Newly released Facebook ads from Russian troll farm Internet Research Agency show that the Kremlin-linked firm used Colorado’s Masterpiece Cakeshop lawsuit as a wedge issue to drive online social division in advance of the 2016 election.
UPDATE: Alliance Defending Freedom and Colorado Christian University’s Centennial Institute requested a clarification that CCU was the organizer of the event and that it invited Alliance Defending Freedom. The post has been updated to reflect the Centennial Institute’s role as organizing entity. The source for the original assertion was ADF’s Facebook event page, which says: “Hosted by Jeff Hunt, Centennial Institute, Alliance Defending Freedom,” as well as CCU’s website, “Join Jack Phillips, Colorado Christian University, Alliance Defending Freedom, and faith leaders from around Colorado for a rally.”
The conservative group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which has been spotlighted as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, recently sought donations on Facebook for its legal defense of Jack Phillips, the Lakewood baker who violated Colorado law for refusing to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple.