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Thu May 17, 2018, 08:02 AM

Massive shadow army in the fight for the House

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/17/republicans-midterms-shadow-army-591872


The initiative by the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC aligned with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), now includes 34 offices running mini-campaigns for vulnerable Republicans throughout the country. It has built its own in-house research and data teams and recruited 4,000 student volunteers, who have knocked on more than 10 million doors since February 2017.

Two dozen high school and college kids crammed into the office, working the phones to help vulnerable GOP Rep. Mimi Walters’ reelection campaign. Flyers touting Walter’s achievements sat on counters, ready for those knocking doors. Signs on the wall read, “call, knock, win, repeat” and “Mimi Rocks.”

Working two phones at once, 18-year-old college freshman Liam Murphy prodded voters about their concerns. To one person anxious about the economy, he had ready an example of how Walters had worked on that very problem.

“Did you hear about the Tax Cut and Jobs Act [House Republicans] got passed in December?” Murphy told a voter concerned about the economy. “It was one of the biggest tax cuts in history.” (Ed: “biggest tax cut for billionaires” is what the GOP means. Too bad these students are brainwashed by the likes of Prager”U”)

That, in a nutshell, is CLF’s strategy. While the group's new in-house research team digs for negative information on Democrats, its data department polls key swing districts to identify issues that high-propensity swing voters care about most. Then the group sends its volunteers to talk to those voters in person, armed with literature and talking points touting what GOP incumbents have done to advance those causes.




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The GOP is doing billionaire-funded fake grassroots outreach, led by brainwashed students.

What are WE doing? What are you and I doing? Let’s get out, make calls, and contribute to the real grassroots movement against the GOP and for American values and American democracy.

Good organizations include Kander’s Majority 54, the Progressive Turnout Project, and MoveOn.

If you have other organizations to recommend, post here.

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