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'Free Press' Using Third Parties to Push for Net Neutrality

Friday, 09 Jul 2010 11:51 AM

By Grover Norquist

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From the ATR website.

Remember when the socialist group Free Press was ousted for their failed effort to manufacture support in Congress for Internet regulation? Now they’re at it again with third party non-profits.

With the help of the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), Free Press last week released a letter with 150 non-profit signers calling for Net neutrality regulations on the Internet.

Only many of the signers do not work on telecom or media policy — or really policy at all — and some were outright opposed to Internet regulation or took no stance. Included in this incredibly bizarre coalition were Helping Hands Pet Rescue, Planned Parenthood of North Texas, Amazing Kids!, and the Dr. Pepper Museum.

Almost immediately, signers started backpedaling. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRFI) sent a letter to the FCC requesting their name be taken off the letter and said a rogue employee signed on without consent from the organization.

Then, it was realized that two of the signers ran the same organization, Network for Good. Another, Shaye Olmstead, signed twice — once from Helping Hands Pet Rescue and once from Operation Catnip.

Yesterday, an investigative piece in The Daily Caller found that some of the signers didn’t even know what Net neutrality was or were outright opposed to it.

Olmstead refused to return a call or e-mail when asked what Internet regulations had to do with pet rescue and spaying operations.

Melissa Ogden of Planned Parenthood of North Texas, said “I’m a member of the Nonprofit Technology, um, I can’t remember what it stands for, but they put the survey together.” Sounds like she has a vested interest in the FCC regulating the Internet.

Even worse, Jack McKinney of the Dr. Pepper Museum in Waco, Texas, wasn’t even aware their name was on the letter. When the reporter noted that the Internet isn’t currently regulated (as we’ve pointed out here, here, here, and here) McKinney interjected with “ . . . and thank God for that!”

He went on to note that the museum also runs the Free Enterprise Institute. “That isn’t good . . . I think someone has usurped us on this,” he said.

That usurper just so happens to be the socialist radicals at Free Press.

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