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Michigan: Dubious Americans for Prosperity Engaged in Astroturfing

March 10, 2011

AFP’s messages are in sync with those of other groups funded by the Koch Family Foundations and the Koch’s other special interest groups that work against progressive or Democratic initiatives and protections for workers and the environment.

Americans for Prosperity, AFP adopts the anti-union positions held by its libertarian funders, David and Charles Koch. A video published on YouTube on February 26, 2011 shows Scott Hagerstrom, the executive director of Americans for Prosperity Michigan, advocating “taking unions out at the knees so they don’t have the resources” to fight for workplace benefits or political candidates.

I strongly suggest Michigan citizens to retain legal council to investigate Americans for Prosperity involvement in Michigan politics.

From SourceWatch:

In early March, 2011, AFP conducted a “Stand with Walker” bus tour to Wisconsin, complete with a custom-painted luxury coach with a picture of embattled Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker professionally-painted on the side. The bus arrived in Ashwaubenon, WI on Friday, March 4. About 100 people attended the rally, a “high turnout” that, one Wisconsin TV station reported “forced organizers to move from Perkins restaurant to the Holiday Inn next door.” Americans for Prosperity’s Wisconsin state director, Matt Seaholm, who attended the rally, said, “What we’re doing here is, we want to go around the state, you know, give our folks a chance to show their support for what Governor Walker is doing. So often they can’t make it down to Madison and take the day off, so we thought we’d bring the show to them.” A custom-painted luxury coach that goes on highly publicized tours is a hallmark of a corporate-funded front group, according to PRWatch.org’s article on the characteristics of front groups

Who Is Americans for Prosperity?
They are BILLIONAIRES who want to retain their prosperity on the backs of everyday Amercan workers!

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a group fronting special interests started by oil billionaire David Koch and Richard Fink (a member of the board of directors of Koch Industries). AFP has been accused of funding astroturf operations but also has been fueling the “Tea Party” efforts. AFP’s messages are in sync with those of other groups funded by the Koch Family Foundations and the Koch’s other special interest groups that work against progressive or Democratic initiatives and protections for workers and the environment. Accordingly, AFP opposes labor unions, health care reform, stimulus spending, and cap-and-trade legislation, which is aimed at making industries pay for the air pollution that they create.

AFP was also involved in the attacks on Obama’s “green jobs” czar, Van Jones, and has crusaded against international climate talks. According to an article in the August 30, 2010 issue of The New Yorker, the Kochs are known for “creating slippery organizations with generic-sounding names,” that “make it difficult to ascertain the extent of their influence in Washington.” AFP’s budget surged from $7 million in 2007 to $40 million in 2010, an election year.

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