We’re Supposed to Believe These Guys?

I am a huge fan and active supporter of the good and important work being done by Represent.Us to promote and gather true grassroots support for the American Anti-Corruption Act.

It’s why I’m having such a hard time with their recent choice of media in this:

DC ISN’T ABOUT RED VS. BLUE — IT’S ALL ABOUT THE GREEN

Why would Represent.Us choose to use the Government Accountability Institute, an ALEC-supporting, Citizens United-loving 501(c)3 led by Peter Schweizer and Stephen Bannon as proxies for their movement, and why would they choose the interviews these extreme right-wingers did while they played up to and got all cozy with Fox News talking head, Sean Hannity?

Aren’t there plenty of activists and actual experts working tirelessly to make the real case for campaign finance reform?

Perhaps this is this how Represent.Us hopes to win support from the right – by showing clips of Fox interviews of people who run organizations with documented ties to Citizens United and the American Legislative Exchange Council attempting to appear concerned and reasonable when it comes to the corrupting influence of money in politics.

I will give Represent.Us credit for a quixotic quest to penetrate the impenetrable. I just don’t get it.

I still support Represent.Us and I will continue to do so, but I just don’t get this move. Anyone who can help me to understand this is invited to do so in the Comments section.

Who is the GAI?

I’ll let SourceWatch.Org answer that question.

From http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Government_Accountability_Institute

Government Accountability Institute

The Government Accountability Institute (GAI) is a “a new conservative investigative research organization.”[1] The GAI states as its mission “to investigate and expose crony capitalism, misuse of taxpayer monies, and other governmental corruption or malfeasance.”[2]

The GAI has several ties to right-wing groups such as Citizens United, the American Conservative UnionYoung America’s Foundation, and the Hoover Institution, through its key staff and board members:

Hoover Institute fellow, Andrew Breitbart associate, Reagan worshipper, and Sarah Palin has a new foreign policy adviser, Peter Schweizer (image and some text courtesy of http://progressivealaska.blogspot.com/2011/05/palin-fires-scheunemann-hires-breitbart.html)

Hoover Institute fellow, Andrew Breitbart associate, Reagan worshipper, and Sarah Palin foreign policy adviser, Peter Schweizer (image and some text courtesy of http://progressivealaska.blogspot.com/2011/05/palin-fires-scheunemann-hires-breitbart.html)

Peter Schweizer, president of the GAI, is a researcher for the Hoover Institution in Stanford, California.[3] Mr. Schweizer is also on the Research Advisory Council of the James Madison Institute,[4] a member of the State Policy Network, which itself is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Writer, producer, director and collaborator with Citizens United founder David Bossie on films such as “The Hope & the Change,” as well as Palin-worship, "The Undefeated" and many other right-wing propaganda films. (See http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0052442/; image courtesy of http://clatl.com/freshloaf/archives/2011/07/15/director-stephen-bannon-talks-sarah-palins-undefeated)

Writer, producer, director and collaborator with Citizens United founder David Bossie on films such as “The Hope & the Change,” as well as Palin-worship, “The Undefeated” and many other right-wing propaganda films. (See http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0052442/; image courtesy of http://clatl.com/freshloaf/archives/2011/07/15/director-stephen-bannon-talks-sarah-palins-undefeated)

Executive Chairman and co-founder of the GAI, Stephen Bannon, is the Executive Chairman of Breitbart News LLC, the parent company of Breitbart.com, a conservative news and opinion website, founded by conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart[5][6].

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Proud middle class husband, father, and progressive liberal. Registered Non-Partisan but have much more in common with Democrats than Republicans. Consider Libertarians to be immature and underdeveloped in their understanding of reality. An atheist who doesn't care what you believe so long as you stop pretending the Founding Fathers intended for you to legislatively force your beliefs on everyone else. Laughs out loud in mocking disdain at the abject lunacy of birthers, climate science deniers, and hard core tea partiers. If that offends you, too bad. You're not rational and have no place at the adult table.
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  3. I was hoping that was the case, Sam. Thanks for confirming as much and for taking the time to comment. I’m still confused, however, as to why you would choose people like Schweizer and Bannon as proxy spokespersons. They’re speaking the same words as you and Represent.US, yes, but there’s no way that I trust them; not with their backgrounds and their affiliations.

  4. Sam says:

    Oops, sorry. Should have been time-stamped to 7:35. My apologies. Rest-assured it was not an endorsement of Fox News

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