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MayDay PAC Tries To Buy Grassroots With David Perelman

The core idea of grassroots activism is that it’s supposed to come from the bottom up, through the spontaneous acts of motivated individual citizens who don’t have much money or other forms of power themselves, but can join together in organizations that they control themselves in order to make change take place.

The MayDay […]

New Verizon TechZine Aims for Millenial Audience While Banning Talk About Surveillance

Patrick Howell O’Neill of DailyDot reveals that telecommunications megacorporation Verizon wants to set up its very own supercool tech news page called “SugarString.” It’s supposed to appeal to “Millenials” and be superslick and popular-like…

… except visitors can’t leave any comments on any of the articles or participate in any active way on the site, […]

As it Becomes Clear Nobody Wants Smith, We Need Smith Quietly Removes Follower Count

“We Need Smith is a movement to support new leaders and new ideas from outside the broken Washington system.”

A movement? From outside the broken Washington system? So says the the Facebook page for the political corporation called We Need Smith.

Anyone who bothers to look a little behind the scenes will quickly figure […]

Fake Grassroots PAC From Maryland Interferes In Michigan Democratic Primary

Lobbyists and corporate PACs dominate the misleadingly named Grassroots Organizing Acting & Leading PAC, which is propping up Ruby Hobbs in his campaign to become the Democratic nominee to the U.S. House of Representatives for Michigan’s 14th district in 2014. […]

Americans for Prosperity Anti-Worker Rally Fizzles with 0.08% Turnout Rate in Pennsylvania

At 12:30 pm today, the billionaire-funded political corporation calling itself “Americans for Prosperity” held a “Paycheck Protection Rally” in the state capitol building in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The theme of the day: workers should stop organizing for better pay and give corporations a break.

If we are to believe what Americans for Properity says about itself, […]

6 Days Before Kickoff, Americans for Prosperity “Grassroots” Rally has 4 Supporters

It’s now 6 days and counting before the billionaire-funded Americans for Prosperity holds its “grassroots movement” rally against worker unions in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Americans for Prosperity says that it has 117,000 activists in the state “taking action every day.” How likely is it that 117,000 activists will show up in Harrisburg on June 4?

If […]

More on The Can Kicks Back Failure: “Youth Tour” by the Numbers

Thanks to an accidental e-mail dump, we know that once billionaire privatizer Peter G. Peterson pulled his funding, the kick-the-old-and-poor front group called “The Can Kicks Back” quickly went bankrupt.

We also know that the plan for The Can Kicks Back to have 300 active campus chapters by the end of Spring 2013 was a […]

Fix The Debt Gets Caught Impersonating a State Senator in Letter to the Editor Fraud

“Fix the Debt,” a front group for billionaire social security privatization fanatic Peter G. Peterson, has been caught red handed by the New Hampshire Alliance for Retired Americans in a case of letter fraud. It seems that a letter to the editor had appeared in the Portsmouth Herald on November 3 in which the author […]

Dueling Funded Mascots and Fibbing Ryan Schoenike — Welcome to Washington, DC

A tip of the hat to Bill for letting me know that on October 31, a “pirate” disrupted a staged “rally” featuring about ten representatives of “The Can Kicks Back” and about ten reporters who’d been summoned to the event. The main spokesperson for the event was paid by billionaire Pete Peterson to dress up […]

Reason #62 not to Sell on CafePress Marketplace: Must You Sell CafePress to your Friends?

For some time now, we have recommended that conscientious Americans stop selling items on the CafePress Marketplace. Why? The online print-on-demand venue takes the image you have created and reserves the right to sell it on sweatshop-made crap — without telling you. Say it three times: “CafePress Marketplace = Sweatshop Crap.” Two more times now […]

Owe No Astroturf Campaign Is Another Peter G. Peterson Failure

While it lectures the rest of us about the proper distribution of resources, Owe No has itself become an emblem of the failed application of resources. […]