The national Catholic-based advocacy group CatholicVote.org launched a $500,000 digital media campaign today which will run today through Election Day targeting Catholic voters in key swing states, including Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida and Nevada. The campaign highlights recently leaked emails in which top Clinton campaign staffers mocked Catholics as “severely backwards.”
The combined digital campaign will exceed $500,000 and will focus heavily on Catholic voters in the metro Philadelphia area. Catholics make up 29% of Pennsylvania’s population.
Brian Burch, President of CatholicVote.org, said Catholic voters deserve to know the truth about the blatant anti-Catholic bigotry present at the highest levels of the Clinton campaign:
“The level of disdain for Catholics contained in these emails could turn large numbers of undecided Catholic voters against Clinton. It’s one thing to suggest you disagree with the Catholic Church on certain issues. But it’s entirely different to mock, ridicule, and scheme to turn Catholics against each other for political gain.
“Catholics in the pews remain divided on many important issues. But Catholics are united against blatant partisan attacks that seek to divide their Church.
“Hillary Clinton has already called half of her opponents’ supporters ‘a basket of deplorables’ and ‘irredeemable.’ According to leaked email exchanges from Wikileaks, her campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri dismissively questioned the sincerity of the faith of many Catholics, while campaign chair John Podesta admitted that he helped create Catholic front groups to sow discord and turn Catholics against their own shepherds.
“Neither Palmieri or Podesta have apologized despite demands from top ranking Catholic bishops, including the Cardinal Archbishop of New York. Had similar comments been made about Muslims or Jewish leaders, the campaign would have reacted differently. Voters deserve to know the truth before making their decision on Election Day.”