Friday, August 14, 2009

Oil Lobby Planning Astroturf Rally in Nashville

Posted By on Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 1:03 PM

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Taking a page from the conservative plants disrupting thoughtful dialogue on health care reform between politicians and their constituents, the oil lobby is planning its own display of astroturfed outrage.

According to a memo obtained by Greenpeace from the American Petroleum Institute, the oil lobby is asking its member companies to "recruit employees, retirees, vendors and contractors to attend "Energy Citizen" rallies in key Congressional districts nationwide in the closing weeks of the August recess."

According to API's memo, the company has identified 11 states in which the astroturf protests will disrupt town hall-type meetings between Congressmembers and constituents. Nashville will be one of those places. So if you attend one, don't be surprised if you hear, "NO CAP AND TRADE!" That person was probably bused here on API's dime. To wit:

According to API's memo: "To be clear, API will provide the up-front resources to ensure logistical issues do not become a problem. This includes contracting with a highly experienced events management company that has produced successful rallies for presidential campaigns, corporations and interest groups...Please treat this information as sensitive...we don't want critics to know our game plan...we will contact your company's coordinator to distribute the information internally and to coordinate transportation to the venues..."

Produced? Couldn't have picked a better word myself for most of the shenanigans taking place in town halls everywhere. Grassroots my ass.

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