Great news: Being a pro-choice “grassroots” activist pays a decent wage

posted at 7:11 pm on July 1, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Remember when Tea Party activists got accused of being “Astroturfers,” paid lackeys of the eeeeeevil Koch Brothers, instead of legitimate protesters interested only in political change?  Good times, good times. As this ad on Craigslist in Austin dates two days ago demonstrates — heh, pardon the pun! — Wendy Davis isn’t the only pro-abortion progressive in Texas suffering from a case of projection:

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In case it gets taken down, I’ve cached the page here. The special session got announced by Gov. Rick Perry on the 26th; this ad went up three days later, and just two days before a swarm of “volunteers” arrived at the capitol building today.  Pro-choice Texas employees get paid roughly minimum wage to “stand,” I mean start, assuming that the $1300 per month is for full-time work.  The position ranges to nearly $12.70 for standing around and yelling slogans like, “Hey hey, ho ho, fully-formed human life’s got to go,” and so on.

The employment comes from the ironically-named Grassroots Campaigns, which stages these demonstrations on behalf of client organizations like Planned Parenthood Federation of America, MoveOn, and the Democratic National Committee, among others.  There’s nothing much that’s “grassroots” about this; GCI’s clients comprise most of the professional progressive non-profit community, as the list at Wikipedia demonstrates. GCI’s money to pay these employees presumably comes from donors to those organizations.  Their website certainly doesn’t offer any other explanation.

But is this how Pro-Choice Texas rustled up so many protesters today?  Breitbart’s John Sexton asked them, and they claim that this is unrelated to the protests this week:

I called Grassroots Campaigns and spoke to an individual there familiar with the ad. He explained it is part of an ongoing campaign being run on behalf of Planned Parenthood. PP has been hiring grassroots fundraisers since last summer. The Craigslist ad is part of that fundraising campaign, not an attempt to hire protest organizers.

There is another link on the ad itself which leads to this page offering full time “Assistant Canvas Director” jobs. The job description reads in part “Canvass in the field for four days per week, to train new and experienced staff in the field and meet personal fundraising requirements.” So it’s definitely a fundraising job.

Planned Parenthood is working with Grassroots Campaigns to hire fundraisers in Austin and also, it appears, in other locations around the country. These job listings are not part of the recent attempts to block SB5 though it’s probably not a stretch to imagine some of the folks will be participating in the protests.

Or that they might be doing this on the clock, too.  Does anyone think that Planned Parenthood would object to that use of their resources? Keep that in mind when watching this big takeaway from the first day of competing demonstrations at the capitol building in Austin.  While the pro-abortion “volunteers” chant slogans in opposition to a bill supported by 62% of Texas voters, pro-life protesters sing “Amazing Grace” as a prayer.

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Look at the poster. They avoid the word abortion like the plague.

CW on July 1, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Awesome! I could be a pain in the ass baby killer for a living! :)

ThePrez on July 1, 2013 at 7:15 PM

More like greenroots than grassroots. Or maybe greenhouse roots.

hepcat on July 1, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Yep. I was there. The proabortion side could only be described as “rabid”.

Vera on July 1, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Umm. Would they pay me in advance?

davidk on July 1, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Planned Parenthood is working with Grassroots Campaigns to hire fundraisers in Austin and also, it appears, in other locations around the country.

Considering the fact that Planned Parenthood gets federal money taxpayers are putting out the dollars for this evil astroturf.

INC on July 1, 2013 at 7:22 PM

The people pro-abortion lobbyists have spoken.

mchristian on July 1, 2013 at 7:22 PM

At $1,300 a month salary, taxpayers are subsidizing this “grassroots activism” through the EITC.

blammm on July 1, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Let’s all sign and not show up.

DanMan on July 1, 2013 at 7:24 PM

I’ll take singing in beautiful harmony about undeserved free grace for wretched sinners over mindless, soulless chanting in support of baby killing any day. Some of those chanters need to listen to the music.

I make only three more dollars an hour than they’re offering these wretches, and I’ll bet you anything my tax dollars, which are STILL being pumped into Planned Parenthood’s coffers, are going to pay a number of these sick puppies. They would squeal like stuck pigs if any of their tax dollars went to support abstinence programs that might even hint at the existence of God; yet I’m supposed to roll over and let them take my hard earned dollars to pay them to kill.

