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Why Are The 1 Percent Powering The Other 98%?

Perusing the FEC records of recent independent expenditures for political campaigns in congressional elections, I came across a curious note about a pair of expenditures in opposition to David Jolly, a Republican seeking to replace the deceased Congressman Bill Young down in Florida. The group that made the expenditures, for radio advertisements, was called Friends [...]

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 [...]

The Can Kicks Back Promises to Send Your Can to Capitol Hill: Will It?

“The Can Kicks Back” calls itself a a social movement of young people who all just happened to decide on their own last year to kick-start a young movement of young people burning to tax poor people more, tax corporations less, and slash social programs.

If you believe that “movement” is real, I’ve got [...]

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 [...]

No Labels Astroturf Machinery Powers Up for a 6th Round of Fake Letters

“Astroturfing” is the use of various means to create the appearance of grassroots support for an organization or idea when no actual grassroots support exists. Astroturfing takes money, typically making it a tool of some elite group. Sometimes the goal is to get conformist everyday citizens to jump on a fake bandwagon for an unpopular [...]

Despite Mega Media Connections, The Can Kicks Back “Viral” Video Can’t Actually Go Viral

The Can Kicks Back is an paper-front organization that describes itself to the public as a “grassroots” campaign of “Millenials” but was actually started by a core group of rich old white men. It acts as if it is independent but actually occupies the office space held by “The Campaign To Fix The Debt” and [...]

Hilarious: Two “Grassroots” Pete Peterson Groups Fluffing for Each Other in Front of the NYSE

Oh, the follies of billionaires.

Last week, an organization called The Can Kicks Back posted the following to its Facebook page:

The silly geese. How surprised can “The Can Kicks Back” be about the activities of “Fix the Debt” when the two organizations share the very same DC Beltway office suite? You can write [...]

No Labels/Draft Walker/Peterson Clone Corp called The Can Kicks Back is Coming… Track It

Calling itself a “movement” of “millenials,” a website called The Can Kicks Back (TKCB) hasn’t yet made a public launch, but it is already at work behind the scenes to set up its organizational infrastructure.

Oddly enough, in a posting on a jobs board TKCB Communications Director Jake Parent reveals that it is anything but [...]

Who’s to Blame for the useless Americans Elect website? Blame LBi (and an Imaginary Friend)

Remember Americans Elect, the first-ever corporate effort to run a privatized, top-down, board-run online presidential nomination? Well, John Lumea finds the agency and one of the people at that agency to blame for the broken-down, no-good, can’t-register, won’t-verify-my-identity, no-comments-allowed, no-discussion-permitted, won’t respond-to-contact, community-devoid, records-gapped, official-rules-violating, bizarre-candidate-ranking, internally-contradictory Americans Elect website. Lumea’s Facebook post:

Americans Elect [...]

Draft Walker Fever Ran Cold: Independent Expenditure Committee Reports No Expenditures

On the very first day the Committee to Get Walker Running announced its existence to the public, the DC beltway publication Politico declared: “Walker Fever: It’s Spreading.” The basis for author Alexander Burns’ diagnosis of a “fever” for David Walker as an Americans Elect presidential candidate was the emergence of the Committee with Yoni Gruskin [...]