Fake Grassroots Right-Wing Think Tank is the Republican Con Job of the Day, May 26, 2011. Cenk Uygur MSNBC TV Video and Transcript.

For our Republican Con Job of the day, we have a great example of the Republicans pretending to speak for the people while actually doing the bidding of the rich. You are going to love this one. Last year Former Republican Senator Norm Coleman of Minnesota helped form the right-wing think tank, the American Network Action. They claim to be a grass roots group whose primary goal is to put our center-right ideas into action by engaging the hearts and minds of the American people and spurring them into active participation in our democracy.

Grass roots, democratic participation, American people? That all sounds pretty good, right? Well, the American people voicing their opinions would be terrific. Do you know how many people contributed to the American Action Network? Eleven (11). Not eleven thousand, eleven hundred, but just eleven.

Do you know how much they gave though? $2.75 million. When you look at that, it turns out that those eleven foks were really rich. Who could have seen that coming? The group got two checks for a million dollars. And the smallest donation that it received was for $25,000.

Now what do you think? Is that grass roots support for Republican ideas? Or is that rich people just buying our elections?

And what was the result of all of that money? Well, they bought ads like these to attack Democrats who actually cared about the middle class.

How can you tell the taxpayers in Steve Kagen’s district? We’re not so tough to spot. Kagen stripped us with the wasteful stimulus: $800 billion.

Congressman Martin Heinrich. Is robbing us to bring to Washington our tax money.

Meet Nancy Pelosi’s star pupil, Washington insider Chad Causey. Causey graduated from the Obama Pelosi team, that gave us the wasteful stimulus, the $1 trillion Health Care.

Do you get a sense from all of that? The theme is whatever you do, more tax cuts, and not spending on the middle class. No, you don’t want that.

Gee, I wonder why rich people gave these people money. By the way, who spent all of this money to make sure Republicans win? Well, it turns out, we have no idea. Because of new laws, the American Action Network isn’t required to disclose its donors at all, which is pretty convenient.

The group’s president claims that more donors contributed after the group’s startup, but of course he wouldn’t say how many or how much they gave. Oh, of course, we had plenty of variety. The third Koch brother came in and gave us money. And the Koch sisters came in and gave us money. Isn’t that grass roots? For the record, we don’t know if it’s the one Republican group that the Koch brothers did not give money to.

Now these guys claiming to be a grass roots group supported by average Americans while getting only eleven checks from incredibly wealthy donors is our Con Job of the day!

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