Here is an item from today’s Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire section Lobby Groups to Use Town Hall Tactics to Oppose Climate Bill
Taking a cue from angry protests against the Obama Administration’s health care restructuring, the oil industry is helping organize anti-climate bill rallies around the nation.
The American Petroleum Institute, along with other organizations such as the National Association of Manufacturers opposed to the climate legislation Congress will consider again in the fall, is funding rallies across 20 states over the August recess.
In political circles, ginned up opposition is called AstroTurfing–meaning artificial grassroots. Looks like the practice has hit a new high (or low, as some might put it).
Just one more reminder that politics is a contact (some might say blood) sport.