ASTROTURFING: FAKE GRASSROOTS ORGS OR FRONT GROUPS Funded By Vested Interests To Create False Impression That General Population Favors Or Disfavors Proposed Initiatives or Political Candidates! “Americans Against Food Taxes”, “NRA”! Not All Of The Members Of Those “Grassroots” Org. Are EVIL CAPITALISTS; Most Of Rank & File Are Simply Simple Gullible Sheep, Who Are Being Manipulated Without Their Knowledge! But Some Of Fakes Have Zero Members! In The 1950s We Called It “Brain Washing”. Just Remember, If You See An Org You Don’t Know Running Expensive TV Ads, Somebody BIG Is Paying For Them! Always Check At Bottom To See Name Of Group Financing That TV Ad!

 

If you can’t read the fine print in Images,

Click once on that Image to get enlarged Image!

 


http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Front_groups

 


http://www.naturalnews.com/033453_psychiatry_front_groups.html


Tabacco: We cannot choose our own “Bed Partners”, but we can chose not to join Astroturfing Political Scam Organizations, whose only purpose is preserving their own product sales or indefensible political positions!

 

Yes, I oppose REGRESSIVE FOOD TAXES as I oppose ALL REGRESSIVE TAXATION! However, I would never join such an OBVIOUS AstroTurfing organization as AMERICANS AGAINST FOOD TAXES because I would not lend my aid and comfort to the ENEMY!

 

I would not join the KKK if I began a “Back To Africa Movement” just because the KKK would support such a move for Blacks also.



http://www.commoncause.org/site/pp.asp?c=dkLNK1MQIwG&b=1499059

Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing:

Telecom Industry Front Groups and Astroturf

As consumer demand for high-tech services grows, billions of dollars are at stake for telecommunications companies.  Much of the battle is being waged in the halls of Congress right now, where our representatives are considering an overhaul of the 1996 Telecommunications Act.

 

Cable, telephone and Internet industry giants are fiercely lobbying, using every tool at their disposal to gain a competitive advantage in telecom reform legislation.  Some of those tools are easy to spot – campaign contributions, television ads that run only inside the Beltway, and meetings with influential members of Congress.  Other tactics are more insidious.

 

One of the underhanded tactics increasingly being used by telecom companies is “Astroturf lobbying” — creating front groups that try to mimic true grassroots, but that are all about corporate money, not citizen power.  Astroturf lobbying is hardly a new approach.  Senator Lloyd Bentsen is credited with coining the term in the 1980s to describe corporations’ big-money efforts to put fake grassroots pressure on Congress. [1] Astroturf campaigns generally claim to represent huge numbers of citizens, but in reality their public support is minimal or nonexistent. [2]

 

Another industry approach is to fund “think tanks” and nonprofit groups with innocuous sounding names to write reports and policy papers.  These groups accept subsidies or grants from corporate interests to lobby or produce research when they normally might not, but too often fail to disclose the connection between their policy positions and their bank accounts.  (This is not true of all industry-friendly think tanks; some, like the Progress and Freedom Foundation, disclose supporters on their websites.)

 

These sorts of campaigns are dangerous for our democracy.  They deliberately mislead citizens, and they deliberately mislead our lawmakers, who are already charged with the difficult task of making sense of complex telecommunications policies.  Corporations that already have significant economic clout and influence are trying to co-opt the voices of everyday citizens and think tanks, and use them to their own advantage.  In the end, that practice dilutes the power of true grassroots and nonprofit advocacy.

 

This report attempts to shine a light on some of the telecom industry’s devious Astroturf campaigns, as well as their funding of think tanks for “research” that supports the industry’s agenda.  Because there is so little disclosure in this area, it is difficult to get all the information necessary to issue a comprehensive report.  But we have uncovered nine groups that represent a range of Astroturf and front group strategies employed by the telecom giants.

 

These corporate-backed groups are shamelessly working to convince Congress that there is widespread public and scholarly support for their policy proposals.  Unfortunately, almost all of the debate over telecom reform is happening between telephone, cable and Internet industry interests.  But it’s not just dollars and cents that are at stake: It’s also the ability of citizens to speak, to be heard, to have access to the information they need to govern themselves.

 

That’s why it is so critical that citizens – the real grassroots, not industry Astroturf – have their voices heard on telecom issues.  When Congress wrote the 1996 Telecommunications Act, only corporate stakeholders had a seat at the table.  The result was a law that gave us less competition, higher prices and more concentrated media.  This time around we must make sure that our lawmakers understand that the public interest is more important than telecom companies’ bottom lines.

