The AFL-CIO is doing its part to support the Occupy Wall Street protests.
Heritage Foundation investigative reporter Lachlan Markay discovered the union giant running Google advertisements to drum up support for the radical left-wing protests. In his latest report, he reveals that a simple Google search for “occupy wall street” will generate two sidebar ads that link to AFL-CIO websites. These ads generally cost 10 cents per click.
Markay reports that,
The first ad points to aflcio.org/iam99percent, where visitors are greeted with a contact form, an offer for a free bumper sticker, and the option of subscribing to “Occupy” news and event notifications.
The second ad points to a petition site run by Working America, which bills itself as a “Community Affiliate of the AFL-CIO.” The petition generally outlines the generic “Occupy” position on the evils of Wall Street. It even references Bank of America’s so-called “Durbin Fee” (though AFL-CIO declined to use that term), which compensated for price controls on debit cards’ merchant fees by imposing a $5 monthly fee for debit card users.
Though they’re lending their financial support to the protests, Big Labor doesn’t realize that mainstream America doesn’t agree with the Occupy movement. Several polls over the last few days have shown a disconnect between the movement and mainstream America. In fact, according to a USA Today/Gallup Poll, eighty-seven percent assigned blame for the economy to Washington instead of Wall Street.
Big Labor is likely going to get more involved in the political scene as 2012 closes in. But why are they running these ads since so many Americans see right through the Occupy movement?