WFP Wants to Stick it to Limbaugh
October 12th, 2011

The Working Families Party is responding to rumors that they are paying Wall Street protesters–rumors propagated by right-wing talk show hosts–by reminding supporters that they aren’t really rich enough to do that. That of course doesn’t mean they wouldn’t mind having that kind of change and so they are asking supporters for some dough.

“Beck, Limbaugh and a slew of paranoid right-wing conspiracy theorists found a job listing we posted for field organizers and are using it to spread a rumor that the protesters down at Occupy Wall Street are being paid to protest by WFP,” reads the letter to supporters.

“Were organizing for jobs and fair taxes from Buffalo to Babylon, but hiring people to occupy Wall Street? Get real. Have you seen the photos? At times there are thousands of people there. Imagine us having that kind of budget. It would be nice. But we do what we can with what we have, and weve grown steadily over the years. We may not have powerful donors like the Koch Brothers or Rupert Murdoch backing us, but we have thousands upon thousands of ordinary citizens and workers and students. Can you chip in $15 to help us put more organizers on the ground to fight for decent jobs, fair taxes, and corporate accountability?”

Here is the entire email:

Dear friend,

The right wing media thinks we’re paying all these people.

We’re not. But you can help us fight for the change they demand by making a donation of $15 today!

When you get under the skin of Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, you know youre doing something right.

Beck, Limbaugh and a slew of paranoid right-wing conspiracy theorists found a job listing we posted for field organizers and are using it to spread a rumor that the protesters down at Occupy Wall Street are being paid to protest by WFP.

Were organizing for jobs and fair taxes from Buffalo to Babylon, but hiring people to occupy Wall Street? Get real. Have you seen the photos? At times there are thousands of people there. Imagine us having that kind of budget.

It would be nice. But we do what we can with what we have, and weve grown steadily over the years. We may not have powerful donors like the Koch Brothers or Rupert Murdoch backing us, but we have thousands upon thousands of ordinary citizens and workers and students.

Can you chip in $15 to help us put more organizers on the ground to fight for decent jobs, fair taxes, and corporate accountability?

https://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/1306/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=7322

Watching the Occupy Wall Street movement grow over the past few weeks has been inspiring. Were proud to support them, and we think they are doing the whole nation a service. They are shining a light where it needs to be shined.

Its no exaggeration to say that the OWS movement has sparked the imaginations of people around the nation, just as Wisconsin and Tunisia and Egypt did last winter. Everyone knows the economy is out of whack. We too are the 99%. Last week, more than 1,000 Working Families supporters joined us to march down to Wall Street in solidarity.

Its no surprise that the movement’s success makes Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck uncomfortable. Theyre card-carrying members of the 1% if weve ever seen them. Glenn Beck reportedly earns about $130,000 per day. Rush just got a new $400 million radio contract. And both use their huge megaphones to defend the misdeeds of the bankers and the hedge funders, preferring to blame were not kidding here the working class and poor for the economic collapse.

Our field organizers — who that ad was intended to recruit — do the critical but unglamorous work that it takes to turn popular anger into legislative wins. They knock on doors; they register voters; they organize small meetings, and then bigger ones. They make endless reminder calls.

Beck and Limbaugh are trying to de-legitimize both the Occupy Wall Street movement and the WFP. Imagine the look on their smug mugs when they realize that their little lie helped make our movement stronger.

If you’d like to help us advance our work in fighting for the ideals we share, you can chip in here.

Thanks for your support political, moral and financial.

Dan Cantor
Executive Director, WFP

PS. If youre in New York City, try to stop by Liberty Plaza/Zuccotti Park at least once to join in and add your voice. You wont regret it. If you cant make it, any help you can give is welcomed. They need basic supplies, from sleeping bags to pizza. Reply to this email for more information on how to help.

PPS. Media Matters has a blog post debunking the paranoid WFP bankrolls OWS theory, but of course it hasn’t stopped the right wing blogs. What a country. Click here to read it.

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4 Responses to “WFP Wants to Stick it to Limbaugh”

  1. Rich Says:
    October 12th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    This is a head-on collision of the sleazy left versus the sleazy right.

    The WFP recruiting ad Beck and Limbaugh seized on clearly is to hire their new canvassers, though it does mention “Wall Street” to presumably stir the ideological juices of potential new hires, and its no surprise that right wing talk radio would twist this into meaning they are hiring protesters. That said, WFP are no angels. They always exploit attacks on them to try and shake down more money from supporters (as they did last year when a lone nut sent fake anthrax to their office), and for all of the high-minded progressive rhetoric, they’re not a real “party” in they don’t run their own candidates, instead cutting deals with local party bosses to try and get their piece of the pie. They were never crazy about Cuomo’s austerity program when he was a candidate for government, then “endorsed” it when it meant their ballot status (and political survival) and have been backing away from him ever since the moment he took his hand off the bible.

    Phony Republicans. Phony Democrats. A perfect example to go with a (real) third-party in 2012.

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