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Payola in Pindamonhangaba? | Alckmin Grows Astroturf

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Source: Diário do Centro do Mundo

Topic:  Anti-PT blog Implicante is financed by Alckmin.

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This is a breaking item, from the Folha de S. Paulo, so we await clarification or reaction from the state government — a taciturn institution at best.

The situation described bears all the signs of the astroturf campaign — example: the instant fame of 19 year old Kim Kataguiri as a poster child for what we are to believe are heady, spontaneous revolutions in the Zeitgeist.

A blogger who distributes anti-PT propaganda to thousands of followers has for the last two years received monthly payments for communication services rendered to the governor of São Paulo, Geraldo Alckmin (PSDB),

On the Net, attorney Fernando Gouveia goes by the pseudonym Gravataí Merengue and proclaims himself the “CEO”, or chief executive, of the Web site Implicante, which publishes and disseminates news, articles, videos and memes hostile to the PT and to president Dilma Rousseff.

Implicante, with nearly half a million Facebook followers — four times the support shown for the MBL (Movimento Brasil Livre, or Free Brazil Movement) — is one of the organizations on the front lines of street protests against Dilma this year.

The material produced by the site is quite often [reblogged, retwitted, incessantly parroted, or otherwise repeated ad nauseam] by other political blogs or on the social networks.

The state Subsecretary of Communication, an agency linked to the governor’s chief of staff, has spent R$ 70,000 per month for nearly two years to keep the blog funded.

Implicante received monthly payments for communication services rendered to the governor of São Paulo, Geraldo Alckmin (PSDB)

On the Net, attorney Fernando Gouveia goes by the pseudonym Gravataí Merengue and proclaims himself the “CEO”, or chief executive, of the Web site Implicante, which publishes and disseminates news, articles, videos and memes hostile to the PT and president Dilma Rousseff.

Implicante, with nearly half a million Facebook followers — four times the support shown for the MBL (Movimento Brasil Livre, or Free Brazil Movement) — is one of the organizations on the front lines of street protests against Dilma this year.

The state Subsecretary of Communication, an agency linked to the governor’s chief of staff, has spent R$ 70,000 per month for nearly two years to keep the blog funded.

Can I find this on the city government’s access to information site? Hold that thought.

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