A Craigslist ad post by the New York’s extreme liberal Working Families Party is apparently looking to hire people for $350 to $650 a week to “fight to hold Wall Street accountable.” The “immediate hires” must be “outgoing, articulate, dedicated, determined,” and “energetic communicators,” the ad says. But “this is not a policy job! Through direct action you will be shaping NY state politics for the next 20 years.” This appears to be another example Astroturfing – liberals paying people to attend the Occupy Wall Street protests. Within the past few days TENAC (Tenants Advocacy Coalition) admitted that the protesters they brought to join the Occupy Wall Street movement were paid for their “work,” while another protester admitted to making $22 an our for full time protesting.
“This sure looks like Astroturfing to me: The ad doesn’t specify what you’re supposed to do for $350 a week,” says Ed Morrissey at Hot Air, but “the headline strongly suggests that the position entails getting paid to protest,” and “‘direct action’ usually means protesting.” The most obvious explanation, then, is that “WFP wants Astroturfers, presumably to join other Astroturfers,” on Wall Street. It would be interesting to know how many of the occupiers are already on WFP’s payroll.