DATE: February 22, 2015
TO: USF & NRA Member and Friends
FROM: Marion P. Hammer
USF Executive Director
NRA Past President
ASTROTURF (fake grassroots organizations)
Anti-gun "astroturf" groups don't like guns on campus and they're demanding an apology from two lawmakers who do. Currently under attack from these fake grassroots groups are Florida Representative Dennis Baxley and Nevada State Assemblywoman Michele Fiore.
At the top of the list of "astroturf organizations" are groups created and funded anti-gun NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg to fight the NRA. They are "Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America" and "Everytown for Gun Safety."
Click on this link, http://sharylattkisson.com/top-10-astroturfers/, to the article by Sharyl Attkisson, an expert on astroturfers.
Excerpt: "The whole point of Astroturf is to try to convince you there's widespread support for or against an agenda when there's not."
Excerpt: "The groups present themselves as grassroots organizations of "mayors, moms survivors and everyday Americans." They are spearheaded by former New York Mayor and multi-billionaire Michael Bloomberg, and former PR professional and mother Shannon Watts. Last year, they announced a $50 million political campaign to try to counter the efforts of the formidable gun rights lobby."
Excerpt: "The results of an informal, non-scientific poll identify groups related to Gun Safety Action Fund, Inc. as top Astroturf efforts. These groups include Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Everytown, Everytown for Gun Safety, Gun Sense, It'’s Time for Gun Sense in America, Gun Sense Voter, I''m a Gun Sense Voter, Moms Take the Hill and Stroller Jam."
Astroturf (fake grassroots) Explained at Univ. of Nevada