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Anti-Romney Protesters Say They're Paid To Heckle
BuzzFeed ^ | June 19, 2012 | McKay Coppins

Posted on 06/19/2012 2:40:37 PM PDT by PJ-Comix

DeWitt, Mich. — The protesters popping up at Mitt Romney's rallies throughout Michigan Tuesday look like run-of-the-mill grassroots liberals — they wave signs about "the 99 percent," they chant about the Republican's greed, and they describe themselves as a loosely organized coalition of "concerned citizens."

They're also getting paid, two of the protesters and an Obama campaign official told BuzzFeed.

At the candidate's afternoon stop outside a bakery in DeWitt, a group of about 15 protesters stood behind a police barricade, a few of them chanting in support of Obama. Asked why he was protesting, a man dressed in a grim reaper costume pointed a reporter to a pair of "designated representatives" standing in the shade.

"I can't talk, you gotta get one of those people over there to talk to y'all," he said. "They're the ones who can talk to reporters."

Neither of the representatives agreed to give their names, but two protesters said they were getting paid to stand outside of the rally, though their wage is unclear: one said she was getting $7.25 per hour, while another man said they were being paid $17 per hour.

Meanwhile, about 50 feet away, another protest had been organized by local Democrats in conjunction with the Obama campaign. A campaign official told BuzzFeed they had nothing to do with the other group — which he said he believed they had been sent by the labor-backed "Good Jobs Now" — and confirmed that they were being paid.

"I mean, it's a free country, they can go anywhere they want, but they're not with us," the official said.

The protesters also made an appearance at Romney's rally in Frankenmuth earlier in the day. There, a young man who identified himself only as Demarcus stood with a group of about five others, stopping reporters after the candidate's speech and saying they were there "to represent the 99 percent and tell Romney to stand up for us." He said he was from the group, "Good Jobs Now," but did not indicate whether he was being paid.

Brittany Smith, a spokeswoman for Good Jobs Now, confirmed that they had protesters at the events, but said their "activists are NOT paid to protest. We are a statewide community advocacy group."

The politics of heckling has been a point of frequent debate lately, with both campaigns allowing demonstrators to derail public events in recent weeks. At a press conference in Boston last month, Romney campaign aides and volunteers drowned out a press conference featuring David Axelrod. And the Romney campaign was forced to skip a scheduled stop at a WaWa gas station in Pennsylvania last Saturday after a group of protesters positioned themselves outside the location.

But while both sides enjoy a good, loud demonstration, it's generally acknowledged that paying people to protest is a form of cheating — which explains why the Obama campaign was quick to distance themselves from the group.

By the end of Romney's remarks, most of the "Good Jobs Now" group was standing in the shade, chatting amongst themselves and letting their signs hang to the the ground. And while the Democrats aligned with the Obama campaign continued to shout at rally-goers as they filed out of the event, the other group of demonstrators made their way down the street and loaded on to a charter bus.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: 2012election; 57states; astroturf; election2012; electioncampaign; kenyanbornmuzzie; mediawingofthednc; mittromney; mymuslimfaith; occubots; occutardation; occutards; occuturds; partisanmediashills
Neither of the representatives agreed to give their names, but two protesters said they were getting paid to stand outside of the rally, though their wage is unclear: one said she was getting $7.25 per hour, while another man said they were being paid $17 per hour.

It sounds like wage discrimination based on sex.

1 posted on 06/19/2012 2:40:51 PM PDT by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix

Terminally unemployed DUmmies?


2 posted on 06/19/2012 2:44:11 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: PJ-Comix

“one said she was getting $7.25 per hour, while another man said they were being paid $17 per hour”

Well, maybe we should introduce these two!


4 posted on 06/19/2012 2:50:40 PM PDT by keats5 (Not all of us are hypnotized.)
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To: PJ-Comix; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows

The Jeckle Store called, they need more Heckles.

5 posted on 06/19/2012 2:52:57 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The media ignored the 40th anniversary of Bill Ayers' Pentagon bombing but not Watergate. Ask Why.)
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To: PJ-Comix

Hey, I’ll hickle romney for free!


6 posted on 06/19/2012 2:55:11 PM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness)
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To: PJ-Comix
their wage is unclear: one said she was getting $7.25 per hour, while another man said they were being paid $17 per hour.

Damn! These hecklers need to form a union and stop this blatantly sexist low wage policy!!

Hecklers
Organized
SERvices

HOSERS!!

7 posted on 06/19/2012 2:55:51 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (Bain Capital would not have bought Solyndra)
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To: PJ-Comix
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8 posted on 06/19/2012 2:57:56 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: PJ-Comix
Brittany Smith, a spokeswoman for Good Jobs Now, confirmed that they had protesters at the events, but said their "activists are NOT paid to protest. We are a statewide community advocacy group."

There is something about that statement that makes it a headscratcher for me....

9 posted on 06/19/2012 3:00:46 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: PJ-Comix

and they’re probably counted as “green jobs”, too.


10 posted on 06/19/2012 3:06:19 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Linda Frances

“Hey, I’ll hickle romney for free!”

On the flip side does that mean you would have to be paid to heckle Obama?


11 posted on 06/19/2012 3:07:48 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Parley Baer

I’ll heckle Obama for free too and bring the kids.


12 posted on 06/19/2012 3:19:09 PM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness)
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To: PJ-Comix

If I were Romney I’d mobilize the local tea party to “join” these people to hold signs like “We’re being paid by Obama”, and “I don’t pay taxes”, “etc”. Things to make liberals look stupid (if that wasn’t already obvious)/.

