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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Meet Darragh Murphy, Republican Astro-Turfer

Meet Darragh Murphy, 39-year-old mother of three, and founder of an alledgedly pro-Clinton Puma PAC, who was recently interviewed by New England Cable News Political Reporter, Alison King and was also a guest on Fox & Friends.

Meet Darragh Murphy, 39-year-old mother of three, and founder of an alledgedly pro-Clinton PAC called Puma, who was recently interviewed by New England Cable News Political Reporter, Alison King and was also a guest on Fox & Friends.

It was recently uncovered that her blog and her PAC are a lie, they are merely Republican astro-turf. Darragh Murphy is a mole for the McCain campaign. [ 2, 3, 5, 6 ]

Just read the links, especially this one. I would just like to add that it's also of interest that the people that are posting these pro-PUMA videos on YouTube, cancelledbysbc [ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ] and Flineo [ 1, 2, 3 ] only seem to post anti-Obama videos, never or rarely anything pro-Clinton.

McCain Brand Astro Turf

There are many pro-Clinton voters that have been hurt and disapointed by the long and difficult Democratic primary, and that genuinely wanted to see Hillary Clinton as the first woman president of the United United States. (I can think of one in particular that I am very fond of.)

Darragh Murphy is not one of those voters.

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At Tue Jul 01, 09:13:00 AM, Blogger Randal Graves said...

I don't know why you're getting all pissy about this, it says right there in the advertising that while being durable, it's less abrasive.

A kindler, gentler astroturf! That's something we can all make a diving catch on!

At Tue Jul 01, 09:19:00 AM, Blogger Übermilf said...

I'm with Randal.

Artificial things feel so much better than real ones.

Soothing lies that support my preconceived notions make me feel much better than that pesky truth that makes me think and wonder and all sorts of painful things.

At Tue Jul 01, 09:22:00 AM, Blogger Angry Ballerina said...

Bitch has a mac. Now I have to burn mine.

At Tue Jul 01, 09:55:00 AM, Blogger Unconventional Conventionist said...

She must be a plastic mole, because only they can survive on astro turf.

At Tue Jul 01, 10:26:00 AM, Blogger Dean Wormer said...

As someone who played football in high school I can tell you I preferred playing on real grass. Astroturf leaves nasty welts.

At Tue Jul 01, 11:01:00 AM, Blogger FranIAm said...

This really fucks me off.

At Tue Jul 01, 05:17:00 PM, Blogger Liberality said...

Thanks for the update :)

I was not aware of that!

At Tue Jul 01, 05:49:00 PM, Blogger pidomon said...

color me not surprised

At Tue Jul 01, 11:31:00 PM, Blogger BAC said...

Dr. Z, this reminds me of the Susan B. Anthony PAC that formed in the early 1990's. It was actually an anti-abortion PAC, but the organizers chose the name in the hope of confusing would-be contributors into thinking it was a "feminist" PAC.

And thanks for the nice comment.


At Wed Jul 02, 08:16:00 AM, Blogger Spirula said...

Yikes! Repubs really attracts the exsanguinated. Physically and morally.

At Wed Jul 02, 08:36:00 AM, Blogger mwb said...

Well, I'm always suspicious of such things, but I do wish Pandagon wouldn't do such sloppy reporting.

She also gave $650 to Senator Clinton this year.

But I recognize nuance only undermines blogger arguments.

Do I trust or support her? No.

Am I instead suspicious as heck? Oh, yes!

Am I equally suspicious of "former" Republican voters and donors who support Senator Obam? Oh, yes!

Would I ever support Senator McCain? No.

Do I make the leap to assume telepathic powers and presume to know her motivations based on such flimsy evidence? No.

At Wed Jul 02, 11:46:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

Pandagon is actually correct, Open Secret does only show one contribution. The contrution that you link to was made in the second quarter of 2008, and could have been made any time up to and until June 30th. (2 days ago.)

"All presidential candidates must report their fundraising activity through June 30 in detailed reports to the Federal Election Commission, due by July 15."

It is interesting that the contribution shows up on one source, and not the other. The opposite is true also, the 2000 McCain contribution does not show up on the Huffington post link. I am kind of curious how the Huffington Post even got the contribution information, as the data is not even due until July 15, roughly two weeks from today. On the other hand, the contribution is only one piece of evidence of something very fishy. The things that she has said are enough to make the whole scam stink to high heaven.