There are days I’m divided between praying for mercy or justice to be meted out on this country. Today’s one of those justice days. Burn the whole lot of ‘em, God, and let’s start over.

Republicans thirst for death as a political group. Democrats, liberals and leftists just thirst for death. Sick, sick, sick.

theotherone on July 1, 2013 at 7:25 PM

I’d be happy to take their money and show up with a “Stop Abortion Now” sign.

Stoic Patriot on July 1, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Grassroots Campaigns

They keep using that word, but I don’t think it means what they think it means.

Resist We Much on July 1, 2013 at 7:28 PM

I hope they canvass my hood and come to my door.Boy oh boy oh boy oh boy will I have a good time.Hot fun in the summertime baby.

docflash on July 1, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Just the free market at work.

-Armin the Vacuous.

CW on July 1, 2013 at 7:35 PM

…not….unbelievable!

KOOLAID2 on July 1, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Sounds like another possible Lila Rose or O’Keefe venture. That’s a pretty big spread between $1300 to $2200, I wonder what the requirements are for the difference.

Cindy Munford on July 1, 2013 at 7:38 PM

From John Sexton:

However I called Grassroots Campaigns and spoke to an individual there familiar with the ad. He explained it is part of an ongoing campaign being run on behalf of Planned Parenthood. PP has been hiring grassroots fundraisers since last summer. The Craigslist ad is part of that fundraising campaign, not an attempt to hire protest organizers.

There is another link on the ad itself which leads to this page offering full time “Assistant Canvas Director” jobs. The job description reads in part “Canvass in the field for four days per week, to train new and experienced staff in the field and meet personal fundraising requirements.” So it’s definitely a fundraising job.

Planned Parenthood is working with Grassroots Campaigns to hire fundraisers in Austin and also, it appears, in other locations around the country. These job listings are not part of the recent attempts to block SB5 though it’s probably not a stretch to imagine some of the folks will be participating in the protests.

Resist We Much on July 1, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Certainly pays better than ACORN did for canvassers signing up phantom Democrat voters. And who thought the liberals couldn’t create jobs…

JetBoy on July 1, 2013 at 7:48 PM

The liberals and all their talk about Love. What bullshit.

CW on July 1, 2013 at 7:52 PM

It pisses me off that those who are against the killing of an innocent in the womb are called anti- abortion, and those who condone the killing are called “pro-choice.” let’s just call it what it is….. pro-death…

sandee on July 1, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Oh Brother… Obama Warns Africans If They Get Air Conditioning the “Planet Will Boil Over”

What an embarrassment this president has become.

Obama told Africans on Saturday if they get air conditioning and cars
“the planet will boil over.”

‘Keep sweating, bytches!’ – Obama

OTOH:

Growing Number of Africans Tell Climate Change Imperialists To Go Pound Their Eco-Friendly, Carbon-Neutral Sand

Resist We Much on July 1, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Nothing says love like killing your own child.

/

Up is down and down is up. F the libs.

CW on July 1, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Miss Cindy I believe you a genius, seriously I wonder if Lila Rose and James O’Keefe would be willing to team up to tackle this beast. Wonder twins unite. Wow just think with O’Keefe undercover on the outside (organizers & protesters) and Lila Rose on the inside (Planned Parenthood and the murderous Dr’s) the could expose this evil monster and their union against Pro-Life and Texas.

D-fusit on July 1, 2013 at 7:58 PM

This is what you call astroturf: fake grass roots.

Just another reminder that leftist is synonymous with liar.

There Goes the Neighborhood on July 1, 2013 at 7:59 PM

[WARNING: This link may not meet the JellyFish Thread Compatibility Standards. Read at your own risk.]

http://www.cdc.gov/std/stats/STI-Estimates-Fact-Sheet-Feb-2013.pdf

davidk on July 1, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Air conditioning, private planes and $100,000,000 vacations for me, but not for thee.

talkingpoints on July 1, 2013 at 8:01 PM

It pisses me off that those who are against the killing of an innocent in the womb are called anti- abortion, and those who condone the killing are called “pro-choice.” let’s just call it what it is….. pro-death…

sandee on July 1, 2013 at 7:54 PM

It’s even more insidious than that;

Those against abortion are called anti-choice (so the left can avoid any use of the word abortion.

