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

Adrian Tymes atymes at gmail.com
Mon Aug 8 17:56:13 UTC 2011

On Fri, Aug 5, 2011 at 1:40 AM, BillK <pharos at gmail.com> wrote:
> Sometimes, as in all messy human affairs, a valid grassroots campaign
> will throw in a bit of astroturfing to help their campaign. Like
> flooding newspapers or congressmen with similar readers letters using
> many different fake names, so as to appear to have more public support
> than they actually have.

I wonder if any such group has resorted to programmable auto-pens, so as
to create "hand-written" letters in a number of fonts from people who don't
actually exist (or - though this strays into clearly illegal forgery - who do,
but can't be bothered to have a political opinion)?  Real hand-written letters
supposedly trump all other forms of written communication to legislative
members in the US (Congress and state), because they are believed to
take more effort to create.

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