"Staffers for corporate front group organizing anti-health rallies refuse to reveal their names."
On Tuesday, right-wing billionaire David Koch’s Americans for Prosperity (AFP) organized yet another anti-health reform rally on Capitol Hill. Part of AFP’s strength is its secrecy. The organization, a front group for corporate interests, has set up multiple other front groups and tea party events to create a veneer of public support for its agenda. ThinkProgress attempted to interview AFP staffers who were coordinating the event, but they refused to even reveal their real names:
TP: What’s your name?
AFP STAFFER: Puddin Tain. … Puddin Tain. [...]
PROTESTER: What’s your name?
TP: My name’s Lee Fang.
PROTESTER: Lee Fang? Are you an American?
TP: Why do you ask?
PROTESTER: I’m just asking a question, just as you are.
Working quietly earlier this year, AFP’s staffers made calls and organized the very first tea party anti-Obama protests. On its website, AFP lists at least 63 staffers, but there may be more. AFP, which is led by astroturf lobbyist Tim Phillips, has spent millions blanketing the country with ads, on anti-health reform road shows, and even on buses to bring protesters to DC. Can’t we at least know who is behind the effort?