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Paid Protesters Heckle Romney?


It’s more likely than you think.  According to at least some of the anti-Romney protesters out there, the phrase rent-a-mob is a bit more spot on than the President’s campaign is willing to admit.  Buzzfeed has more…

DeWitt, Mich. — The protesters popping up at Mitt Romney’s rallies throughout Michigan Tuesday look like run-of-the-mill grassroots liberals — they wave signs about “the 99 percent,” they chant about the Republican’s greed, and they describe themselves as a loosely organized coalition of “concerned citizens.”

They’re also getting paid, two of the protesters and an Obama campaign official told BuzzFeed.


At the candidate’s afternoon stop outside a bakery in DeWitt, a group of about 15 protesters stood behind a police barricade, a few of them chanting in support of Obama. Asked why he was protesting, a man dressed in a grim reaper costume pointed a reporter to a pair of “designated representatives” standing in the shade.


“I can’t talk, you gotta get one of those people over there to talk to y’all,” he said. “They’re the ones who can talk to reporters.”


Neither of the representatives agreed to give their names, but two protesters said they were getting paid to stand outside of the rally, though their wage is unclear: one said she was getting $7.25 per hour, while another man said they were being paid $17 per hour.

The story does go on to note that the nearby official Democrat protest claimed that the paid protesters were with an organized labor group, “Good Jobs Now.”

Come to think of it, I wonder is $7.25 represents a “living wage?”

And, after Wisconsin, can the union bosses only afford a paltry 15 protesters.  Times must be tough, I guess.

  • Why am I not surprised that this is going on? It wouldn’t shock me to find out some of the Occupy crowd is doing the same thing.

  • I wouldn’t be surprised Matt, Obama is struggling and it is hard for people to actually go out and support him without this little incentive. I find it interesting these people are making a few bucks to protest a man for making a few bucks during his life.

  • Jim

    hell, Hugo Chavez does this all the time but on a much grander scale. Of course, he can get by paying a lot less. I keep saying that the similarities between Obama and Chavez are frightening.

    BTW, Matt, I really like your new look at CH 2.0. For me it is much easier to read.