Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Cultivating Astroturf Support

Today's Post has a piece on an increasingly familiar phenomenon, developers using fake grassroots support (i.e. "astroturf) to try to win the favor of county governments in the face of increasing citizen mobilization.

We've seen this in Anne Arundel County with John Pantelides' creation of the sham "Alliance for Fair Land Use." Pantelides is, of course, the developer lobbyist who gets paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to help turn Anne Arundel County into whatever paved paradise developers desire.

It's important for citizens to be aware of these fake fronts and expose them wherever they rear their greed-driven mugs.



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