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Re: [News] Telecom AstroTurf Gone Botched

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____/ 7 on Saturday 24 Oct 2009 22:00 : \____

> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
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>> Dear Lobbyists: When Crafting Astroturf Letters, Remember To Do
>> A Search & Replace On XYZ Corp.
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>> | In researching this further, Karl also can't
>> | find any other evidence that the Arkansas
>> | Retired Seniors exist. Separately, he found
>> | another mistake by the lobbyists when it sent a
>> | different anti-net neutrality letter from
>> | Grumman Shipbuilding (ship builders against
>> | neutrality?). This one wasn't as egregious, but
>> | the lobbyists forgot to remove the header info
>> | that says "Governor/PUC Letters to FCC on Net
>> | Neutrality" with the neat little classification
>> | system the lobbyists use: "Letter 2: Specific
>> | to Investment and Employment." Wonder what the
>> | original header for XYZ organization was?
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>> http://techdirt.com/articles/20091022/1204566640.shtml
> Its simple to fix - make asstroturfing illegal and fineable with
> severe penalties to those that practice it in the most blatant
> form and put up a public hall of shame of those companies,
> proprietors and customers using these types of services
> to cheat on democratic processes and real grass roots activity.

If Microsoft had to pay a penny for each time it did this...

Microsoft puppets spamming ANSI

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| An impressive list of spam comments asking for supporting OOXML and
| backward compatibility, claiming also that "Open XML in no way
| contradicts any other international document standard". No really?


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| In 2001, the Los Angeles Times accused Microsoft of astroturfing
| when hundreds of similar letters were sent to newspapers voicing
| disagreement with the United States Department of Justice and its
| antitrust suit against Microsoft. The letters, prepared by Americans
| for Technology Leadership, had in some cases been mailed from
| deceased citizens or nonexistent addresses.


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