Saturday, January 05, 2013

Freedomworks puts the con into conservative

Thanks to the huge falling out between Dick Armey and his former friends at Freedomworks, we now have the Freedomworks master plan for greater grifting.

The basics are always the same. Take a few multi-millionaries and billionaires. Add about half a gross of pretty damn wealthy people and layer their money into your SuperPAC pan and bake an agenda. For the grassroots frosting, stir together about 30,000 rubes willing to dig into their SS and SSDI checks for small dollar amounts. Add a large dollop of misinformation and whip into a frenzy.

Of course the end product stinks so hire well known unethical shills to sell the crap.
"The arrangement was simply FreedomWorks paid Glenn Beck money and Glenn Beck said nice things about FreedomWorks on the air," Armey, the former House majority leader, told Media Matters Friday. "I saw that a million dollars went to Beck this past year, that was the annual expenditure."
Add more to taste.
The FreedomWorks document leaked to Mother Jones states that their fundraising relationship with Limbaugh began in 2012.
Repeat as necessary.
But don't expect those payments to end: FreedomWorks' leaked 2013 budget plan includes "Glenn Beck Radio Ads," "Glenn Beck TV," "TheBlaze Action Center," and the "Rush Limbaugh Contract."
Add viral marketing:
In 2013, FreedomWorks plans to spend between $25 million and $30 million, according to the board book. Favored causes and projects include the annual Blog-Con convention, the right's answer to Netroots Nation; fly-ins for activists to lobby members of Congress; briefings with lawmakers and their aides; and the recently launched FreedomWorks University.
In other words, bribe high profile amateurs to pitch the product to their gullible friends. Buy off the lawmakers. Profit.

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