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Did lib orgs ‘cheat’ to keep free-market group from winning video contest?


MAYDAY PAC and are hosting a super-awesome video contest:

Our friend @MAYDAYUS is running a video contest to #GetMoneyOut w/ celeb. judges @ZephyrTeachout @GeorgeTakei + more

— Represent.Us (@RepresentDotUs) October 2, 2014

More from MAYDAY:

Inspired by MoveOn’s “Bush in 30 seconds” video ad contest from a decade ago, we’re asking citizens to create 30-second video ads that could be aired on national TV. Our all-star panel of judges – George Takei, Jason Alexander, Shepard Fairey, Zephyr Teachout, Marianne Williamson, Baratunde Thurston, Anna Galland and Cenk Uygur – will review the top entries and select the winners. 

We will feature and promote the winning ads on our site and on the web, and if the data shows it makes sense for the campaigns, we may air the ads in the districts.

Wow. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal, right? Well, free-market, limited-government group American Commitment decided to get in on it, too:

Don't forget to vote for our ad through 5pm tomorrow

— American Commitment (@AmerComm) October 15, 2014

Voting ends at 5pm TODAY for our ad in the @MoveON contest:

— American Commitment (@AmerComm) October 16, 2014

Steyer’s certainly an excellent ad subject:

A billionaire wants to stop people from voting:

— American Commitment (@AmerComm) October 15, 2014

. @TomSteyer only wants you to vote if its for a candidate of his choosing

— American Commitment (@AmerComm) October 16, 2014

Yesterday, American Commitment’s president Phil Kerpen made a little prediction:

We’re leading the public voting, but I suspect they’ll come up with a reason to not declare us the winner.

Looks like he may have been on to something:

Unbelievable. At the last minute, MoveOn is CHANGING THE RULES to try to stop our Steyer ad from winning!…

— American Commitment (@AmerComm) October 16, 2014

Hmmm …

! @MoveOn is changing the rules to stop our Anti-Steyer ad from winning. Don't let them. VOTE

— American Commitment (@AmerComm) October 16, 2014

Interesting timing. Because yeah, American Commitment is winning. And not by a little bit:

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LOL brand new last minute rules change to try prevent from winning MoveOn/MayDay contest!

— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) October 16, 2014

According to MAYDAY’s rules, the “all-star panel of judges” will be choosing from the top entries. And it’s pretty clear who’s at the top.

@kerpen "Submissions ends" Lol. More edits coming, I guess.

— Brian Faughnan (@BrianFaughnan) October 16, 2014

Like for “Thurdsday”?

"Thurdsday" deadline good indication MoveOn's mad rules-change dash over was well-considered.

— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) October 16, 2014


MoveOn and MayDay CHEAT with on-the-fly rules change to protect @TomSteyer, the biggest big money in politics.

— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) October 16, 2014

Pathetic. Changing the rules at the last minute to avoid embarrassment? Pathetic. RE

— Brian Faughnan (@BrianFaughnan) October 16, 2014

If you don't like the winner, change the rules!

— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) October 16, 2014

Just par for the progressive course, right?

Have you no shame, @lessig @benwikler?

— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) October 16, 2014

(That’s a rhetorical question.)

MayDay is against money in politics – except for the #1 guy, who has spent $42M+. @lessig

— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) October 16, 2014

Three cheers for hypocrisy!

Great thing about the super shady MoveOn/@Lessig rules change is it effectively concedes won their contest handily.

— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) October 16, 2014

So there is that.

Assume MoveOn will keep punting the deadline as long as we're winning? Or maybe they'll just make up fake votes? We know they are dishonest.

— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) October 16, 2014

Now that we know they cheat, they might as well just make up fake votes for whatever they want.

— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) October 16, 2014

Why didn’t they think of that sooner?

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