Corporate Lobbying Org Disrupts McCaskill Town Hall

by: DaveJ

Tue Jul 28, 2009 at 17:15

A corporate lobbying organization, partly funded by oil and tobacco companies, its leadership implicated in the Abramoff corruption scandal, arranged for an astroturf "demonstration" at a local town hall meeting on health care put on by Senator McCaskill's staff.  

Meanwhile right-wing blogs pretend it is local citizens. (Each word is a separate link.)  The event carries the corporate-lobbyist sponsored "tea party" branding.

Then, of course, Fox gets in the act.

As always, be sure to read and enjoy the comments at the right-wing sites.

Some info:

Americans for Prosperity is led by Tim Phillips, who was a former partner with Ralph Reed's Century Strategies. That organization became well-known when it was revealed in a Senate investigation that convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff was laundering money through Century Strategies and Americans for Tax Reform to oppose legislation that his Indian tribe clients wanted to defeat.

I expect that corporate front groups are arranging for similar disruptions of meetings between members of Congress and their constituents all summer.  They are trying to make it appear that the public is against health care reform.

Meanwhile, have you received the email that is circulating, claiming that the health care plan includes forced euthanasia of seniors to save on costs?

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What a difference (4.00 / 1)
The ongoing coverage of these few hundred tea baggers far exceeds the coverage given to millions of anti-Iraq war protesters.

People might be angry about the loss of jobs and benefits and even the cost of insurance (and groceries and many other items).  The rally looked like a high school football game and not an issue meeting.  I have been to those and the tone , even if loud, lacks the whoops and hollers.

Bogus, folks.  Pure bogus.

I hope this gets publicized (0.00 / 0)
in Mo that these are corporate games.  It likely will hurt them becuase it will piss off McCaskill.  Dumb on their part.

Beat 'em with humor (0.00 / 0)
Call your congressman, wake him up.

I say, Doctor, is there something I can take to remove this belly ache?


David J (0.00 / 0)
Just thought I would out who DaveJ really is.  :-)

(and yes, I'm joking...  I think)

Ouch (0.00 / 0)


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Just to be clear, (0.00 / 0)
It wasn't really a "demonstration" nor a "disruption."  McCaskill's office had arranged for the teabaggers to speak after they had banged on their office windows the week before: . The teabaggers were given the first hour to speak, and then the microphone was opened up to the rest of the audience.  The right-wing is trying to portray it as some kind of "revolt," but McCaskill's office was really trying to "hear the other side" from the beginning.

But you're right about it being astroturf.


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