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David Walker for President: The People, The Connections

Five names have emerged in the leadership of The Committee to Get Walker Running, an entity at draftwalker.com that yesterday morning was nothing but a splash page…

…but which by yesterday afternoon was being used to vigorously (and with non-disclosed funding) promote the candidacy of David Walker for President of the United States via [...]

Breaking News: Americans Elect Leader thinks Americans Elect is a Great Idea

In its latest piece of press release “news,” the 501c4 corporation to nominate a presidential candidate called Americans Elect shares the considered analysis of one Mark McKinnon, described by Americans Elect as a “Columnist” and a “political media strategist”:

But the way we find our leaders is an unpredictable thing, says political media strategist Mark [...]

Grassroots vs. “Grassroots”: Americans Elect Orlando and Occupy Orlando

Item, September 27 2011: Americans Elect Chief Executive Officer Kahlil Byrd and Chief Operating Officer Elliot Ackerman travel to Orlando, Florida to personally recruit citizens to start a local branch movement. Three people sign up that day. None sign up since. The Americans Elect meetup for Orlando advertises 18 members for its chapter. Of those [...]

Americans Elect Corporation names itself a Grassroots Movement, embraces “Moderate” Ideological Label

On September 23, Americans Elect posted a new web page in which it declares itself to be a “nationwide grassroots movement” and promotes a video of Americans Elect activity in Portland, Oregon as a message that “explains Americans Elect clearly and simply.”

“Moderate,” meet “No Ideology.” “No Ideology,” meet “Moderate.” The clear and simple [...]

Is Tea Party a PR Astroturf machine or a smattering of inactive Grassroots groups? The answer is Yes.

After a dogged and systematic effort to contact and characterize every Tea Party group in the nation, the Washington Post publishes an exposé this morning. Its findings:

The characterization of the Tea Party brand as a creation of political public relations professionals is accurate. If you look at the largest groups making the greatest impact, [...]

Republican Rolling Astroturf Tour Comes to Maine Courtesy of Koch and 60 Plus

In covering the “Spending Revolt” bus tour that drove through the city of Bangor yesterday, Christopher Cousins only told half the story: that this political rally on wheels attracted a meager knot of 25 onlookers. Cousins didn’t tell readers why such the big bus tour could attract media fuss but so hardly any actual people.

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Coda to the Bill Richardson for President “Grassroots” PR Machine

Back in 2007, when J. Clifford mused that a “grassroots” Zanby group expressing fanboy love for presidential candidate Bill Richardson seemed like the PR move of a campaign insider or someone who was angling to be hired for the campaign, Jeff Gulko protested and demanded that such musings be removed. Jeff Gulko worked for the [...]

Whose Hands Do You Want On Your Health Care?

The President of Americans for Prosperity is Tim Phillips, who previously worked at Century Strategies, a company that helped lobbyist Jack Abramoff launder money to bribe legislators with. Do you want their hands on your health care? [...]

ACU: Conservatism Bought Off By Corporations, Literally

The American Conservative Union is one of the oldest, most stolid conservative political organizations in the United States. Its annual rankings of members of Congress are widely anticipated and reported by mainstream political journalists, and its conferences and meetings receive significant, often live, coverage by TV news networks. ACU staffers write columns setting the political [...]