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August 3, 2009

Lobbyist Town Hall Disruptions Begin

-- by Dave Johnson

The Drudge Report is hiliting (promoting) astroturf disruptions of townhall meetings with members of Congress, without letting readers know this is organized by insurance company lobbyists.

Saturday I wrote about the corporate lobbyist astroturf groups that are organizing "Tea Party" groups to disrupt town hall meetings between members of Congress and constituents. Their goal is to make it appear that there is widespread disapproval of the health care reform efforts.

It is called "astroturf" because it is not really grassroots, which is regular people organizing to get something done. It is corporate lobbyists manufacturing the appearance that the public wants something.

The instructions that the lobbyists are giving the astroturf are clearly to violently disrupt the meetings. They include:

"Be Disruptive Early And Often: “You need to rock-the-boat early in the Rep’s presentation, Watch for an opportunity to yell out and challenge the Rep’s statements early.”

– Try To “Rattle Him,” Not Have An Intelligent Debate: “The goal is to rattle him, get him off his prepared script and agenda. If he says something outrageous, stand up and shout out and sit right back down. Look for these opportunities before he even takes questions.”

These are quoted from the instructions given to the astroturf groups.

Rep Doggett in Austin:

Sen. Spector, Pennsylvania:

Posted by Dave Johnson at August 3, 2009 6:10 AM


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