Anti-Tea Party Web Site Part of Scheme to Funnel Union Funds

This is serious astro-turfing.  Two Democratic strategists, Craig Varoga and George Rakis, have created a number of 527s to funnel big labor union money into anti-tea party propaganda in states where the Tea Party movement is strong.  One of their tools is the website, which proclaims “This movement is a fad.”  While this practice is completely legal, Paul Ryan, legal counsel at the Campaign Legal Center, says: “It’s not illegal but it is, I think, dishonest on the part of the organizations.  And there’s a reason they do it: they know voters don’t like outsiders coming in to sway the vote.”

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