The PAC wasn't registered on 6/3/08, And I can't find any evidence that Darragh Murphy was supporting Sen. Clinton before that date. Clinton officially dropped out on 6/7/08. I find it a bit odd that a woman who has seemingly had not spoken up previously about Clinton at this point (except perhpas on YouTube, see below) in any way is suddenly asking for $10,000.

Remember, this is a woman that said on television that she was a life long Democrat, and yet had to have been registered as a Republican for this statement by her to be true:

"Thank you as well for reminding me that I DID EVERYTHING I COULD in 2000 to prevent GEORGE BUSH from becoming the Republican nominee, including donating money to McCain's campaign and voting for him in the Republican primary here in Massachusetts because I was confident that my hero, AL GORE, would win the primary for the Democrats."

And if she did in fact contribute $650 to the Clinton campaign in May (for example), why didn't she mention that in this exchange with Rumproast?

Remember, she says that she is a life long Democrat, and yet had to be registered as a Republican to vote for McCain in 2000. The words go around in circles.

According to Church of Shiny Objects, the YouTube account "cancelledbysbc" is Darragh Murphy, and on the YouTube account (whoever it is) the content of their videos is almost exclusively anti-Obama. The Account was started in Feruary, 2008. Why would a Clinton supporter concentrate only on Obama, and post almost nothing about Clinton for all of that time?

Note that this video posted by "cancelledbysbc" is dated June 10, 2008, and mentions the PUMA PAC, as do all of the subsequent videos.

The PUMA PAC wasn't registered until 6/3/08. The first post on the blog wasn't until June 26th, 2008. The video mentions the PUMA PAC 16 days before they were on the internet, and one day after it was received at the FEC office. [ ]

It would seem likely that whoever "cancelledbysbc" is, they are part of the PUMA PAC - and they don't post pro-Clinton videos, only anti-Obama videos. That makes me think that this is further evidence of Astro Turf.

At Wed Jul 02, 12:22:00 PM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

Check out Will Bower website. It is an empty shell, and yet he got on FOX News and the radio. He wants the world to know that he is NOT Co-Founder of PU:

"I just wanted you to know that -- whilst I am on very good terms with Darragh Murphy and the people over at PUMA PAC, and that we are both members of the Just Say NO DEAL coalition -- that our organizations are separate entities."

His name has been scrubbed from Wikipedia. It used to say:

"Will Bower Co-founder of PUMA[citation needed], helped launch 'Just Say No Deal,' a coalition of more than 80 groups[citation needed]against the selection of Barack Obama as the 2008 Democratic Presidential Nominee."

Also scrubbed was this:

"Darragh Murphy created the political action committee PUMA PAC, People United Means Action, and the website Although she proclaims to be a lifelong democrat, however, she contributed $500 to the John McCain campaign in 2000. That same year, she also voted for John McCain[citation needed]in the Massachusettes primary, a state that requires that an individual is either registered as a Republican or "unenrolled" to vote in the Republican Primary.[citation needed]"

[ cached Wikipedia and present page and Wikipedia Talk: page ]

At Thu Jul 03, 10:11:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

Randal Graves: In the context expresed, Astro Turf refers to a form of lying. Kind of like American sports are a way of lying to American males that watching athletes running around with a rubber ball is in any way interesting. (Women's Volleyball is of course exluded from this observation.) ;o)

Übermilf: Which is actually more pleasing - Soothing lies or preconceived notions?

Angry Ballerina: I almost think that the computer was prominantly placed in the news story to reafirm that the womman was a Democrat in some way. Everybody knows that Republicans don't buy MACs!

Unconventional Conventionist: Ah, but only the viewers need to ingest the Astro Turf! She only has to produce it. Still, she does sort of look like a Stepford Wife.

Dean Wormer: You played football in high school? I hate football! My condolences. ;o)

FranIAm: Me too! This sort of thing should be exposed, whether it is Republican or Democrats that do it.

Liberality: So glad to be of help, Liberality!

Pidomon: Yes, that is indeed an accurate observation. Not surprising at all.

BAC: Ack! I have a vague memory of that PAC, I think. We can't let a primary election come between us, BAC. We are fellow bloggers after all!

Spirula: "Exsanguinated??" Cool! I love 25 cent words. And they are indeed bleeding us dry, physically and morally.

MWB: See above.

At Fri Jul 04, 09:57:00 PM, Blogger Swinebread said...

Good info!

Keep up the good work

At Mon Jul 07, 08:04:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

Thanks, Swinebread! :o)


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