Attorney and legal commentator Preston Moore has spoken out to reveal that he was offered cash to make “fake news” videos that attack President Donald Trump and post them on social media.
On Saturday, Moore posted a video on TikTok saying he was offered $400 by the “Good Information Foundation” to produce anti-Trump propaganda.
He stated that he turned down the offer before exposing the plot on his social media instead.
“They wanted me to use fear to manipulate people,” Preston warned his tens of thousands of followers.
He focuses on legal news, political news, and personal stories from his own legal practice and is not a Trump supporter.
With 89,000 followers, Moore has begun to build a significant presence.
That, he told Breitbart News, seemed to be why he was approached by a 501(c)3 organization called the Good Information Foundation to make a video about Trump and January 6.
The foundation, whose website proclaims that “good information is the lifeblood of democracy,” and that it wants “to increase the flow of good, factual information online to counter and rebut the spread of misinformation and disinformation,” wanted Moore to create the video about January 6, and to post it on his social media platforms to reach the widest possible audience.
Moore admits that he was willing to do so at first.
“To be honest, I would be willing to talk about specific facts, if you just want the literal facts,” Moore told Breitbart.
But after he asked for more information, he was given a set of talking points.
While the proposed content was originally billed as “nonpartisan,” the organization clearly wanted an anti-Trump attack ad: “The next paragraph made clear that it was not nonpartisan,” Moore recalled, noting that it said, “now Trumpism has to go.”
As he noted in a now-viral video about his experience, he was also given a set of talking points that included several dubious claims about January 6, including that “The Trump campaign paid literally millions of dollars to make January 6th happen.”
“I was just offered $400 to make an anti Trump video” pic.twitter.com/FhinA9nY4p
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That rang alarm bells, and when Moore replied to a representative from Vocal Media, the contractor that had apparently partnered with the Good Information Foundation, asking for evidence to back the claim, he stopped receiving replies.
In the video, which has been viewed more than one million times on TikTok alone as of Sunday, Moore notes with some irony that the “Good Information Foundation” was essentially looking for social media influencers who were willing to misinform.
“It became really clear that … they wanted me to use the most graphic images possible,” he told Breitbart.
“They wanted me to use fear to manipulate people into voting blue, or into voting not Trump. …
“And when they’re giving examples of the things they wanted me to say — don’t say ‘Trump and his allies,’ say ‘Trump Republicans’ — it became really clear that this was about putting out information … to impact midterms.”
Moore notes in the TikTok video that he does not support Trump politically.
What bothered him was not that the group was critical of Trump, but the dishonesty: “You’re being paid to put out fake news.
“That’s why it rubbed me the wrong way.”
According to the Internal Revenue Service website, the Good Information Foundation only received its 501(c)3 non-profit and tax-exempt status in April of this year.
No other information appears to be available about the group’s funding and spending.
Under the federal tax code, 501(c)3 non-profit charities cannot participate directly in politics and retain tax-exempt status.