It’s why I’m having such a hard time with their recent choice of media in this:
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.
Government Accountability Institute
The Government Accountability Institute (GAI) is a “a new conservative investigative research organization.” The GAI states as its mission “to investigate and expose crony capitalism, misuse of taxpayer monies, and other governmental corruption or malfeasance.”
The GAI has several ties to right-wing groups such as Citizens United, the American Conservative Union, Young America’s Foundation, and the Hoover Institution, through its key staff and board members:
Peter Schweizer, president of the GAI, is a researcher for the Hoover Institution in Stanford, California. Mr. Schweizer is also on the Research Advisory Council of the James Madison Institute, a member of the State Policy Network, which itself is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council.
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.