(CNSNews.com) – Some liberal activists who dislike conservative Rush Limbaugh’s talk-radio show and urge advertisers to leave his program were identified in an article this week on the Limbaugh website, and two of the people named confirmed to CNSNews.com that they do contact businesses that advertise on the show, and one disclosed that other “volunteers” use Twitter and Facebook to push a “StopRush” campaign.
“Many of our volunteers listen to Limbaugh's show in order to identify his advertisers in various markets,” said Matt Osborne, the editor of the blog Breitbart Unmasked, in an e-mail to CNSNews.com. “(These volunteers are not included in Mr. Glicklich's [a Limbaugh spokesman] accounting, either.)"
"Other volunteers contact advertisers--mostly by phone, but also on Twitter and Facebook," said Osborne. "We share Limbaugh's words with them verbatim and then ask them to divest from his program.”
“Our tactics were developed from the conservative campaigns against such voices as Howard Stern in years past, and are perfectly legal and moral uses of the 1st Amendment,” said Osborne. “I am the editor of Breitbart Unmasked and a StopRush volunteer since 2012.”
He also said that an anti-Rush Limbaugh Facebook page has 20,000 members, and that “we have never, ever seen an MMFA person there. Most of our organizing takes place in Facebook groups, not on Twitter.”
MMFA stands for Media Matters for America, a left-wing group founded by David Brock, which receives some of its funding from the leftist billionaire George Soros.
The article at rushlimbaugh.com states, "The Stop Rush group claims to be made up of ordinary consumers unhappy with Rush Limbaugh’s comments. The group claims to be 'grassroots,' just concerned consumers who won’t shop at businesses that advertise with Rush Limbaugh. In truth, however, there are no potential customers here, just a small number of hardcore political activists founded by Angelo Carusone, EVP of Media Matters for America."
In a 2012 article in the Village Voice, Media Matters Executive Vice President Angelo Carusone explained how and why he started the “StopRush” campaign in 2009-2010. Carusone was also behind a campaign that targeted the advertisers of the Glenn Beck show.
In the Sept. 23 article at rushlimbaugh.com, there is a list of people under the heading “Meet the Top Members of The Stop Rush Conspiracy.” In that list is the following, “Name: Linda Kotsenburg Swanholm, Location: Covina, CA, ID: CMMorgan/@socallks, [e-mail address], Fun Fact: Develops, administers, and distributes target lists indiscriminately, gives businesses she has no relationship with 1 star ratings if they advertise on Rush.”
CNSNews.com sent an e-mail to the address provided and it was Matt Osborne who responded, from his own gmail account. On Facebook, there is a page for “Linda Kotensburg Swanholm,” which has a profile picture of a man that looks nearly identical to Matt Osborne.
Also, in a March 25, 2012 post from “Linda Kotenburg Swanholm” to the company Wright Brand Bacon, which is part of Tyson Foods based in Springdale, Arkansas, “Swanholm” says the following:
“HI! Very sad to hear your ad on the Rush Limbaugh Show Friday. It appears your ad was rotated into his show due to others requesting their ads NOT be aired near or during his show.”
Another activist named in the Sept. 23 article is Lauren Reynolds. The information posted says, “Name: Lauren Reynolds, Location: Los Angeles, CA, ID: Lauren Reynolds/@chloesty, [e-mail address] facebook.com/lauren.reynolds.946179, Fun Fact: Gives businesses she has no relationship with 1 star ratings if they advertise on Rush.”
CNSNews.com also e-mailed the address provided. A Lauren Reynolds did respond from that account and said, “Very nice to hear from someone who wants to verify information. I contact ALL businesses and organizations if I hear their ad aired during the Rush Limbaugh Show. Any other questions? LOTS of misinformation in that article you mentioned. :)”
On an anti-Rush Facebook page, a Lauren Reynolds is listed as an administrator, and at her own Facebook page she has several public posts critical of conservatives, including Rush Limbaugh. “Linda Kotsenburg Swanholm” is also listed as an administrator on the anti-Rush Facebook page.
CNSNews.com sent an e-mail to Nancy Padak, who is listed in the Sept. 23 article as using an e-mail address at Kent State University and has a Facebook page. CNSNews.com asked, “Do you deny that you are involved in the campaign urging small businesses not to advertise on the Rush Limbaugh radio program?” Padak did not respond before this story was posted.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Media Research Center President Brent Bozell said, “It's time to expose the 'Stop Rush' campaign for what it is: yet another shameless attack on the First Amendment by left-wing enemies of free speech. 'Stop Rush' is a total sham launched by ultra-liberal extremists at media organizations Media Matters and Daily Kos. Their scheme is nothing more than a pathetic Potemkin village of lies and social media fraud perpetrated by a small handful of hacks trying to intimidate small business owners who advertise on conservative radio.”
"The ultra-left's hatred of conservative media and conservative voices is so extreme that they're willing to put mom and pop shops across America out of business to silence them,” said Bozell. “Hate is the only word to describe what they're doing.”
He continued, "Like Lois Lerner at the IRS, I'm sure Media Matters and Daily Kos believe that the pain and misery they're inflicting on innocent Americans with their war on free speech is justified, but intimidating small business owners with threats and lies is indefensible.”
Disclosure: Brent Bozell is the president of the parent organization of CNSNews.com.