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Now Running On CNN

Karl Rove’s astroturf group American Crossroads has been running the below anti-union ad for about a week. Note the clever way they excise the speech of an NEA spokesman.

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WISCONSIN: Blogger Claims To Have Called Gov While Posing As David Koch

Mother Jones reports that New York-based journalist/blogger Ian Murphy claims to have had a 20-minute phone conversation with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker while posing as billionaire Tea Party kingpin David Koch. The Koch brothers were major backers of Walker’s campaign and are known to have donated millions to astroturf groups posing as ordinary citizens. According to the audio, Walker told …

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WISCONSIN: Billionaire Teabagger Koch Brothers Behind Union Busting

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Rachel Maddow: Tea Party Express Is A Secret GOP-Funded Astroturf Group

And she hands CNN their heads for airing Bachmann’s speech.

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Health Insurance Lobby Gave $86M To Fight Health Care Reform

A coalition of insurance companies donated over $86M to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to fight the passage of health care reform. The Chamber is notoriously run by GOP-insiders. The spending exceeded the insurer group’s entire budget from a year earlier and accounted for 40 percent of the Chamber’s $214.6 million in 2009 spending. The expenditures reflect the insurers’ attempts …

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Rachel Maddow On The Billionaires Funding The Tea Party Movement

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Harry Reid Astroturfs Sharron Angle

Nevada local television covered a group of senior citizens calling themselves the Alliance For Retired Americans as they protested outside the campaign headquarters of teabagger loon Sharron Angle. But the group’s “spokesman” is actually Richard Miller, the head of Reid’s Southern Nevada Steering Committee. I guess they thought those terrible handmade signs made them look all for realz and shit.

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Astroturfers Fight NY Gov. Paterson’s Proposed Beverage Tax

NY Gov. David Paterson’s controversial beverage tax, which is meant to fight obesity (and help balance the budget), is facing vigorous opposition from soft drink manufacturers. The astroturf group New Yorkers Against Unfair Taxes has been running the below ad on NYC television every hour for the last few days. The proposed tax is one cent per ounce of sugared …

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Insurance Companies Paying Facebookers To Oppose Health Care Reform

Insurance companies have been busted paying Facebook members in virtual currency in return for sending their Congress members an email opposing health care reform. Facebook users play a social game, like “FarmVille” or “Friends For Sale.” They get addicted to it. Eager to accelerate their progress inside the game, the gamers buy “virtual goods” such as a machine gun for …

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Astroturfistan: Maddow Rips President Of “Americans For Prosperity”

Last night Rachel Maddow tore into the president of the anti-Obama astroturf group Americans For Prosperity, who refused to say where his funding really comes from.

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Rachel Maddow Takes On Astroturf Kingpin Rick Berman

And he actually sits there and defends his industry-backed websites which say that mercury in fish is OK for you, transfats UNclog your arteries, high fructose corn syrup isn’t fattening, and on and on.

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Maddow: Racist Nightmare On K Street

Rachel Maddow tips us to ResistNet.com, a racist GOP-astroturf group that is organizing against health care reform.

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Maddow On Astroturf Anti-Reform Group Americans For Prosperity

Americans For Prosperity is an astroturf organization, one that poses as being comprised of “grassroots” individuals, but is actually largely funded by corporations opposed to reforms that would hurt their profitability.

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Maddow On Fake Protesters

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The Astroturf Tea Party

Playboy Magazine, of all sources, is claiming that this weekend’s “tea party” anti-Obama rallies around the nation were not, in fact, a spontaneous burst of grassroots outrage prompted by CNBC host Rick Santelli’s viral YouTube clip, but were actually a carefully plotted campaign planned months ago. What hasn’t been reported until now is evidence linking Santelli’s “tea party” rant with …

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