A Joe Biden-boosting social media influencer known as “Brooklyn Dad Defiant” came under fire Wednesday for reportedly failing to disclose that he accepted tens of thousands of dollars from a Democratic political action committee.
Majid Padellan, who runs the nearly 900,000-follower-strong Twitter account — and has been slammed previously for urging Bernie Sanders to drop out of the 2020 presidential race — allegedly accepted more than $57,000 from the pro-Biden PAC, Really American, last year, according to Refinery29.com, which cited tweets circulating Tuesday.
In his Twitter bio, Padellan says that he’s a senior advisor to the PAC — but followers slammed him for failing to admit that he allegedly got paid to post pro-Biden opinions and theories, according to the outlet.
“Brooklyn Dad being a paid Dem op is pretty unsurprising, it absolutely does pay to have/promote sh-ty political opinions in America,” one user tweeted.
Another added, “There’s a difference between acknowledging you’re a senior advisor to a PAC and disclosing that you’re being paid to influence American voters on social media. Every tweet & the profile should include a *Paid Advertisement disclaimer.”
In recent months, Padellan has frequently tweeted his support of the Biden administration and defended the president from criticism of policies and moves ranging from the rollout of stimulus checks to the fact that he hasn’t yet held a solo press conference.
He is also known for tweets bashing Donald Trump and the GOP, and one that discredited Tara Reade’s allegations of sexual assault against Biden last year.
Other Twitter users defended him, saying public figures and influencers often get paid to promote content on social media.
“Am I the only one who doesn’t give a sh-t if Brooklyn Dad (and all the others on both sides of the fence) get paid to share their opinions?” one user wrote. “Isn’t that the goal of all influencers?”
But social media influencers generally disclose when they’re getting paid to promote a product or service, other observers said.
It wasn’t immediately clear if Padellan was directly paid to post positive tweets about Biden. He didn’t immediately return the Post’s requests for comment Wednesday.