ResistNet

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This article is part of the Center for Media & Democracy's spotlight on front groups and corporate spin.

ResistNet is a website, http://www.resistnet.com/, that says it is "the online community for patriotic citizens who are opposing the Obama-led socialist agenda with a patriotic, idea-based, conservative resistance." ResistNet.com calls itself "the official social network of Grassfire Nation." In 2011, the web site resistnet.com redirected to http://www.patriotactionnetwork.com/, which was promoting a "Defeat Barack Obama Radiothon" and a petition against raising the national debt ceiling.[1]A "Start Here New Member Guide" web page on Patriot Action Network says the site is in the throes of changing its name from ResistNet to Patriot Action Network.[2]

The sites ResistNet and PatriotActionNetwork.org were created by a group called Grassfire.org,[3], a conservative issues advocacy group that was assisted, at least until 2004, by Shirley & Banister Public Affairs. Shirley & Bannister served as a "contract publicist" for Grassfire.org, according to a 2004 report by Public Citizen, who received the information in an email from Max Pulsinelli, a Shirley and Bannister Public Affairs account executive, dated May 18, 2004. [4] The president of Shirley & Bannister Public Affairs is Craig Shirley, a long-time Republican PR operative.[5]

The "National Coordinator" of both grassfire.org and ResistNet is Darla Dawald. Dawald blogs at Patriot’s Heart Media Network.

Resistnet also links prominently to http://www.flipthishouse2010.com, another website of the "Grassfire Nation." FLIP, as used on the website, is an acronym for: "F-Free Markets, L-Limited Government, I-Individual & Family Liberties, P-Private Property & Prosperity." While the site claims not to be partisan, its proponents want liberal and progressive politicians to lose elections. [6]

ResistNet lists the following "Resources, Links, Partners, and Like-Minded Organizations"

Website

http://www.resistnet.com

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles

References

  1. Patriot Action Network Patriot Action Network home page, accessed May 18, 2011
  2. PatriotActionNetwork.org New Start Member Guide, organizational website, accessed May 18, 2011
  3. ResistNet ResistNet Radio Show, accessed August 13, 2009
  4. Public Citizen The New Stealth PACs: Tracking 501(c) Nonprofit Groups Active in Elections; Selected Consulting Relationships, Shirley & Bannister Public Affairs, web site, accessed May 18, 2011
  5. Public Citizen/CongressWatch The New Stealth PACs Report, 2004, 150 pp at Page 99
  6. December 17 Blogtalkradio at Patriot's Heart Network [1]
  7. Links page of ResistNet