They are also said to be (when they are protesting, or promulgating legislation,) interested in preventing women from accessing reproductive health choices.

massrighty on July 1, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Nothing says love like cutting your own child’s spinal cord.

Awwwww.

CW on July 1, 2013 at 8:03 PM

blood money…..just like the money used to betray Christ…..

crosshugger on July 1, 2013 at 8:04 PM

These paid advocates shouting in the streets will also be showing up at the townhalls held during congress’ summer recess.

The left is going to try to pack these townhalls so the media can show “grassroots support” for the democratic’s agenda. Especially immigration “reform”.

jaime on July 1, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Fascinating. I never before realized that a woman’s right to choose included the right to choose an abortion provider whose sanitary standards are surpassed by a back alley abortionist using a coat hanger.

Who knew!

No Truce With Kings on July 1, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Our grandchildren’s grandchildren will read about these people in their history books, alongside horror stories about the Atlantic slave trade and the Holocaust.

I guarantee it.

Their ignominy in history is my only solace. I know their future.

Professor Blather on July 1, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Lefty organizations have been playing this game in and around DC on craigslist for years. Check this out:

Athanasius on July 1, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Sorry, the link didn’t appear. Try it again:

http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/npo/

Athanasius on July 1, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Let’s all sign and not show up.

DanMan on July 1, 2013 at 7:24 PM

No, let’s all sign up, show up for awhile, get our checks, and contribute the money to Lila Rose’s organization.

TXUS on July 1, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Behold the power of sunshine…

“This posting has been deleted by its author.”

kdp on July 1, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Considering the fact that Planned Parenthood gets federal money taxpayers are putting out the dollars for this evil astroturf.

INC on July 1, 2013 at 7:22 PM

This is why it is so hard for the good guys to win: because the pay themselves with money taxed from the good guys. And “conservative” politicians seem to be fine with that.

David Blue on July 1, 2013 at 11:14 PM

It’s been a common trick of the left which has gone on for decades now: use federal subsidies or grants to pay for advocates to push for more federal subsidies or grants.

The solution isn’t more conservative tax-exempt groups, it’s about eliminating tax exemptions for all groups. As part of an overhaul and reform of the tax structure, it can result in substantially lower rates.

Genuine non-profit activities and religious activities can be exempted from property taxes at the local or state level.

It’s the only way to end the subsidy of the left as they plead for more subsidies.

Adjoran on July 2, 2013 at 12:33 AM

Where do they get the money to pay the “activists”?

I’m sure the taxpayers in some fashion.

PattyJ on July 2, 2013 at 1:24 AM

Where do they get the money to pay the “activists”?

I’m sure the taxpayers in some fashion.

PattyJ on July 2, 2013 at 1:24 AM

Moat likely. Baby killing is big business.

bgibbs1000 on July 2, 2013 at 6:38 AM

The brown hand on top has a bifurcated ring finger. WTF?

S. Weasel on July 2, 2013 at 7:06 AM

If you live long enough, you get to see the left play every side on absolutely everything, don’t you? Remember when the preferred lefty insult against the military was, wait for it, ‘baby killer’? You’d think they thought that would be a bad thing; or, at a minimum, you’d think they expected the soldiers they were falsely accusing of it to think that. And now, look – fast forward 30 or 40 years, and baby killing is the highest, most noble calling of mankind, and we are all snakes for wanting to stop it.

Dirty Creature on July 2, 2013 at 7:30 AM

dollars to doughnuts that’s taxpayer money they’re being paid with – wanna bet?

PJ Emeritus on July 2, 2013 at 8:27 AM

Stand with Wendy and make easy $$$!

WannabeAnglican on July 2, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Am I the only one who thinks there ought to be a law against astroturf campaigns? We have to defend the right to sincerely protest, yes, and we have to allow paid, political campaigners to run political campaigns, but paying professionals to act the role of citizens sincerely protesting? There’s something about this that breaks the system.

philwynk on July 10, 2013 at 8:24 AM

If you live long enough, you get to see the left play every side on absolutely everything, don’t you?

Dirty Creature on July 2, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Yep. It’s proof that the left has no principles higher than increasing their own, personal power.

philwynk on July 10, 2013 at 8:25 AM