Hidden camera video: How much does a left-wing astroturfer get paid, anyway?

posted at 9:01 pm on August 27, 2009 by Allahpundit

Answer: There are no left-wing astroturfers, silly. They do it because they love the cause and the “fight” and the Unicorn King currently installed in the White House.

That $33,000 a year plus benefits is just their share of the wealth that belongs to all of us.

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We may be seeing some of these in NH today. Shea-Porter has a scripted town hall–invitation only. Problem for me is figuring out whether they think we’re just too stupid to see through them or have they become so arrogant they don’t care if we do.

jeanie on August 28, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Crowder is great!!

If only every American could see that video. The lady admits that they pay their protestors, even have a 401k!! And that they do not want bipartisanship at all!!! Let that be a lesson to McCain and the other RINOS!

jeffn21 on August 28, 2009 at 9:03 AM

I think it would be great if a bunch of conservatives got together and got salaried jobs from them, then just drag your heels on the work and continue to drain their coffers.

erakis on August 28, 2009 at 9:04 AM

The PIRG groups abuse and deceive their young employees.

Here’s Megan McArdle’s account of her experience with them. They are evil.


juliesa on August 28, 2009 at 9:10 AM

From the link in my previous comment,this is how PIRG treats the employees:

If you want to know why I am no longer a lefty, just read this series on MyDD about PIRG, the organisation that supervised my transition from ultraliberal to libertarian. I have never worked at any organisation, including the Catskills hotel that basically used foriegn temporary labour in sweatshop fashion, that treated its employees as shamefully as PIRG. People talk about workers being disposable, but no other business model I have encountered depends on its employees having an average tenure of two weeks, the better to funnel their lost wages up the hierarchy to god-knows-where. It’s all there in the series, what happens to you if you threaten to make too much money: the paycheck mixups that all run in favour of PIRG and somehow can never be rectified, the sudden firings of people for having a bad day, the curiously malleable policies on things like sick leave and holiday pay, which ensure that no one actually ever collects same, the shamelessly llame pretexts for getting rid of the overly successful, and the deliberate assignments to bad turf in order to depress your wages and thus force you to quit, or if that doesn’t work, give them an excuse to fire you.

juliesa on August 28, 2009 at 9:20 AM

juliesa on August 28, 2009 at 9:10 AM

That’s a very telling piece of writing. I’m just surprised it took this gal stood it as long as she did. Aren’t these the very folks Obama purports to champion? I wonder if he knows what really goes on? Chances are he does.

jeanie on August 28, 2009 at 9:20 AM

Crowder, his new math works well with Ms. Pisoffeverbody.

MSGTAS on August 28, 2009 at 10:05 AM

I love Crowder. He’s funny. Smart. Plus his biceps and shoulders are nothing to sneeze at…

CarolynM on August 28, 2009 at 11:14 AM

This if VERY well produced!

elfman on August 28, 2009 at 11:57 AM

OMG, I wish so much he didn’t have to blur that woman’s face out. If you say things, you should have to own up to them; that includes the radical socialist liberals of the People’s Liberal Democratic Socialist Party. The sheer embarrassment value of it would be priceless, both for her, and her unANTI-American organization. I remember when that idiot electronically eavesdropped on Newt Gingrich, back in the 80s to discredit him and air his personal life’s dirty laundry to the public. I’ll be that if that were to happen to guys like Soros, Obama, Pelosi, Reid and the rest, we would be seeing civilian national security forces running around town, complete with jackboots and brown shirts.

Virus-X on August 28, 2009 at 11:59 AM

Several years ago, several of us managed to get a story printed in the Trenton Times about how the “Fund For Public Interest Research” a 501(C) from Boston, MA, was reaping the benefits of the collecting of funds door to door through NJPIRG, and then redistrubuting only a portion of it to other local (NJ) organizations in their various network of mostly 501 (c)(3) and 501 (c)(4) entities, including one called “Citizen Lobby,” which would litigate various “progressive” causes, usually consisted of filing lawsuits against companies, and then settling when they offered enough cash. One inducement was to structure it as a contribution that would then give the corporation a tax break.

The point was that the HQ administrative folks at “The FUND” and other states’ locals were the big beneficiaries, not New Jersey or the environment.

In a very general sense, the story demonstrated how New Jersey was a very heavy donor state in the overall scheme of things in that Nader-inspired web. The next day, we tried to encourage the reporter to do more and he completly balked.

He admitted that the story was not received well by the “progressives,” and he refused to write any more, in spite of clear evidence we gave him of the essentially fraudulent nature of their scheme. They would have kids knocking on doors throughout the State, saying that they were collecting money for the “clean water campaign” in New Jersey. But, by and large, the money was not headed for any such campaign in New Jersey at all.

Also, a “negative check-off” was in place at Rutgers University back in those days, whereby students automatically had a portion of their mandatory student fees going to the support of NJPIRG, unless they noted the small print, and filed paperwork to “opt out” of their donation to NJPIRG. When the Republicans were in the majority in the ’90s, the State actually passed a law to reverse that and make donations dependent on a willing choice by the student — opt in. That law lasted about three years, and was subsequently repealed. So, students going to Rutgers today automatically contribute through their student fees, unless they notice the small print, and specifically file paperwork to opt out.

Trochilus on August 28, 2009 at 12:03 PM

NO MORE NON-PROFITS. Get rid of them all, churches included!

el Vaquero on August 28, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Wash off the filthy hippie! LOL Ha ha ha! Great video!

MCGIRV on August 28, 2009 at 1:30 PM

Tis sad, when people allow themselves to be used, and don’t know they’re being used.

capejasmine on August 28, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Excellent video. Gives me a flashback to my first college internship and paid non-profit job with an environmental group. *shudder* The horror. But yes, this video is spot-on correct. Every one of these orgs works just about the same.

quiz1 on August 28, 2009 at 5:22 PM