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Austin Astroturf

Filed under: Civil Liberties — DRJ @ 7:49 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Last week, the Austin, Texas, City Council joined the Arizona boycott. I didn’t mention it at the time because, let’s face it, the liberal side of Austin is just a blip in the political world. However, apparently they are astroturfing blips:

“While the Austin city council has likely not read the bill — and neither has the White House — Barack Obama’s political organizing group has decided to take action to defend Austin’s boycott. Will they actually read the bill? Are they scheduling protests? Not exactly. In an e-mail from Organizing for America that went out last night (and provided to us by a reader), OfA announces an Astroturf campaign to flood the newspaper with letters supporting the boycott.”

At the link, Hot Air has more information on the Astroturfing effort. Meanwhile, everyday Texans are writing letters opposed to the Austin City Council’s boycott and calling for their own boycotts of Austin.



  1. What a lie. Nancy Pelosi already told us that the Tea Partiers were astroturf. If OFA were practicing astroturf I am sure she would tell us.

    Has a politician ever lied before?

    Comment by MU789 (d30691) — 5/20/2010 @ 8:17 pm

  2. Stupid is as stupid does.

    Lt. Dan just fell out of his wheelchair in uncontrollable fits of laughter.

    Comment by AD - RtR/OS! (c4618b) — 5/20/2010 @ 11:48 pm

  3. AD, Lt. Dan has titanium legs and a Korean wife.

    Comment by PCD (1d8b6d) — 5/21/2010 @ 8:30 am

  4. This is nothing new for Austin–its similar laws against South Africa banned books from it’s own library. I expect the librarians there to be ordered to remove books by AZ authors next.

    Comment by tehag (2b45b4) — 5/22/2010 @ 12:24 pm

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