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Pro-science group pushes GOP governors to reject conspiracy theories in education


Ron DeSantis and Greg Abbott, Glenn Youngkin

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An advocacy group for science that supports Democrats launched a $10 million campaign to pressure Republican governors and the GOP gubernatorial candidates to deny conspiracy theories that lead to their defeat. battles on school boards

The push comes as debates over vaccines, science and race become more heated – and partisan – in debates about education policy.

314 Action, an 501(c)(4) non-profit organization, plans to spend $500,000 to fund their initial campaign to elect candidates with backgrounds in math, engineering and science.

Digital ads will be included in this campaign, which will start to run next month. Additional phases will be launched next year, and continue through midterm elections 2022.

Five Republican governors will be targeted by the ads, which are set to run this month: Greg Abbott in Texas, Ron DeSantis from Florida, Kim Reynolds (Iowa) and Doug Ducey (Arizona). Glenn Youngkin will be also targeted, an ex-executive at Carlyle Group who is the Republican nominee to the Governor’s Seat in Virginia.

DeSantis (Abbot), Reynolds, Reynolds, and Kemp all stand for reelection 2022. Youngkin is challenging Terry McAuliffe (Democrat) in this November’s elections. Virginia is a close race, according to polls.

Josh Morrow from 314 Action stated, “So it’s either your’re for it or you’re against them.” It is clear that the school board members attend these meetings and are being shouted to, having objects thrown at them, and have their lives endangered. We see it as if you think this’s okay then you’re going to be the leader of this terrorist mob.”

There have been many debates about Virginia’s public education policy during the gubernatorial election.

McAuliffe stated in an argument last month that “I don’t believe parents should tell schools what to teach.” Youngkin stated that his administration would be reorganized if Youngkin becomes governor. banSchools starting with teaching critical race theoryThe academic study of the effects of racism is called. Republicans tend to be against critical race theory.

CNBC reviewed 314 Action ads. The images depict violence throughout the country, before moving to pictures of conspiracy theory-spreading people at school board meetings.

The voiceover states, “The violent fanatical left, driven by antiscience conspiracyacies.” As the violent fanatical left rages, Republican leaders have been dangerously silent. Each governor is then asked by the spots to call Youngkin and each school board member to “side with science” and condemn right-wing violence.

The ads use many clips that are similar to those in a videomontage created by The Recount.

In the first quarter 2022, other aspects of the campaign are expected to be made public. The next phase will include a digital advertisement praising Rep. Sean Casten (D-Ill) for his belief in vaccines. Casten holds a master’s degree in engineering management as well as a masters of biochemical engineering.

It publicly discloses the donors to 314 Action. It was behind other efforts. taking aim at some of the same governorsIt is a target in the $10 million new campaign.

According to 314 Action’s website, several scientists and physicians have donated more than $10,000 to 314 Action each year.

According to the group, they helped Democrats in 2018/2020, with former astronaut, Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) and Sen. John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.), who are both geologists.