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Steps for Extremists: Analysis of Tactics from Greenlight Opposition

How Pinellas Extremists are Trying to Fool People into Voting No



Connect Tampa Bay conducted research involving the claims, tactics and people behind the anti-
Greenlight campaign - No Tax for Tracks.

We found a disturbing pattern of distortions, smears, and pseudo-math. The pattern is extremely similar
to those used in the Fluoride debate and others which isnt surprising since they share many lead-
ers. We wanted to share this research for the public.

Voters should be aware that the accusations they are spamming and telling the media come from ex-
tremists with a long history of making things up and disgusting attacks. Here the steps they take over
and over again:


STEP 1: Create a new organization using the same people
No Tax for Tracks is not demonstrably different group from South Pinellas 912 or a coalition of groups.
It is a political campaign of the extreme wing of the Pinellas Tea Party.

Tea Party group: They use the South & North Pinellas 9-12 Meetup website to organize all their ac-
tivities.
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Claims it isnt a Tea Party group: Despite this the Barabara Haselden has claimed No Tax for
Tracks is not a tea party group to Chris ODonnell of the Tampa Tribune
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Small group: No new allies have joined NTFT, Barbara Haselden didnt even provide businesses that
oppose Greenlight when asked by a reporter
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Support by two wealthy people: Over 2/3rd of their funds have come from two donors. They also
funded Roche, Rask, & McKalip campaigns.
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http://www.meetup.com/S-Pinellas-9-12-Patriots/ (accessed 10/5), http://www.meetup.com/North-Pinellas-912-
Project/messages/boards/ (accessed 10/5)
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http://tbo.com/pinellas-county/pinellas-businesswoman-passionate-aversary-of-transit-plan-20140120/
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http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/news/2014/10/03/ceos-top-execs-voice-support-for-greenlight.html
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Campaign finance reports, http://www.votepinellas.com/, accessed 10/5
Theyve Done it Before: Cut Taxes Now! anti-Penny for Pinellas (founded by Dave McKalip), South Pi-
nellas 9-12 (founded by Barbara Haselden), and NIX Fluoride in Pinellas (founded by Tony Caso).

STEP 2: Pick a target & make wild accusations
Often theyll make baseless accusations against the supporters of their opposition.

Hitler Video: Made a video that compared citizens, businesses, & community leaders who support
Greenlight Pinellas to Nazis - then claimed not to make it to a reporter.
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Baseless Accusations: NTFT called employers, workers, and leaders pickpockets,
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and crony
capitalists
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with no evidence for such character assassinations.

Theyve Done it Before: Dave McKalip Shared a racist photo of the President as Witch Doctor to ridi-
cule him
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, Tom Rask posted a website saying Governor Crist is closeted gay and a liar
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STEP 3: Lie until youre caught, then make new ones up
They also use numbers and photos to focus on lies and lie to cover-up old claims.

300% Increase: In March Politifact exposed the oppositions main talking point about a 300% tax
increase as False NTFT used it for months afterwards.
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Cut bus service now: In May, Connect Tampa Bay pointed out that cutting bus service by 30% is
the right thing to do
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, then stepped back from that message
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Denver photographs: Last week they sent out photographs of a parking lot taken at 11 am claiming
it was a park & ride.
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However, it was a locked lot that is not related to transit.
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http://cltampa.com/politicalanimal/archives/2014/09/20/mock-video-of-hitler-addressing-greenlight-pinellas-supporters-ignites-
a-firestorm
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http://tbo.com/pinellas-county/pinellas-businesswoman-passionate-aversary-of-transit-plan-20140120/
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http://www.tampabay.com/news/transportation/sen-jack-latvala-endorses-greenlight-pinellas-transit-tax-calls-it-
crucial/2199379
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http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/conservative-activist-forwards-racist-pic-showing-obama-as-witch-doctor
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Governor Crist is a closeted gay conservative who has repeatedly denied being gay. Thus Mr. Crist is a liar from
http://web.archive.org/web/20131215025016/http://www.dalebrill.com/
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http://www.politifact.com/florida/statements/2014/mar/20/no-tax-tracks/greenlight-pinellas-means-300-tax-increase-no-tax-/
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http://railtaxfacts.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/No-Tax-for-Tracks-ver-08.pdf,
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http://tbo.com/pinellas-county/greenlight-pinellas-supporters-push-back-20140519/
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http://ymlp.com/zX3pYx
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Conversation with RTD staff
Theyve Done it Before: Fluroride debate include no less than 5 lies debunked in PulitzerPprize winning
editorials
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, McKalip repeated many of those claims on his website
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, Tom Rask recently claimed that
Pinellas County was selling its water proven wrong
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STEP 4: Push conspiracy theories & ridiculous conclusions
When the lies are exposed they often resort fueling conspiracy theories & unworkable solutions.

Light Rail planning is like Ebola: Brought in a national pundit that compares all urban planning &
light rail to Ebola. Compared these plans something that is killing thousands in Africa.
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Tinted Bus Windows Conspiracy: accused every transit agency in the world of trying to hide rid-
ership by tinting windows saying: I am convinced the public bus industry has come up with these so-
lutions to hide mostly empty buses
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Double Decker buses: they worked with Doug Guetzloe to have Randal OToole develop his own
plan for Pinellas, which was the same exact plan he recommended for Panama City, Panama & Aus-
tin, Texas

Theyve Done it Before: Dave McKalip claimed that the only reason the racist email about the President
was a big deal because he was being targeted
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, Tony Caso has argued about Agenda 21 & globalist
conspiracies in Flouride debate
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STEP 5: Spam it all to hundreds of thousands people & press
They also lie about who they are working with to disseminate this information.
They use Tom Rasks list of email list to SPAM over 100,000 people in Pinellas County
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. Despite
claiming Rask is no longer part of the campaign while paying him.
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http://www.tampabay.com/specials/2013/links/pulitzer/
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http://www.sunbeamtimes.com/2012/10/25/shallow-politicians-attack-fluoride-vote-ignore-facts-and-avoid-more-important-
issues/
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http://cltampa.com/politicalanimal/archives/2014/06/09/ken-welch-responds-to-tom-rusks-email-that-pinellas-county-is-
selling-part-of-its-water-supply
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http://www.tampabay.com/news/transportation/masstransit/separating-fact-from-fantasy-tampa-bays-economy-will-suffer-
without-strong/2200623
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http://watchdogwire.com/florida/2013/04/01/public-buses-and-blackout-windows-what-are-they-hiding-behind-those-foster-
grants/
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http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/mckalip-i-m-no-racist-i-once-had-a-career-counseling-day-for-black-kids
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http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2011/10/the_tea_party_has_a_new_enemy.php,
http://americanfreedomwatchradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Part1.pdf
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https://twitter.com/NoTaxForTracksP/status/518001808619601921
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https://www.facebook.com/notaxfortracks/posts/1518620825031273, Rask was paid 3 times after this post

They will do it again before the voters decide.

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