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  1. #1 Secretive Leftwing Network Discovered through WI Records Law 
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    Secretive Leftwing Network Discovered through WI Records Law
    By: Nathan Schacht
    mediatrackers.org
    July 29, 2014
    A low-profile Google Group used by over 1,000 state and national leftwing leaders and activists has been discovered thanks to Wisconsin’s open records law. A Media Trackers inquiry into the actions of a University of Wisconsin professor turned up records and communications from “Gamechanger Salon,” an online community that provides a forum for leftwing activists and leaders to share tactics, strategies and opinions.

    Operating as a closed Google Group, much of what the network does is unavailable for public review. However, a document listing the network’s membership and a policy manual describing the mission and ground rules for the entity were accessible when Media Trackers discovered a non-password protected link in the emails obtained through an open records request of a University of Wisconsin professor.
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    The group has the self-described goal of creating a “more coordinated” movement for liberals across the country. Among those included on the membership list are:

    Damon Silver, Policy Director for the AFL-CIO
    Benjamin Joffe-Walk, Chief of Staff at Change.org
    Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK
    Elizabeth Rose, Director of Communications at the Economic Policy Institute
    Philip Radford, Executive Director of Greenpeace until earlier this year
    Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL
    Raven Brooks, Executive Director of Netroots Nation
    Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee
    Deirdre Schifeling, National Director Organizing & Electoral Campaigns for Planned Parenthood

    The group’s policy manual directs members to abstain from forwarding emails to recipients outside the group. It does warn, however, that with 1,000-plus members, anyone emailing the group should not say anything “you wouldn’t want to be subpoenaed by a Grand Jury or broadcast on Fox News.”
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    In addition to the prominent leaders and activists listed above, Gamechanger Salon also includes members of the leftwing “media” such as: Amanda Terkel, Senior Political Reporter and Politics Managing Editor at The Huffington Post, Ryan Grim, Washington bureau chief for The Huffington Post and MSNBC contributor, Josh Dorner, Communications Director at ThinkProgress, and Angelo Carusone, Executive Vice President at Media Matters.
    This article does not claim that anything in this is illegal, despite the caution in the Google group's membership Manual (linked at the bottom of the article), not to send to the group "you wouldn’t want to be subpoenaed by a Grand Jury or broadcast on Fox News." At this point (possibly excepting the potential for IRS consequences for non-profits - not going to happen with BHO's IRS) the important information in this is that all of these organizations and media outlets are not only partisan, but also are at times presenting a coordinated message/narrative. These social organizations and news/opinion media need to be understood as speaking with one voice.

    As for Media Trackers' original investigation that uncovered this, my guess/assumption is that they were investigating whether the UW professor may have used UW resources for his own partisan purposes.
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    I hope Nathan took a shit-ton of screen-shots, because they're no doubt trying to dismantle any evidence of its existence at this very moment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Wood View Post
    I hope Nathan took a shit-ton of screen-shots, because they're no doubt trying to dismantle any evidence of its existence at this very moment.
    True.
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