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That ‘Team Beto’ Fund-Raising Email? It Might Not Be From Beto.

In one solicitation, the hyperlink to the Blue South PAC donation web page on ActBlue, the Democratic digital donation-processing website, was highlighted in shiny yellow and appeared as if it belonged to the marketing campaign: actblue.com/donate/team-beto.

Those who clicked have been greeted by a message: “Show your support by donating and joining Team Beto!” Except 100% of the funds went to the Blue South PAC, in line with the high-quality print on the donation web page.

A associated group, Defeat Republicans, deployed a virtually similar e-mail, that includes an analogous URL highlighted in yellow: actblue.com/donate/official-beto.

Both teams are linked to the identical digital strategist, Zach Schreiber, who emailed a press release on behalf of each Blue South PAC and Defeat Republicans saying that their digital technique was “in line with the industry best practices.”

“Our community looks to us for news, action alerts, and opportunities to help elect Democrats,” the assertion stated, including that the PACs “look forward to working with the Beto campaign.”

Founded in the summertime of 2020, Defeat Republicans raised virtually $1 million in lower than a year via the tip of June 2021. In that point, federal information present it paid Mr. Schreiber $133,000 and directed one other $208,000 to a agency, Opt-In Strategies, that lists him as a advisor on its web site. Blue South PAC had spent solely about $37,000 via the tip of June, with greater than one-third of the spending going to a different consulting agency, UpWave Digital Solutions, based by Mr. Schreiber.

Federal information present that Defeat Republicans has given greater than $400,000 to Democratic campaigns. The greatest chunk, $230,000, went to Jennifer Carroll Foy, who ran for governor of Virginia as a Democrat; Ms. Foy’s marketing campaign paid Opt-In Strategies $67,500 for “list acquisition,” state information present. The PACs additionally stated it had contributed $5,000 to Mr. O’Rourke.

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