Mother Jones, best described by Erick Erickson as a far-left magazine eager to destroy everyone on the right, just released another leak of “internal docs” relating to FreedomWorks’ challenging the organization’s billing as a grassroots outfit – then charging that they are bankrolled and run by big-money donors.
Mother Jones essentially claims FreedomWorks is astroturfing:
FreedomWorks, the national conservative group that helped launch the tea party movement, sells itself as a genuine grassroots operation, and for years it has battled accusations of “astroturfing”—posing as a populist organization while doing the bidding of big-money donors.
These are pretty common charges. During Tea Party protests in 2009 and 2010, leftists and the mainstream media frequently made charges of astroturfing. God forbid people actually be pissed off enough with Washington to actually take a stand.
Some of the comments on the Mother Jones article encapsulate their argument even further:
— “Good Lord this is scary. We must stay on top of these people.”
— “It all boils down to the money.”
Wait! It gets better:
The revelation that a corporate bigwig like [Richard] Stephenson, who founded the Cancer Treatment Centers of America and chairs its board, was responsible for more than half of the FreedomWorks super-PAC’s haul in 2012 undercuts the group’s grassroots image and hands ammunition to critics who say FreedomWorks does the bidding of rich conservative donors.
That’s right Mother Jones, because FreedomWorks continues to work toward fighting cancer?
Mother Jones is, frankly, way off the mark here. FreedomWorks, which has opposed bank bailouts and other corporate crony policies — including this weeks “epic fail” of the fiscal cliff compromise — has 81,000 individual donors, all of whom send the organization money because they know that they will spread the limited-government message effectively.
When George Soros spends millions to promote leftist groups, it’s called activism. When FreedomWorks promotes limited government, it’s called “astroturfing.” Seems legit.