Astroturf Rednecks

Bitter had a post earlier about “rednecks for Obama,” saying the astroturf meter was pegged.

Bitter and I did a little more research, and found (from Bitter’s):

  • They registered their domain through a proxy.
  • They list a mailing address for merchandise at an address in Pennsylvania while claiming to be in Missouri.
  • The mailing address is a box of some kind. Based on the address style, I would have assumed it was something like a Mail Boxes Etc., but the only business that Google turns up at that address is an Allentown, PA deli known as The Philosopher’s Stone.
  • [snip]
  • One of the multiple Obama offices in downtown Allentown just happens to be in the exact same building.

Also, the founders have been politically active for some time, despite the claim that: “Tony Viessman, 74, and Les Spencer, 60, got politically active last year when it occurred to them there must be other lower income, rural, beer-drinking, gun-loving, NASCAR race enthusiasts fed up with business as usual in Washington.” Not that they shouldn’t be politically active, but let’s be honest here.

Interesting group of Missouri rednecks that are running things through a private mailbox in Allentown, PA.

And to top it off, the comment left at Bitter’s defending the “rednecks” was from an IP address in PA.

Not to say that there aren’t some rednecks that support Obama (I say you can find just about anything out there) but this group really doesn’t seem to be what it claims to be.


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