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from Christian Science Monitor
Faking the voice of the people
By William S. Klein
WASHINGTON – What happens when the voice of the people gets as fake as a television laugh track?

That's what's happening to the "letters to the editor" column in scores of newspapers today, thanks to a tactic known as "AstroTurf." Borrowing a trick from lobbyists, interest groups are using phony grass roots letter writing campaigns to puff up their support.......

"One of the reasons Americans are turned off by politics is because of the inherent cynicism they see in the political debate. Every position seems like a commodity, espoused not out of belief but for tactical advantage...."

excellent report

The letter originates on a Web site called, reachable through a variety of Web sites, notably, all run by the Republican National Committee. Such letters are referred to in the business as "Astroturf," because their grass roots are wholly synthetic.

At, the system is extraordinarily smooth. After signing on, a new member can visit the "Action Center" from which a letter to the editor can be sent. Plug in a ZIP code and the site immediately lists the regional newspapers to which a letter can be e-mailed.

...... the one person who doesn't want his name on the most successful letter-to-the-editor of the year is its author.

this has a lot of info that should be 'shared' with your

this website is copyrighted by Republican National Committee

from here have originated 'mass mailings' of identical 'letters
to the editor'.....sleazy or brilliant?

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Such letters are referred to in the business as "Astroturf," because their grass roots are wholly synthetic.H
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