Democratic activists are creating more than 50 partisan websites disguised as “local news,” likely in hopes of a rousing midterm election

Over the past year, Democratic activists have unleashed more than 50 websites that look like local news sites but are actually either promoting Democratic candidates and agendas or criticizing the Republican opposition. These websites specifically target swing states in hopes of influencing the upcoming midterm elections.

Corresponding axiosLocal Report Inc., registered in Florida last year, launched 51 websites with innocuous-sounding names, such as: Northern Clark County Heraldthe valley leafand the Bucks County Standard. Local Report has created such sites in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Michigan, New Hampshire, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin, all of which have competitive congressional and/or gubernatorial races.

The articles on these websites often appear like regular news publications, but are actually pro-democracy propaganda. In addition to glorifying Democratic candidates like Josh Shapiro, who is running for governor of Pennsylvania, these sites promote important Democratic causes like abortion and climate change. Because swing-state voters typically don’t identify pet Democratic projects as the most pressing policy issues affecting their lives, Jordan Boyd said the federalist quipped, “It’s no surprise [Democrats] feel the need to hide their shady campaigns behind unobtrusive sites.”

And these sites look “unassuming” and often offer many of the same features. Their mastheads claim to feature “local” and national news, sports stories, and some commentary, and all of their outlet email addresses refer to “Local Report.” For example, the email contact for the Valley Gazette, allegedly from Arizona, is

While all these sites are openly associated with local reportthey are also indirectly related to it the American Independent, the “#1 digital platform for progressive news,” according to the site. Based in Washington, DC, TAI was founded by prominent Democratic fundraiser David Brock, who also founded left-wing Media Matters. Axios reports that six TAI authors have contributed articles to most or all Local Report sites.

When asked for comment, TAI executive director Jessica McCreight told Axios that “The American Independent has expanded to bring readers local, fact-based news and information on issues and issues affecting their communities,” although she would not confirm the connection from TAI to Local Report .

Axios also received a statement from Local Report itself, expressing similar views

“Our portfolio includes a number of digital news sites across the country focused on sharing local news and providing readers with fact-based coverage of their communities. We’re proud to work with partners like American Independent, who are also committed to providing public reliable information they can trust.”

Axios claims that no name was submitted with the statement or included in the local report’s email address.

And while Local Report has only been out for a little over a year, it’s by no means the first attempt by Democratic activists to present partisan commentary as local news. Back in 2019, the Courier Newsroom published fake online newspaper articles to undermine then-President Donald Trump. The Federalist alleges that Courier Newsroom has been linked to leftist financier George Soros.

H/T: Fox News Democratic activists are creating more than 50 partisan websites disguised as “local news,” likely in hopes of a rousing midterm election

Laura Coffey

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