Evangelist’s “In Crowd” In the White House

After decades of networking with AIDS researchers and policymakers to promote abstinence-only sex ed, evangelical activist Shepherd Smith’s “in crowd” of religious conservatives is infiltrating the White House and holding the purse strings on AIDS policy, according to a Kaiser Health News investigation.

Among Smith's White House recommendations was Robert Redfield, his long-time associate—and now the CDC chief, overseeing one of the agencies that funds PEPFAR. Smith's wife also consults for PEPFAR. 

“It’s not rocket science,” said Smith. “We figured out a plan for our message to become important.”

Kaiser Health News

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