J.S.


13 posted on 06/19/2012 3:35:44 PM PDT by JSDude1
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To: PJ-Comix

Wow, they should move to Detroit. Craigslist Detroit had ads for OWS protestors at 13.00 an hour.


14 posted on 06/19/2012 3:36:55 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: PJ-Comix
do I really have to say it???

15 posted on 06/19/2012 3:52:39 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: PJ-Comix

SEIU? AFL-CIO?


16 posted on 06/19/2012 4:28:00 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Socialism isn't going to work this time, either.)
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To: wjcsux

This is why we have got them beat.


17 posted on 06/19/2012 5:23:35 PM PDT by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: PJ-Comix; Liz; sickoflibs

Rent-a-crowd... I’ll bet the ‘doting court eunuchs’ of the MSM fail to notice this story.


18 posted on 06/20/2012 6:05:41 AM PDT by GOPJ (The 'doting court eunuchs' of the MSM fail to notice...)
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To: PJ-Comix; Liz; sickoflibs

Rent-a-crowd... I’ll bet the ‘doting court eunuchs’ of the MSM fail to notice this story.


19 posted on 06/20/2012 6:10:43 AM PDT by GOPJ (The 'doting court eunuchs' of the MSM fail to notice...)
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To: JSDude1
We could carry signs saying:

ATTENTION Doting Court Eunuchs of the MSM: Dem 'protesters' are paid to be here...EXPOSE RENT-A-CROWD...do your friggin' job.

20 posted on 06/20/2012 6:16:25 AM PDT by GOPJ (The 'doting court eunuchs' of the MSM fail to notice...)
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To: GOPJ

dog bites man

When your supporters are of the mindset/worldview that the left promotes, they won’t do anything out of principle - they’re too entitlement minded and lazy.


21 posted on 06/20/2012 6:19:54 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: GOPJ; PJ-Comix; Liz
I DVR Your World (Cavuto) each day and a regular guest is a cute young libertarian Michelle Fields who specializes in these sorts of investigations on camera. She got OWS protesters to admit on camera that they were paid,

Here she is asking rich liberal millionaires who claim they want to pay higher taxes if they will donate money to the Federal government, she is really good :

Patriotic Millionaires.avi (Michelle Fields interviews )

Michelle Fields talks about the paid 'Occupy CPAC' protesters (interviews them)

22 posted on 06/20/2012 6:30:22 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is a liberal. Just watch him closely try to screw us.)
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To: sickoflibs
Wonderful links sick... Michelle Fields called them out. I heard heard this 'the rich should pay more' stuff some years ago and mentioned that going to H&R Block - rather than hiring the best CPA's in town might have the same effect. Also mentioned the 'could send a check' thing...

She's on the same page with real people ... that's refreshing for what's become an elitist profession.

23 posted on 06/20/2012 6:47:09 AM PDT by GOPJ (The 'doting court eunuchs' of the MSM fail to notice...)
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To: raccoonradio; tbw2; Blood of Tyrants; The Working Man; traditional1; TwelveOfTwenty; KoRn; ...

The ‘doting court eunuchs’ of the MSM fail to notice...

ping


24 posted on 06/20/2012 8:08:00 AM PDT by GOPJ (The 'doting court eunuchs' of the MSM fail to notice...)
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To: GOPJ; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks GOPJ.


25 posted on 06/20/2012 2:53:45 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: GOPJ

Paid protesters are a Rat standard. About 10 years ago when the anti-income tax protests were in full swing virtually all the pro-tax “protesters” were paid. At quitting time, everyone of them would put their signs away and go home.


26 posted on 06/20/2012 3:04:20 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
Ijits on parade.
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27 posted on 06/20/2012 3:05:47 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: popdonnelly

George Soros


28 posted on 06/20/2012 3:09:45 PM PDT by exnavy (The time is upon us, fish or cut bait, may God guide your heart.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
About 10 years ago when the anti-income tax protests were in full swing virtually all the pro-tax “protesters” were paid. At quitting time, everyone of them would put their signs away and go home.

Thanks for sharing. Many freepers have one piece of the puzzle - yours in interesting. I didn't know about it. My piece is 'citizens' who write dem 'letters to the editor' are paid professionals too. I spoke to one years ago - he was telling me how thrilled they were to have access to the internet - so they could copy the way everyday Americans wrote.

29 posted on 06/20/2012 3:43:13 PM PDT by GOPJ (The 'doting court eunuchs' of the MSM fail to notice...)
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To: PJ-Comix
The protesters also made an appearance at Romney's rally in Frankenmuth earlier in the day. There, a young man who identified himself only as Demarcus stood with a group of about five others, stopping reporters after the candidate's speech

He's an out of towner, probably from Flint, Saginaw, Mt Morris, Buena Vista, or Bridgeport. He was either paid, bussed, and given some form of compensation. There's aren't too many people named Demarcus in Frankenmuth.

30 posted on 06/21/2012 2:48:08 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (The Republican Party is bigger than the presidency.)
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To: Darren McCarty

IIRC, one could get some world-class fried chicken in Frankenmuth back in the day (1950s).


31 posted on 06/21/2012 2:55:43 PM PDT by Ax
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To: Ax

Zehnder’s is still there. So’s Bavarian Inn.


32 posted on 06/22/2012 12:32:37 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (The Republican Party is bigger than the presidency.)
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