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Politico: W.H. #40dollars project draws conservative backlash

-By Joseph Williams

February 14, 2012- The cosmic Law of Unintended Consequences claimed another victim Tuesday, triggered by the White House’s #40dollars Twitter campaign – and conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh.

To pressure Republicans on the payroll tax holiday extension, the White House encouraged supporters to describe what they’d do with $40 – the average hit to middle-class paychecks if the tax holiday expired, enough for a tank of gas, groceries or medication – and post it to the administration’s Twitter account. Holly Hertzel of Seattle, who sells T-shirts, mugs and calendars online and goes by the Twitter handle @scarebaby, joined the discussion, saying $40 would keep her Internet connection going for another month.

That tweet – the first one the White House retweeted – caught the eye Limbaugh, who read it on the air and thought he smelled a White House PR stunt.

“Now, of course, it's BS. Nobody actually sent that. That's a White House-generated response,” Limbaugh scoffed, according to a transcript of his show. “Mr. scarebaby cannot possibly have a small business and get this payroll tax cut ... This doesn't even apply to you.”

Hertzel “is obviously not a real person.  This is somebody in the White House getting this Tweet ball rolling,” he said, then mocked the White House’s new anti-misinformation web site: “In fact, maybe I ought to report this disinformation to Obama's new "truth team."

Within minutes, Hertzel’s Twitter account exploded with nasty posts from Limbaugh’s self-described “Dittoheads,” calling her everything from an Obama “zombie” to a liar and “fraud” as well as a few other names not suitable for a family publication. Most were along these lines: “ElRushbo sure made you look like a moron!@scarebaby.”



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