We've all seen Bruce Poliquin's campaign antics online- teenagers setting up the fake 'NRA members for Bruce' website, endless blog comments, the Otten video, and on and on. We all know Bruce Poliquin's campaign is being run by a Tennessee consultant named Tyler Harber, who has major legal problems in his background and who Tennessee bloggers say hacked their GOP Chair's email address.
So this article should put it all in perspective: Bruce Poliquin's campaign consultant Tyler Harber, in Politics Magazine.
Astroturfing is Campaigning
...if you examine the strategy and effect of astroturfing, you’ll quickly realize that it is actually just good campaigning and has been used by candidates and organizations for decades to grow actual bases of support.
...Building a legitimate grassroots movement of support for first time or unknown candidates means first creating the perception that there are people out there that are already supporting them....snip
...In the campaign world we don’t call it astroturfing, we call it base building.
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