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Anti-Romney Protesters Are Paid To Heckle

From BuzzFeed:

A few of the protesters outside Romney’s rally, shortly before filing on to a charter bus parked down the street.

Anti-Romney Protesters Say They’re Paid To Heckle

McKay Coppins
Posted Jun 19, 2012

DeWitt, Mich. — The protesters popping up at Mitt Romney’s rallies throughout Michigan Tuesday look like run-of-the-mill grassroots liberals — they wave signs about "the 99 percent," they chant about the Republican’s greed, and they describe themselves as a loosely organized coalition of "concerned citizens."

They’re also getting paid, two of the protesters and an Obama campaign official told BuzzFeed.

At the candidate’s afternoon stop outside a bakery in DeWitt, a group of about 15 protesters stood behind a police barricade, a few of them chanting in support of Obama. Asked why he was protesting, a man dressed in a grim reaper costume pointed a reporter to a pair of "designated representatives" standing in the shade.

"I can’t talk, you gotta get one of those people over there to talk to y’all," he said. "They’re the ones who can talk to reporters."

Neither of the representatives agreed to give their names, but two protesters said they were getting paid to stand outside of the rally, though their wage is unclear: one said she was getting $7.25 per hour, while another man said they were being paid $17 per hour.

As some have pointed out, $7 an hour should be illegal in Michigan, since the minimum wage there is $7.25. Also, it would seem that men are being paid more than twice as much as women.

Meanwhile, about 50 feet away, another protest had been organized by local Democrats in conjunction with the Obama campaign. A campaign official told BuzzFeed they had nothing to do with the other group — which he said he believed they had been sent by the labor-backed "Good Jobs Now" — and confirmed that they were being paid…

Putting aside the veracity of this statement, this shows that the Obama campaign is organizing protests at Romney’s events.

But while both sides enjoy a good, loud demonstration, it’s generally acknowledged that paying people to protest is a form of cheating — which explains why the Obama campaign was quick to distance themselves from the group.

By the end of Romney’s remarks, most of the "Good Jobs Now" group was standing in the shade, chatting amongst themselves and letting their signs hang to the the ground. And while the Democrats aligned with the Obama campaign continued to shout at rally-goers as they filed out of the event, the other group of demonstrators made their way down the street and loaded on to a charter bus.

Lest we forget, the head of Obama’s campaign, David Axelrod condemned Romney the other day for not stopping the protests at Obama events. And Axelrod has also said that he is strongly against protests at Romney events.

From ABC News:

Axelrod Says Heckling Is a GOP Sport, Not His, After Protesters Hit Two Romney Events

Emily Friedman
Jun 17, 2012

TROY, Ohio — President Obama’s senior campaign strategist David Axelrod condemned the protesters who showed up at two of Mitt Romney’s campaign events in Ohio today while taking a dig at the GOP candidate, noting that the behavior is “their tactic, not ours.”

Axelrod wrote on Twitter, “I strongly condemn heckling along Mitt’s route. Shouting folks down is their tactic, not ours. Let voters hear BOTH candidates & decide.”

[A]nti-Romney supporters showed up at two of the candidate’s events along his bus tour today. The groups — each of about 25 people — shouted “we are the 99 percent,” and shouted at Romney to “go home.”

And yet we know from this report and others that Axelrod’s campaign staff are helping to organize these protesters.

According to the Washington Post, the Obama campaign also organized the protesters at Romney’s event in West Philadelphia back on May 24th, where people also shouted that they were the 99 percent, and yelled at Romney to go home.

So Mr. Axelrod is a liar. Isn’t that shocking?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, June 21st, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Anti-Romney Protesters Are Paid To Heckle”

  1. Astravogel says:

    Sounds like “Rent-A-Mob” and “Mobs R US” are still available.
    Coming to a political event near you. I do miss the hurling of
    ripe tomatoes and other produce.

  2. JohnMG says:

    …..”So Mr. Axelrod is a liar. Isn’t that shocking?…..”

    I recognize the sarcasm, but the real shocker here is that some people have to be told, and even then don’t believe it.

    Unfortunately, these types reproduce…….and vote!

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