How Much Phony Grassroots Opposition Can $7 Million Buy You?

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If you want to know how big corporate astroturfing works, and the many layers of money and subterfuge involved, there’s no better case study than the coal industry group that sent forged letters to Congress purportedly from community groups opposing global warming regulation. Zack Roth has been covering today’s hearing in the House on this particular fiasco, but like I said, it’s a rare window into this whole professional bamboozlement apparatus.

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