Y]ou have consistently weaponized the Department against conservatives through the creation of the Disinformation Governance Board and the so-called Homeland Intelligence Experts Group, which includes John Brennan, James Clapper, and others who tried to suppress the Hunter Biden laptop story.”

The senator then requested that Mayorkas provide information related to any other grants that DHS provided to private entities and those who were involved in the grants’ approval.

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