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Grassroots? Maine No Labels "ConnectUs" Forum is Busy… With Spam

In the summer of 2012, the DC Beltway corporation No Labels tried to create the appearance of a grassroots movement sweeping across the country in support of tax cuts for corporations and social security cuts for people. Its tool: ConnectUs, a social network platform on which people could earn points by talking about the necessity of cuts to programs that help people, or by signing up other people to learn about the same. As I noted in the fall of 2012, despite the deployment of interns to create the appearance of activity very few Americans were participating in the No Labels ConnectUs effort.

Nearly a year after its launch, No Labels’ Connectus grassroots page continues to wither. 4 of the 5 most active accounts in the last day haven’t actually posted anything; they appear to be spam accounts with odd, apparently computer-generated names like “tlc064.” The other one of the 5 most active accounts is a spam account, too. It has successfully managed to post a piece of promotional text for a “split second promotional payday loan” linking to the website of a loan shark.

During its ambitious setup period, NoLabels created separate groups for each of the 50 states of the union. After receiving many e-mail messages soliciting my participation in the group for the state of Maine where I live, I joined up last year and have from time to time looked in to see if anything had been going on with the group. There hasn’t been a single substantive post there for more than three months. Since February, the only posts to the Maine group have been automated spam for:

  • car transportation services
  • air conditioning and heating equipment
  • a fraudulent website hosting provider
  • a fake free image source
  • an advisory paper on elder care fraud, for sale
  • a payday advance payment scam
  • another payday advance payment scam

Fakery attracts fakery.

14 thoughts on “Grassroots? Maine No Labels "ConnectUs" Forum is Busy… With Spam”

  1. J. Clifford says:

    Looks like No Labels doesn’t have any grassroots people to volunteer to man the desks. An organization that was more than a P.O. Box account would have staff members or activists willing to screen that spam out.

    1. Jim Cook says:

      J. Clifford,

      Actually, some paid staffer or sub-program did eventually delete each posting of spam — after an e-mail message had been sent out to me as a Maine No Labels member with a copy of the message. No Labels, spam conduit.

  2. Bill says:

    Sounds like they should change the name to RejectUs. Perhaps soon we can finally declare the Great Centrist Astroturf Experiment of the 2010s concluded. Nobody buys it, no matter how much money the plutocrats throw at propping it up. Nothing to see here.

    1. F.G. Fitzer says:

      Oooh, renaming No Labels. I like that idea.

      I propose: Know Stables. (it’s horseshit)

      1. Bill says:

        Mo’ Cradles? (Buncha kids shilling for rich old men)

        1. Bill says:

          Slow Ladles? (cut funding for soup kitchens)

          1. F.G. Fitzer says:

            Glow Play Dough: Eliminating regulation of nuclear power plants is “Centrist”.

        2. Bill says:

          No Mabels? (‘sensible centrism’ seems to be a guy thing)

        3. Bill says:

          Po’ Fables? (as every centrist knows, poverty in America is a myth)

      2. Bill says:

        Grow Gables? (sensible centrists’ answer to the homeless)

        1. F.G. Fitzer says:

          No, they want to Grow Stables… Centrists understand that poor people should be grateful for their straw. Grateful!

  3. Tiradefaction says:

    Well, this is rich. I decided to look up “No Labels” and look what I found

    “Interesting tidbit from No Labels co-founder Mark McKinnon, writing at the British paper The Telegraph. He draws an interesting parallel between how Obama and company have decided to use the closure of White House tours as a way to illustrate the stupidity of the sequester cuts, effectively cutting regular people out of the White House. At the same time, they’re selling access to the President, to the tune of a cool half-million in donations to Obama’s external political action committee: Organizing for Action (formerly Organizing for America… formerly Obama for America):”

    While the complaints are certainly valid, all I can think of in terms of metaphors is “Don’t throw stones in a glass house”….

  4. Ralph says:

    Yeeeah. Solomon Kleinsmith just happening to notice something Mark McKinnon said… Hmmmmm bullshit.

  5. Jim Cook says:

    Update: on Monday May 27, the Maine No Labels ConnectUs group saw a flurry of activity… as an automated bot deposited 10 new pieces of spam. Otherwise, there hasn’t been a peep.

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