 

Telecom Front Groups & Astroturfers


Footnotes:

[1] Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “Astroturf: Interest Group Lobbying and Corporate Strategy,” Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, Winter 2004: 563.  Back to report.

 

[2] Ibid, 573.

 

Tabacco: Remember this Article emanates for 2006; lots of New Astroturf Groups have formed since then, paid for and controlled by Organizations, whose Goals are contrary to the Public Good and supported by Ignorant and/or Desperate Rank & File!

 

To read Posts about Charter Schools, go to:

http://tabacco.t-a-b-a-c-c-o.org/?p=2443

http://wyandanch.t-a-b-a-c-c-o.org/?p=1040

http://tabacco.t-a-b-a-c-c-o.org/?p=2533

 

SLIGHT VARIATIONS TO

ASTROTURFING PRINCIPLE

 

I – VNRs (Video News Releases) currently under preparation to publish: When Corporate Entities pay for TV News Operations in MSM to fabricate a ‘News Story’ that really isn’t a News Story but a veiled ADVERTISEMENT! When you see your favorite Anchors promoting a “New Discovery” or “New Invention”, you presume it is just NEWS!

WRONG!

It’s an Ad (comparable to Subliminal Video) You have no idea that the Manufacturer of the “product” or “discovery” has paid for the Deceptive Ad, and the presence of news Anchors gives the Ad unwarranted credibility!

 

II – Anti-Smoke Free Lobbyists, Who actually represent Tabacco Corporatists

 

 

III – Frequently I spot unabashed TV Commercials with character actors pretending to be just ‘Regular Guys’, who adore the product in that Ad. If you are a Fan of older films, you may have spotted them too! They are PAID for their Endorsements! Tabacco refers to these ‘paid actors’ pretending to be ‘Regular Guys’ in TV Ads as ‘JUDAS GOATS’ because that’s what they are! Actors want their 30-pieces of Silver too!

 

 

 

CURRENT/RECENT ORGANIZED

ASTROTURFING DECEITS!

 

A – Political Astroturfing (including Tea Party)

 

B – Charter (Privatized) Schools Astroturfing

 

C – ObamaCare Astroturfing By Medical Insurance Companies (United Healthcare etal.), which paid those ‘Grassroots’ Supporters To Protest at Town Hall Meetings

 

D – “FairTax” Astroturfing By Taxation Judas Goats

 

E – Telemarketing “Polls” Paid For By GOP, Designed To Exploit Public Disenchantment With Democratic Incumbents And Their “Accepted” Failures Of Management Vs. Republican Incumbents With Little Or No Track Record To Impugn

 

F – Scientology Astroturfing (If Scientology Is A Valid Religion, Then Astrology Is A Valid Science!)

 

G – Psycho-Pharma Astroturfing

 

H – NRA: Do you really believe that NRA represents ‘Gun Owners’ rather than GUN SELLERS? Did you expect NRA VP to recommend anything other than BUYING MORE GUNS in response to Violence/Murders in Public Schools! All, who support NRA, please go stand in ‘SUCKERS ONLY’ LINE!

 

I – Food Industry Astroturfing

 

J – Hate Group Astroturfing (including Republican Party, Tea Party, Art Pope of N.C. & Koch Brothers)

 

K – Telecomm Astroturfing

 

O – There is a List of Communist Front Orgs in USA, but I will NOT be a Party to that Astroturfing Agenda. If you want to view that, go look it up yourself. By now all my Readers know that it is SOCIALISM, NOT COMMUNISM, which drives Capitalists CRAZY! That may be the Original Astroturfing Endeavor!

 

Focused Articles exposing all of these forms of Astroturfing have either been published here or are in the processing as you read this!


SPECIFIC EXAMPLES TODAY

B – Charter (Privatized) Schools Astroturfing


http://dianeravitch.net/2014/10/18/mercedes-schneider-who-funded-families-for-excellent-schools/

Tabacco: SOMEBODY has to PUT UP THE MONEY for all those EXPENSIVE ADS! Want to bet it IS NOT the families of those poor/middling Black kids in the Ads! Big Money always comes from BIG INVESTORS!

 

 

F – Scientology Astroturfing (If Scientology Is A Valid Religion, Then Astrology Is A Valid Science!)


http://www.lermanet.com/frontgroups.html

Tabacco: Tom Cruise is an Idiot! Scientology makes big bucks from him because he confessed his Homosexuality to them, and now they BLACKMAIL him with that knowledge! Duh!

