Via blogger Nathan Newman I found another site claiming to monitor the subversive and supposedly hidden connections between social justice foundations, individual donors, and activist organizations. ActivistCash.com claims to monitor “anti-consumer organizations.” It identifies itself as a project of the Center for Consumer Freedom, which is basically a lobbying organization for large food producers.
Both ActivistCash.com and the CCF are very slick, and obviously well-funded. They claim to represent grass-roots anger at the those nasty folks who would deprive freedom loving Americans of their hot dogs, hamburgers, beer, and fur coats. The CCF in particular is using rhetoric about the threat of neo-prohibitionism (by which they mean the likes of Mothers Against Drunk Driving). Needless to say, the fact that they are funded by an industry lobbying organization tends to cast doubt on their grass rootedness.
Do these folks and Discoverthenetwork.org represent a response to the success of internet organizing by Howard Dean, MoveOn.org, and other progressive organizations during the last election cycle?
More later on these sites. More also on tolerance, antiradicalism, public relations, academic freedom, and the murky nature of populist political rhetoric and action.