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Anti-Republican Group Wants To Raise $300,000 For Billboards In Florida That Say ‘GAY’

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Southern Progress, a political action committee opposing Republican politicians in southern states, is attempting to raise $300,000 to place advertisements throughout Florida protesting legislation critics call the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

The ad campaign features billboards and other signs that simply say “GAY” or “SAY GAY” and targets the Parental Rights in Education bill recently passed by the Florida legislature. If signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, the bill would ban classroom lessons on sexuality and gender identity for children in kindergarten through third grade and require those subjects to be taught in an age-appropriate manner to students in the fourth grade and older.

Opponents of the bill have called the legislation the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, with White House press secretary Jen Psaki characterizing the bill as “discriminatory,” “horrific” and “a form of bullying.”

The Southern Progress ads, that will appear on billboards and on the tops of vehicles, say either “GAY” or “SAY GAY” in large text, according to the project’s fundraising page. The project was also promoted by MeidasTouch, a Democrat-linked political action committee that claimed to be partnering with Southern Progress.

Southern Progress describes its mission as to “speak truth to power and expose the extremist agenda of Republican politicians that seek power for themselves while trampling on the rights of the people they claim to represent.” The group has endorsed several Democratic candidates in southern states, including Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, Louisiana Senate candidate Gary Chambers, and Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke.

Southern Progress said it was approved by billboard and media vendors for advertising space that, if bought, would exceed $300,000 over the next four weeks, according to the group’s fundraising page.

“Please chip in whatever you can to help us maximize this ad buy and turn the attacks from Ron DeSantis and Florida Republicans upside down on their heads,” the fundraising page says. (RELATED: ‘They Don’t Say A Word’: DeSantis Slams Disney’s Opposition To Florida Bill)

Southern Progress and MeidasTouch did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s requests for comment.

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