 

 

II – Anti-Smoke Free Ordinance Lobbyists, Who actually represent Tabacco Corporatists


http://no-smoke.org/getthefacts.php?id=62

Tabacco: Did you truly believe ‘Nonsmokers’ had joined together and spent their hard earned dollars to finance well-healed Anti-Smoke Free Ordinances, which benefit the TABACCO COMPANIES!

 

 

I – Food Industry Astroturfing


To view entire .pdf above, click on following URL:

http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/files/front_groups_final_84531.pdf

 

 

D – “FairTax” Astroturfing By Taxation Judas Goats


Regressive Taxes include all SALES TAX, FLAT TAX, and any Tax that applies to ALL EQUALLY regardless of their INCOME!

 

If your family makes $30,000 per annum and you spend $200 annually on milk, that expense to you is a lot larger than it is to Donald Trump, who makes Hundred$ of Million$ per annum. That’s why Rich Folk want FairTax (National Sales Tax) instead of the Graduated Income Tax, based on Income, not Purchases.

 

Incidentally, Rich Folk can save a lot more than Average Joes, which means they pay Taxes on only a Fraction of their Yearly Income! The Unspent Part is TAX FREE!

 

A – Political Astroturfing (including Tea Party)

List Of Koch Brothers’ Front Groups (These 2 Are Busy Little Beavers) Kochs do a lot more than just Hate Group Astroturfing!


https://thecentristword.wordpress.com/2012/04/28/is-it-a-koch-brothers-front-group-find-out-here/

The Koch Brothers have been busy little bees over the past decade.  Below is a list of Koch Brother front organizations.  Each one of these organizations (in its own way) has the goal of weakening the ability of the government to protect your health, the environment, your rights as a citizen and your voice in our democracy.  They do this for one reason – without these protections, corporations can do as they please and can profit at your expense.

 

As you read down the list, you will notice some classic Orwellian names.  For example, Citizens for the Environment was a spinoff front group created in 1990 by Citizens for a Sound Economy.  “Citizens for the Environment” called acid rain and other environmental problems “myths”. When the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette investigated the group, it discovered that the spinoff group had “no citizen membership of its own”.

Now that’s HARDCORE ASTROTURFING

(“no citizen membership of its own”)!

 

Be sure to click on the URL above! I wouldn’t want you to miss any of the Astroturfs, funded by the Koch Brothers! The ‘John Birch Society’ – are you serious!


Tabacco: I consider myself both a funnel and a filter. I funnel information, not readily available on the Mass Media, which is ignored and/or suppressed. I filter out the irrelevancies and trivialities to save both the time and effort of my Readers and bring consternation to the enemies of Truth & Fairness! When you read Tabacco, if you don’t learn something NEW, I’ve wasted your time.

 

 

If Tabacco is talking about a subject that nobody else is discussing, it means that subject is more, not less important, and the Powers-That-Be are deliberately avoiding that Issue. To presume otherwise completely defeats my purpose in blogging.

 

 

Tabacco is not a blogger, who thinks; I am a Thinker, who blogs. Speaking Truth to Power!

 

In 1981′s ‘Body Heat’, Kathleen Turner said, “Knowledge is power”.


T.A.B.A.C.C.O.  (Truth About Business And Congressional Crimes Organization) – Think Tank For Other 95% Of World: WTP = We The People


 

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  1. admin says:

    WHEN INDIVIDUALS ACQUIRE TOO MUCH POWER & TOO MUCH MONEY!

    America, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Ghana & all other Capitalist countries have home-grown ‘California Redwoods’ (Art Pope, Koch Brothers, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud, Rupert Murdoch), who are the ‘Richest Men’ in their respective countries.

    When men acquire too much POWER and too much MONEY, they generally do EVIL THINGS! And those EVILS generally OPPRESS those with the LEAST AMOUNT OF POWER & MONEY!

    Why don’t they OPPRESS EACH OTHER! 19th & 20th centuries, maybe! 21st century, they oppress the WEAKEST!

    That’s why UNFETTERED CAPITALISM MUST END!

    FDR had the right idea: $25,000 Cap/ everything over that amount taxed at 94%!

    There is an Adage, which covers this Problem precisely:

    “Power corrupts; Absolute Power corrupts Absolutely!”

    Tabacco

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