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PAC spending $1 million to counter Internet attacks on Clinton

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Eric DuVall
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally in New York City on Tuesday. A group supporting her campaign says it will spend $1 million to create a real-time online task force to counter attacks against Clinton online. Photo by Dennis Van Tine/UPI
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally in New York City on Tuesday. A group supporting her campaign says it will spend $1 million to create a real-time online task force to counter attacks against Clinton online. Photo by Dennis Van Tine/UPI | License Photo

WASHINGTON, April 22 (UPI) -- A super PAC supporting Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is organizing a $1 million task force to combat negative attacks against her online.

Correct the Record, a Clinton-aligned super PAC, announced Friday it will create the "Barrier Breakers 2016" task force, comprised of Internet-savvy Clinton supporters and volunteers whose job it will be to counter attacks against the Democratic front-runner online through the primary and into the general election.

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In a press release, the group said it has directly addressed more than 5,000 individuals online who have "personally attacked" Clinton on Twitter. The group singled out "Bernie Bros" whose criticism they say stems from their support for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

"Lessons learned from online engagement with 'Bernie Bros' during the Democratic primary will be applied to the rest of the primary season and general election — responding quickly and forcefully to negative attacks and false narratives," the group said. "Additionally, as the general election approaches, the task force will begin to push out information to Sanders supporters online, encouraging them to support Hillary Clinton."

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The group has also created a series of inspirational and informational web-friendly graphics for Clinton supporters to share on social media.

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The effort is reminiscent of one created by Barack Obama's campaign in 2008 to refute incorrect statements about the then-senator's birthplace and religion that continually popped up online. Insinuations and doctored photos of Obama were common in the 2008 campaign, leading to the so-called "birther" movement, members of which claimed Obama was really born in Kenya and was not an American citizen.

Correct the Record said it would divert $1 million from its war chest to fund the "Barrier Breakers" task force.

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