These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward conservative causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Right Bias sources.
- Overall, we rate America First Action SuperPAC Right Biased based on political affiliation with Donald Trump and the Republican party. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to poor sourcing and publication of news stories in questionable sources.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
Founded in April 2017, America First Action SuperPAC is affiliated with the (501c) nonprofit organization America First Policies. In other words, America First Action’s SuperPAC nonprofit advocacy arm is America First Policies. America First Policies was founded by Brad Parscale, Rick Gates, Nick Ayers and Marty Obst. David Bossie and Katrina Pierson later joined to the group. According to the Associated Press, their main goals are repealing and replacing President Obama’s health care law and changing immigration policies. Both of the groups are Pro-Trump and America First Policies is allied with America First Action. Their primary objective is electing federal candidates who support the agenda of the Trump administration.
Funded by / Ownership
Former Web Designer Brad Parscale is Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign manager and is one of the founders of America First Action SuperPAC. Doug Deason and Roy Bailey, a partner at Giuliani Partners LLC, runs the finances of the two groups. Donald Trump Jr. girlfriend and former Fox News Host Kimberly Guilfoyle is the chairwoman, and Sean Spicer is the spokesman and senior adviser for America First Action. Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, is also a senior adviser to America First Policies. Republican mega donor T. Boone Pickens hosted a fundraiser for America First Action SuperPAC. According to Politico, two anonymous donors contributed “$4.5 million and $5 million, each gave close to half of America First Policies’ funding”. In 2017-2018 the super PAC collected $39 million. Here are the contributors for 2018 and here are the details of their expenditure.
Analysis / Bias
Director of advocacy for America First Policies, Carl Higbie is known for making racist, sexist, anti-Muslim and anti-gay remarks. CNN published audio clips taken from the Internet talk radio program “Sound of Freedom,” and he has also pushed the birther conspiracy about Barack Obama on the radio.
America First Policies, according to the Brennan Center For Justice has spent millions of dollars to promote President Trump’s SCOTUS nominees such as Kavanaugh and many other conservatives.
The website publishes right leaning news stories written by America First Action staff. Many of the stories are published in credible media outlets such as The Hill and Real Clear Politics. Of note, the articles that appear in other media outlets are properly sourced, whereas the ones published on the a1apac website are not sourced at all. Some news articles use emotionally loaded headlines such as this: TV Ads Expose Radical West Virginia Leftist Richard Ojeda For Opposition To Trump. This article was also published in the Questionable Breitbart, which has failed numerous fact checks.
A factual search reveals that a1aPac has not failed a fact check. However, their senior adviser Sheriff David Clark has made a pants on fire claim. In March 2019, David Clark was fired from Fox News as well as America Action First due to “rhetoric that became crazier and crazier.” Further, as mentioned above the director has also promoted the Obama Birther conspiracy, which has been thoroughly debunked.
Overall, we rate America First Action SuperPAC Right Biased based on political affiliation with Donald Trump and the Republican party. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to poor sourcing and publication of news stories in questionable sources. (M. Huitsing 4/20/2019)