The “Rush Limbaugh Show” says its investigation has
discovered the secret behind the Stop Rush campaign
that has sought to pressure the program’s advertisers:
it’s pushed by progressive activists and even violates Twitter rules.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee recently
sent out a round of emails to potential donors echoing the
Stop Rush group, and asking people to sign a petition to
demand companies stop sponsoring the conservative talk
radio program that airs from 12-3 p.m. ET on weekdays.
That group has promoted itself as grassroots consumers.
However, a spokesman for the Limbaugh program said
the program’s own investigation found it was founded
by Angelo Carusone, executive vice president of Media
Matters for America.
Rush Limbaugh Show spokesperson Brian Glicklich said
the investigation of the group has been going on since it
began in 2012.
“Since they started, this small group of people has bullied
and harassed small businesses through their petitions,
” Glicklich told TheBlaze. “At some point, you just have
to put the facts out there.”
Glicklich said he doesn’t know if there is any coordination
between the group and the DCCC.
Carusone, of Media Matters, contends the effort is a
“Rush Limbaugh’s show has reportedly lost millions
of dollars in revenue for radio companies, thousands of
advertisers big and small refuse to run ads on the program
and radio stations are dropping the show,” Carusone
told TheBlaze in a statement.
Carusone further challenged the numbers.
“After initially insisting there were no troubles with
advertisers, two years later Limbaugh’s crisis team
comes out with a report attributing this massive exodus
to just 10 people?” Carusone added. “The numbers just
don’t add up. This is a grassroots effort that grows every day.
Instead of attacking people on the internet, Limbaugh’s
team would better fill their role by advising their client
not to excuse rape in some situations (as he did just last week).
Rush Limbaugh is bad for business — and the only thing
Limbaugh has to blame for that is his own repeated conduct.”
The activists have been able to make their reach look larger
by using automated tweeting software, which is in violation
of Twitter rules, according to a release by Limbaugh’s camp.
The automated tweeting software allows them to send tweets faster.
The Limbaugh show is releasing the names of those top 10 tweeters,
who account for 70 percent of all tweets.
One of the top tweeters is a professor at Kent State University.
Another is a contributor to the liberal blog Daily Kos.
The DCCC appeal, sent to donors already inclined to disagree
with Limbaugh, included an e-mail from former Georgetown
University law student Sandra Fluke, whom Limbaugh used
a derogatory term against in 2012.
In the email Fluke said, “As a previous target of Limbaugh’s
sexist attacks, take it from me: we need to stand together
and call Rush out. The DCCC has a petition to tell advertisers
to stop funding this repulsive commentary.”
The DCCC said “Sign your name and demand that companies
pull their advertising from Rush’s program.”
The DCCC reportedly surpassed their goal of 300,000 names.
The DCCC quoted Limbaugh saying, “How many of you guys,
in your own experience with women, have learned that ‘no’
means ‘yes’ if you know how to spot it?”
Glicklich said the DCCC is echoing the Stop Rush with a
series of emails over the past several weeks.
“What the DCCC is doing is flat out reprehensible,” Glicklich said.
“They are interfering with private businesses, lying about
what Rush said and using violence against women to get
the vote out and raise money. It is outright cynical.”
(This story was updated to include a comment from Angelo Carusone.)