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Obama Campaign To Create ‘Astro-Turf’ Group

From an approving New York Times:

Obama’s 2012 Operation Turns Over a New Leaf

By JEFF ZELENY | January 17, 2013

The next act of President Obama’s campaign organization is starting to take shape, with his former campaign manager Jim Messina leading a plan to convert the operation into a new grass-roots lobbying effort. The first project: gun control legislation.

This is not a grass-roots effort. It is, in fact, the very definition of Astro-Turfing. Which is a devious tactic invented and perfected by David Axelrod.

Mr. Messina and other senior campaign officials who are not working inside the White House are planning to lead the next phase of Obama for America, the president’s network of supporters, which has steadily grown since 2007. The group will solicit money from donors to push the president’s agenda

And they will get their money from the usual suspects, starting with George Soros.

The group will be run as a separate entity from the Democratic National Committee, people familiar with the operation said, and it could be set up as a 501(c)4, a section of the tax code in which disclosure of donations is not required.

Gee, why would they want to hide their donors?

In announcing his gun control proposals, Mr. Obama pledged to put the “full weight” of his office behind the effort. In his message to supporters on Thursday, Mr. Messina called for their help.

“Common-sense changes can go a long way in keeping our streets and our schools safer — and there’s too much at stake to stand by and wait for action,” Mr. Messina wrote. “The president will not wait.”

Mr. Messina would have been great in the Stasi.

Speaking of which, we also have this from an irony proof Washington Post:

Jim Messina to be given the Machiavelli award

By Al Kamen | January 17, 2013

The Oscars won’t be given for another month, but there are other awards worthy of note.

We got this announcement Thursday from the Italian American Democratic Leadership Council about Obama’s 2012 campaign manager: “Jim Messina to receive Machiavelli Award as the Italian American Democrat of the Year at Inaugural Reception Sunday.”

The council says the “award honors the legacy of Niccolo Machiavelli, the first political scientist and showcases a current political mastermind.” …

How fitting. Just try to imagine the competition for that award among Democrats.

And mind you, this is a real story. It’s not from the Onion. (Though with the Washington Post, it’s sometimes hard to tell.)

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, January 18th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Obama Campaign To Create ‘Astro-Turf’ Group”

  1. untrainable says:

    Ma·chi·a·vel·li·an (mk–vl-n)
    1. Of or relating to Machiavelli or Machiavellianism.
    2. Suggestive of or characterized by expediency, deceit, and cunning

    Because in the democrat party… deceit is the method, and expediency trumps all… including the friggin’ Constitution.

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