Influencer says he was offered money to spread anti-Trump propaganda on TikTok
Attorney and TikToker Preston Moore says he was offered money to publish negative propaganda about President Donald Trump that is "not entirely true"
September 18, 2022 5:31pm
Updated: September 18, 2022 7:55pm
Attorney and TikToker Preston Moore says he was offered money to publish negative propaganda about President Donald Trump that is "not entirely true."
According to the influencer, the offer came from the Good Information Foundation, an organization run by Rick Stengel, a former Deputy Secretary of State during Barack Obama's administration who also worked on the Biden transition team at the U.S. Agency for Global Media and Voice of America.
Mr. Stengel allegedly offered him $400 in exchange for spreading rumors and information "that is not entirely true" about the events on Capitol Hill on January 6, when a crowd protesting the election results penetrated the seat of the legislative branch. He also intended for them to spread rumors about Trump and the 2020 presidential campaign, the lawyer said.
@trialbypreston #greenscreen #viral #conservative #conservativetiktok #republican #republicantiktok #jan6 #january6 #capitol #capitolraid #capitolriot #conservativehypehouse #trump #desantis #gop #trump #biden #whitehouse #goodinfofoundation ♬ original sound - Preston Moore, Esq.
In his report, Moore clarified that he is not a supporter of President Trump, but an attorney who disseminates legal news on the TiKTok platform.
The influencer said in a video on TikTok, "I was just offered $400 to make an anti-Donald Trump propaganda post related to the Jan. 6 investigation that is not entirely true."
"I received an email from someone at Good Information Foundation (...) a message letting me know (...) that he was willing to offer a paid collaboration to address some issues related to January 6.
According to Moore, "He learned that Good Information Foundation would pay him $400 to make a post on their page and share it on Instagram, and that there were specific points they would like him to hit to earn that fee."
Moore said he was allegedly asked in his video to speak in specific terms such as, "Say 'criminal conspiracy,' not 'coup attempt,' 'treason' or 'insurrection.
"Say 'Trump and the Republicans,' not 'Trump and his allies.
"Say 'Jan. 6 investigation,' not 'hearing' or 'trial.
"Call this an 'attack on our country' or an attack on 'America' or 'Americans' and a 'criminal conspiracy,' 'crime committed.'
The proposal suggested messages like this, "what many people don't know is that the violence on Jan. 6 was actually planned and paid for by Trump Republicans."
The proposal, according to Moore, from The Good Information Foundation proposed that it read, "The Trump campaign paid literally millions of dollars to make January 6 happen."
They also allegedly suggested that Moore say, "It is important to know that this was not a one-day thing: there is an ongoing threat of political violence or MAGA Rebublicans trying to overturn the election(...) It is also intended to emphasize the ongoing January 6 Committee hearings, and that there will be more in September."
Moore said that when he asked what evidence showed that Trump paid millions of dollars to fund the Jan. 6 events, the Good Information Foundation said he didn't have to say that if he didn't want to.
"Let me know if you're interested and the fee suits you," he was told, but Moore claims he declined.
The Good Information Foundation is registered as a nonprofit charity, and therefore, according to the IRS, "may not directly or indirectly participate in, or intervene in, political campaigning on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office."