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How Seth Rich’s Murder Is Being Used To Sell Face Cream

A shadowy network of email vendors with ties to President Trump’s 2016 campaign have reportedly been using fake news stories about the unsolved murder of Democratic staffer Seth Rich to hawk skincare products online.

Ads with catchy titles like ‘Sean Hannity’s Wife Drops Bombshell Amidst Fox News Murder Investigation!’ lure readers to stories that actually promote an “anti-aging cream” with supposedly miraculous results, a Daily Beast investigation has revealed.

Rich was killed in July 2016 in what police believe was a botched mugging. But conspiracy theorists believe Rich’s slaying may have been tied to the explosive hacking of the Democratic National Committee emails by Russian agents.

The ads for Parisian Secret cream were blasted out in an email from the Prosper Group, a digital consultancy group that was worked with the campaigns of Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Governor Scott Walker, among other prominent GOP politicians.

Sean Hannity, alerted of the advertisement, confirmed that it is false, and that his “attorneys are on it.”

The Prosper Group is part of an intricate web of conservative-leaning consultant groups and email that are connected to websites, like DC Statesman, promoting Seth Rich conspiracy theories.

Contact Jesse Bernstein at bernstein@forward.com or on Twitter @__jbernstein

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