“Brad Parscale is a member of our family and we all love him,” Tim Murtaugh, the Trump campaign’s communications director, told CNN. “We are ready to support him and his family in any way possible.”


Parscale correctly identified the way Facebook microtargeting works—rewarding emotionally engaging content such as Trump’s depraved ads with lower billing—as an inherent advantage on the social network in 2016. He used his time in the limelight to boost his own profile as a conservative celebrity, including inserting two shots of himself in Trump’s first 2020 TV ad, which cost nearly $143,000.

Earlier this year, campaign finance watchdog the Campaign Legal Center filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission accusing Trump’s 2016 campaign of “[disguising] nearly $170 million of campaign spending by laundering the funds through firms headed by Trump’s recent campaign manager, Brad Parscale, and/or created by Trump campaign lawyers.” The complaint alleged that Parscale helped the campaign evade reporting requirements and shield from public scrutiny which parties were being paid and how much—American Made Media Consultants, for example, a Parscale-founded company the campaign paid over $106 million. Parscale’s own firm, Parscale Strategies, was making an average of $100,905 a month between September 2019 and May 2020.


According to a CNN report in July, Vice President Mike Pence and other senior Trump advisers had become frustrated by media reports about how much Parscale was raking in from the campaign (and his flashy spending habits, such as a brand-new Ferrari).

In what could be unrelated news, British broadcaster Channel 4 teased a scoop on Monday regarding data leaked from Trump’s 2016 campaign that appeared to show a coordinated effort to suppress millions of Black votes. In a video on Twitter, the network showed glimpses of a database containing info on more than 200 million Americans which appeared to show 3.5 million Black voters tagged as “deterrence,” indicating the campaign had targeted them for negative ads.


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Update: 3:40 p.m. ET: This story has been updated with additional details from the South Florida Sun Sentinel.