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While The Can Kicks Back goes Broke, its Campus Recruiting Plan is a Complete Failure (Documented)

Politicos around the country are having a hearty chortle at the ham-handed in which the fake grassroots political corporation called “The Can Kicks Back” accidentally released e-mail conversations revealing that it is A) indeed the funded creature of pro-corporate billionaire Pete Peterson and B) is going broke now that the original Pete Peterson funding stream has been cut off.

But the demise of The Can Kicks Back is not just a budgetary failure. The group, which took geezer billionaire cash to set up a fake youth-for-taxing-the-poor-giving-corporations-a-break-and-destroying-social-security social movement, didn’t just fail to keep its books balanced. It also failed to meet its own goals for attracting actual young people to its soulless cause.

In 2012, the Peterson-propped staff of The Can Kicks Back thought that it would be able to convince the youth of America to rally to its corporate America’s cause. The Campus Program plan is still declared on The Can Kicks Back’s own website:

The Campus Program of The Can Kicks Back envisions having a presence on at least 300 college campuses across the country by the end of the spring semester in 2013. It all starts with one student, stepping up and speaking out as TCKB’s Campus Leader. These leaders are charged with serving as a point of contact for our campaign, organizing volunteers on their campus and managing the campaign locally.

Below you will find a list of our current Campus Chapters.

Last year, I decided to track the Campus Chapters of The Can Kicks Back.

In April 2013, there were 52 college campus chapters listed by The Can Kicks Back; but thanks to the “Nationbuilder” software used by TCKB staff to run the Chapter system, I was able to verify that only 10 chapters had done anything more than sign up to create an account and a recruitment page. A mere 10 active chapters out of the goal of “at least 300″ by the end of Spring Semester 2013.

The summer of 2013 didn’t see The Can Kicks Back do much better. By August 2013, The Can Kicks Back had nominally recruited two more campuses to be on its list, and by that time only 12 chapters had done anything more than sign up to create an account and a recruitment page — still far, far short of the goal of 300.

How is The Can Kicks Back doing today with its Campus Chapters program? Dismally. There are still only 54 chapters listed as having signed up with TCKB — that means no new signups in the past six months. Still only 12 chapters had done anything more than sign up to create an account and a recruitment page — still far, far short of the goal of 300. Not one piece of activity has been registered since the Summer of 2013 in The Can Kicks Back’s Campus Chapters system.

The Can Kicks Back may be running out of money just now… but the actual youth of America who were supposed to flock to its message turned their backs on the front group long, long ago. Co-Founders Nick Troiano and Ryan Schoenike (both longtime individual beneficiaries of the Pete Peterson training system) can add another “centrist” failure to their increasingly long list — a failure with both budgetary and substantive dimensions.

4 comments to While The Can Kicks Back goes Broke, its Campus Recruiting Plan is a Complete Failure (Documented)

  • Tor

    Is that Solomon Kleinsmith dude still involved with all this “centrist” stuff? What’s been up with him? He used to whine in these comment threads a lot.

  • Jim Cook

    He appears to have moved on to the silliness of “search engine optimization”.

    • Bill

      Kleinsmith appears to be even less persuasive as “Omaha’s leading SEO expert” than he was as a Wall Street shill. From his personal profile on his SEO site: (sic) “I taught myself how build websites for local grassroots and community groups he was involved with, and by getting into blogging [….] I already knew a good portion of what I learned”

  • Bill

    Jim, thanks so much; I had missed that Politico story. I think I had a mini-orgasm reading it; nothing is much more fun than watching cynical astroturfers incompetently pulling their pants down in public without even knowing it. These are the same fine folks who burned through millions of billionaire dollars failing to deliver “the kids” to Americans Elect, now having burned through umpteen billionaire dollars failing to deliver “the kids” to Simpson and Bowles. I guess we actually owe them our thanks…if they hadn’t blown that money, someone else might have achieved something unfortunate with it. If things keep going this way for them, these guys are going to have to get Real Jobs someday…like being minor league mascots dressed up in funny foam suits. “Uh-hyuk! Gorsh!”

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