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Organizing for America is astroturfing newspapers and massively community organizing for ObamaCare

Why is Barack Obama’s Organizing for America still astroturfing newspapers (list below) and still community organizing BEFORE meeting with Republicans at the Blair House to finally listen to their ideas?

This is from Organizing for America–today–and it sure doesn’t sound like they’re starting from scratch and “listening to the best ideas”:

5 million hours?
Mitch Stewart, BarackObama.com to you
Sun, Feb 14, 2010 12:58 pm
Barry —

In just the last 3 days, OFA volunteers like you have pledged an incredible 4,000,000 (and counting!) hours to support members of Congress and candidates who fight for real health reform.

We can prove to Congress that health reform is good policy (LIE!–B.P.) and good politics (LIE!–B.P.), but we need to go as big as possible. So today we’re setting a new goal: 5 million hours pledged.

If we hit it, the country will know. We’ll be running an ad with the final tally in USA Today, the nation’s largest newspaper. And to make sure your voice is heard where it matters most, we’ll run radio ads in critical states and districts, featuring local voters announcing the pledge total from their area.

Your hours will make a huge difference wherever you live, and there’s many different ways to get involved. Can you help us hit 5 million hours by pledging today?

http://my.barackobama.com/YouFight

Beginning soon, we’ll talk to voters state-by-state, district-by-district, about why it’s important to stand with those who fight for progress and reform — and reject those who stand with big insurers to protect a status quo that is devastating our economy, families, and businesses.

Thanks for making it happen,

Mitch

P.S. — My email from earlier in the week explaining how our “You fight, we’ll fight” program works is below.

—————Original Message—————
From: Mitch Stewart, BarackObama.com
Subject: You fight, we’ll fight

Friend —

As we head into an election year, the new strategy for killing reform is claiming that members of Congress who vote for it will suffer at the polls.

For months, our opponents have spread lies (LIE!–B.P.) about reform to scare voters away. But the simple truth about what reform would actually do — save jobs (LIE!–B.P.), guarantee all Americans affordable, stable coverage (LIE!–B.P.), and significantly reduce the deficit (INCREDIBLE LIE!–B.P.) — is something most Americans strongly support.

The question is, come November, will the voters know the facts?

OFA supporters have asked for a way to show every member of Congress that if they fight for reform now, we’ll back them up this election season.

That’s why we’re launching “You fight, we’ll fight” — a volunteer pledge bank where you can commit your time to back up candidates and officials who fight hard for health reform.

We’re shooting for 1,000,000 hours pledged to spread the word to fellow voters. And if we get there, we’ll publish the total hours pledged in USA Today, so there will be no doubt that health reform is both good policy and good politics.

President Obama has made it crystal clear that he has no intention of walking away from health reform — and this movement has made its desire to fight on just as clear.:

It’s “crystal clear” he’s ramming his socialism down our throats.

As usual, OFA has encouraged people to write form letters to the editor of newspapers. Even after Ellie Lite–a letter-to-the-editor scandal most newspapers never covered–newspapers have printed these OFA-aided letters. Here’s an OFA astroturfed newspaper list of what I’ve found so far:

Newsvine.com, February 6, 2010
Aspen (CO) Daily News, February 8, 2010
Aspen (CO) Times, February 8, 2010
Ogden (UT) Standard-Examiner, February 8, 2010
Campe Verde (AZ) Bugle, February 9, 2010
Verde Independent (Cottonwood, AZ), February 9, 2010
Santa Cruz (CA) Sentinel, February 9, 2010
Tracy (CA) Press, February 9, 2010
Greeley (CO) Tribune, February 9, 2010
Athens (GA) Banner-Herald, February 9, 2010
Baltimore (MD) Sun, February 9, 2010
Holland (MI) Sentinel, February 9, 2010
Lansdale (PA) Reporter, February 9, 2010
Delmarva (FL) Daily Times, February 10, 2010
Ames (IA) Tribune, Feburary 10, 2010
Garden City (KS) Telegram, February 10, 2010
South Washington County Bulletin (Cottage Grove, MN), February 10, 2010
Tifton (TN) Gazette, February 10, 2010
Chico (CA) News & Review, February 11, 2010
North County (CA) Times, February 11, 2010
Ventura County (CA) Star, February 11, 2010
Boulder (CO) Daily Camera, February 11, 2010
Chicago (IL) Daily Herald, February 11, 2010
Naperville (IL) Sun, February 11, 2010
Newburyport (MA) Daily News, February 11, 2010
Grand Forks (ND) Herald, February 11, 2010
Grand Junction (CO) Daily Sentinel, February 12, 2010
The Ledger (Lakeland, FL), February 12, 2010
Macon.com, February 12, 2010
Alexandria (LA) Town Talk, February 12, 2010
Bangor (ME) Daily News, February 12, 2010
Seacoastonline.com (ME), February 12, 2010
Escanaba (MI) Daily Press, February 12, 2010
Oakland (MI) Press, February 12, 2010
Kansas City (MO) Star, February 12, 2010
Elmira (NY) Star-Gazette, February 12, 2010
Staten Island (NY) Advance, February 12, 2010
Albany (OR) Democrat-Herald, February 12, 2010
Pittsburgh (PA) Post-Gazette, February 12, 2010
The Arizona Republic, February 13, 2010
Marin (CA) Independent Journal, February 13, 2010
Santa Maria (CA) Times, February 13, 2010
Honolulu (HI) Star-Bulletin, February 13, 2010
Baltimore (MD) Sun, February 13, 2010
Chicago (IL) Daily Herald, February 13, 2010
Rockford (IL) Register Star, February 13, 2010
Flint (MI) Journal, February 13, 2010
Cook County (MN) News-Herald, February 13, 2010
Elmira (NY) Star-Gazette, February 13, 2010
Erie (PA) Times-News, February 13, 2010
Wilkes-Barre (PA) Citizens’ Voice, February 13, 2010
Williamsport (PA) Sun-Gazette, February 13, 2010
Chattanooga (TN) Time Free Press, February 13, 2010
San Antonio (TX) Express-News, February 13, 2010
Cap Times (Madison, WI), February 13, 2010
Fresno (CA) Bee, February 14, 2010
Woodland (CA) Daily Democrat, February 14, 2010
Milford (MA) Daily News, February 14, 2010
Waltham (MA) Daily News Tribune, February 14, 2010
Easton (MD) Star-Democrat, February 14, 2010
Vicksburg (MS) Post, February 14, 2010
High Point (NC) Enterprise, February 14, 2010
Scranton (PA) Times-Tribune, February 14, 2010
Wilkes-Barre (PA) Citizens’ Voice, February 14, 2010
Petersburg (VA) Progress-Index, February 14, 2010
Lehigh Valley (PA) Express-Times, February 15, 2010

I searched for “I stand with President Obama” and “finish the job” and “$8047 per person.” About that last magic number, see also NewsBusters’s “Spectacular Fib: How Horrid PBS Health Care Reporting Morphed Into an Organizing For America Embarrassment” (February 8, 2010).

Notice that some newspapers printed similar letters more than once.

Here’s a February 13, 2010 blog post from the Macon Obamagraph:

Sarah Hunt emails form letter, gets published
By bendrr
Oh the irony!

On the very same day that a writer tells us all about the site my.barackobama.com and how it gives talking points for writing letters to the editor, and the editors of the obamagraph admit that they get bombarded with such letters, THE VERY SAME DAY, local liberal idiot Sarah Hunt uses THAT VERY WEBSITE and sends in a letter that SHE DIDN’T WRITE!

Is it any wonder why newspapers are going out of business?