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McAuliffe raised money from donor who funded anti-vax effort, mistakenly calls Youngkin anti-vax

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McAuliffe raised money from donor who funded anti-vax effort, mistakenly calls Youngkin anti-vax

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Terry McAuliffe repeatedly and mistakenly called his gubernatorial opponent, Republican Glenn Youngkin, “anti-vax,” but the former governor of Virginia raked in tens of thousands of dollars from a donor who funded an anti-vax effort, according to campaign fundraising records.

Albert Dwoskin, a real estate developer who funded an institute that pushed vaccine conspiracy theories, provided the McAuliffe campaign with travel expenses worth $ 53,400 in the form of in-kind contributions, or property or non-monetary services, Virginia show campaign fundraising records.

Dwoskin also donated $ 27,500 in cash to the campaign this cycle and sent $ 10,000 to McAuliffe’s Common Good VA PAC in 2020. The PAC injected nearly $ 1.6 million into McAuliffe’s campaign coffers in December, according to the documents.

But as McAuliffe racked up Dwoskin’s donations ahead of the deadlocked Nov. 2 election, he simultaneously described Youngkin as opposing coronavirus vaccines.

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Political activist Stacey Abrams, left, waves to the crowd with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe at a rally in Norfolk, Virginia.
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“Glenn Youngkin is an anti-vaxxer,” McAuliffe said in an interview with WLJA in October. The Democrat has repeatedly claimed during the election campaign that Youngkin is opposed to vaccines.

Youngkin, however, received the vaccine and urged Virginians to do the same. Youngkin instead opposes coronavirus vaccine mandates.

McAuliffe’s ties to Dwoskin go back many years. In 2014, while governor of Virginia, McAuliffe appointed Dwoskin and his then-wife Claire Dwoskin to the George Mason University Visitors Council and the Governor’s Advisory Council on Income Estimates, a reported the Washington Free Beacon.

Ahead of the dates, Claire Dwoskin called the vaccines a “poison holocaust” that harm children. The Dwoskins pushed over $ 50,000 in contributions to McAuliffe’s campaign at the time.

McAuliffe raised money from donor who funded anti-vax effort, mistakenly calls Youngkin anti-vax

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Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, Lieutenant Governor Candidate and Virginia State Delegate Hala Alaya, Former US President Barack Obama and Virginia Democratic Candidate Terry McAuliffe and his wife Dorothy McAuliffe at a rally election for Virginia Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe in Richmond, Virginia. , October 23, 2021. REUTERS / Kevin Lamarque
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Clair Dwoskin established the Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute in 2013, and her husband funded the business through the Dwoskin Family Foundation, the couple’s private foundation. She shut down the institute when the couple broke up in 2018, and Albert Dwoskin said he regretted his involvement in the anti-vaccination movement, the Daily Beast reported in 2019.

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The institute has regularly pushed debunking theories about the potential dangers of giving vaccines to children, including the idea that vaccines can lead to autism in adolescents. The institute also funded anti-vaccine initiatives and a movie called “The Greater Good,” which pushed conspiracy theories on vaccines.

Joseph Mercola, a controversial doctor and one of the country’s most prominent anti-vaccines, promoted the film. The Dwoskin Institute has also amplified Mercola’s work.

McAuliffe raised money from donor who funded anti-vax effort, mistakenly calls Youngkin anti-vax

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President Biden and Virginia Democratic candidate for governor Terry McAuliffe interact on stage during a rally in Arlington, Va. On October 26, 2021.
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Additionally, the Dwoskins have provided money to other anti-vaccination groups through their private foundation, including the National Vaccine Information Center, according to tax forms.

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The institute’s mission was to support “research to further explore and understand the adverse effects of vaccines” at the time of donations, according to tax documents.

Neither McAuliffe’s campaign nor Dwoskin responded to a Fox News request for comment.

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