[ExI] Astroturf - Is anything 'real' out there?

Richard Loosemore rloosemore at susaro.com
Fri Aug 5 14:30:53 UTC 2011

On 8/4/11 3:11 PM, Kelly Anderson wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 11:07 AM, Richard Loosemore
> <rloosemore at susaro.com>  wrote:
>> On 8/3/11 12:27 AM, Kelly Anderson wrote:
>>> On Tue, Aug 2, 2011 at 3:02 AM, BillK<pharos at gmail.com>   wrote:
>>>> With all these cashroots campaigns, "Follow the money!"  Where does
>>>> their funding come from? Though that can sometimes be very difficult
>>>> to find out.
>>> A rather large number of them can be traced back to George Sorros...
>>> at least the left leaning ones...
>> Laughable.
>> Can you cite your evidence that "a rather large number of" the astroturfing
>> organizations are traceable back to George Soros?
> Sure, in fact it is very easy.
> George Soros And His Open Society Institute gave at least $21,223,500
> To 23 Groups working against President Bush’s Legislative Agenda and
> $5,235,000 to groups that blocked Bush appointees.

Kelly, none of this is evidence for ASTROTURFING.

You gave evidence that Soros funds organizations that attract large 
numbers of REAL supporters, like me -- those are not astroturf, they are 
genuine grassroots organizations in which very large numbers of real 
people believe in a thing and try to do something about it.

Astroturfing is about setting up an organizations to give the *illusion* 
of a large movement of people who support something, but where in fact 
the organization is just a couple of guys, a big name like "American 
People for Jobs and Prosperity" (I made that up: I have no idea if there 
is a real group called that), and expensive radio advertisments.

So, once again you support your claims with smoke and mirrors.

Richard Loosemore

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