The embattled Koch brother’s astroturf group Americans for Prosperity hopes to staunch the skewering they’ve been receiving in Montana for the last year or so by trying to make their members a more social media savvy.
A “Social Media Warrior” training will be hosted by MTGOP young guns Chris Puyer and Caleb Hinkle. AFP wants you to know that the battle for a capitalized “Free Society” is “100% free,” in case anyone was worried that we might be asked to pay for the opportunity to be cajoled into helping the Koch brothers do online damage control.
Indeed, the right wing has tried things like this every couple of year or so, but to no avail. AFP’s past attempts at online activism have only provoked ridicule, a growing slate of AFP parody twitter accounts, and mocking memes.
You may recall the effort to rebrand conservatives as “MTGOP Young Guns” if only because the effort received national ridicule. (It petered out within a matter of weeks.)
Americans for Prosperity’s stumbles go far beyond social media. They sent out a press release for an event at the “University of Montana Bozeman.” This embarrassing mistake comes just months after AFP-Montana said “millions of Montanans” were against Medicaid expansion.
A series of town hall meetings AFPers had hoped would defeat medicaid expansion blew up in their faces. They also attempted to attract members with extreme couponing classes, but missed the mark when it came out their campaign swag was made in China. (So much for their hope to be seen as concerned for the American economy.) The fact that a staffer was charged with rape certainly didn’t help–especially when the man, Evan Koch, asked the judge in February for permission to leave the state to attend CPAC. AFP announced (after the story came out) that it had placed the staffer on administrative leave.