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American's for Prosperity, crossing the line?

 A conservative group is refusing to apologize for plastering Detroit homes with phony eviction notices earlier this week in a bid to get out their message of opposition to a proposed bridge project.

"It was meant to startle people," Americans for Prosperity state director Scott Hagerstrom told The Detroit Free Press."We really wanted people to take notice. This is the time that their opinions need to be heard. We wanted people to read it." One of the group's founders is billionaire Koch Industries executive vice President David Koch, and the organization has played a prominent role in organizing tea party and conservative events.

The flyers said "eviction notice" in big block letters and then warned residents that the state of Michigan could take their homes to make way for a new proposed bridge to Canada, the New International Trade Crossing bridge.


Some residents were panicked, though it's unclear how many actually believed the flyer. "I thought they were trying to kick us all out for nothing," resident Juan Ybarra told Fox Detroit.

Republican donor Manuel (Matty) Moroun is lobbying against the proposed bridge because it would siphon traffic and tolls from his privately owned Ambassador bridge that traverses the same span between Detroit and Ottawa. Moroun would like a second bridge--but one that he would own.

Moroun's company told the Free Press that it had nothing to do with the fake eviction notices, though Americans for Prosperity's Hagerstrom would not reveal if the group has received money from the bridge company to help fund its anti-public bridge campaign.

It's true that "several" residents of Detroit would lose their homes under eminent domain if the bridge does get built, according to MLive. They would be compensated 125 percent of the homes' value. Democratic State Senator Coleman Young II told Fox Detroit that the people whose homes would be seized if the proposal passes have been told already.


Asked by sweet-a-kins at 9:14 AM on Jun. 10, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Yes. They were crossing the line. Mattie Maroon...the dude funding American's for Prosperity is a total dickwad and i hope he rots in hell. The rep. for that area though, Rashida Tailb...she's a total badass and she's got thier back.

    Dickwad Maroon owns the bridge and wanted to be able to build the other one but Canada didn't want him to so they offered to pay our portion. Dickwad also owns a trucking company and want's to be able to move his trucks back and forth over the bridge for free. Again...i hope he rots in hell. He's a total pig.

    Answer by UpSheRises at 7:29 PM on Jun. 10, 2011

  • Kind of makes me think of the commercial where they dump the granny in the wheelchair over the cliff.

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:37 AM on Jun. 10, 2011

  • That was pretty darn stupid. What would happen if an older person saw that big headline on their sheet of paper and had an instant heart attack, fearing the loss of their home? What would those smart-A$$ Americans for Prosperity do about that? They would probably think that there was one less "poor person" in America and celebrate.
    Especially someone on the edge. Who has missed a mortgage payment or suddenly lost a job. Not only was it stupid, it was insensitive

    Answer by adnilm at 10:50 AM on Jun. 10, 2011

  • Oh my Gawd, that is seriously messed up.
    Americans for whose prosperity?
    The only thing that these people noticed was that Americans for Prosperity are assholes

    Answer by adnilm at 9:19 AM on Jun. 10, 2011

  • LOL....its lame steam media.

    LOL even more, its STREAM not steam. If you are going to correct someone, at least be right, yourself.

    Answer by Carpy at 4:51 PM on Jun. 10, 2011

  • LOL What "LINE". There is no line anymore. The Democrats and their uber rich friend Soros and the lame street media have proven that.
    Every state has their own chapter of Americans for Prosperity and they decide how they want to go about the business of trying to educate the people in their area. While this may not have been the best way to do it I think most people would go on to actually READ the flyer they received (unless they were congress members since they don't read anything put in front of them). I certainly would have read a piece of paper that said EVICTION NOTICE at the top. After the housing problems you would think everyone should know to read everything including all fine print.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 9:56 AM on Jun. 10, 2011

  • minnesotanice

    Answer by minnesotanice at 10:39 AM on Jun. 10, 2011

  • ,.....CREDIBILTY. In other words, do we trust them to know what is really going on?


    big smile mini


    Answer by minnesotanice at 10:45 AM on Jun. 10, 2011

  • LOL....its lame steam media....not street....if you are going to steal lines from the idiot savant (hold the savant) least you can do is get it right!

    Actually is lame stReam media....not steam. If you're going to correct someone at least YOU can get it RIGHT.

    Answer by DSamuels at 6:19 PM on Jun. 10, 2011

  • Seems rather mean... I mean I would have panicked to before reading it nad chances are I would have only skimmed it first before calling and panicking my DH as well... After all this we would read it through and realize ti was a somewhat 'cruel' advertisement. Though I see their point this *may* not have been the best way to make friends....

    Answer by But_Mommie at 9:19 AM on Jun. 10, 2011