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Americans for Prosperity Makes Anti-AstroTurf Signs

Last updated: July 31, 2020 | August 14, 2009 | Frazer Pugh

PITTSBURGH — At the start of Americans for Prosperity’s “Send Specter a Message Rally,” I talked to Esko and Rebecca Polvi, who were holding signs that read “I’m with Astroturf … ” and “NOT Paid to be Here.” The signs, it turned out, were part of a batch created by some Pennsylvania AFP volunteers. From the stage, AFP’s Dallas Woodhouse told the crowd to pick up a sign from a pre-made batch. Other slogans: “Kiss My AstroTurf!” and “Bonafide Grassroots American.”

Mocking the “AstroTurf” and “Brooks Brothers” and “angry mob” memes was a theme of nearly every speech at the rally, and many of the pre-made signs had small “AFP” markers on them. This isn’t a PR battle that AFP and its organizers think they’re losing; AfP President Tim Phillips told me that the campaign to “expose” the town hall protesters as “corporate plants” is backfiring on the Democrats.

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Esko and Rebecca Polvi.

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The signs on the stage.

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Another sign, with a proud AFP stamp.

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Frazer Pugh | I work in the investment management sector as a professional. Previously, I advised top financial services companies on balance sheet management, portfolio planning, and valuations as a consultant. I am currently pursuing a part-time MBA at Melbourne University, where I am a lecturer in accounting and hedge fund strategies, as well as a mentor/coach in a part-time equity analysis initiative. I have a bachelor's degree in economics, a master's degree in finance, and am a Chartered Accountant. I enjoy instructing and assisting others in achieving their objectives.


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