Equality Maine—Epic Grass Roots FAIL!


First came the news that Equality California (EQCA) was uprooting activists and moving them to Maine to fight against the People’s Veto.  Now this.

Today as I was tweeting my heart out on Tweetdeck, I came across many pleas for assistance from the Equality Maine group, and then there was this reply:


Click the link provided and voila!  A map appears with precise location targeted for the phone bank.  Sure enough, it’s Redlands California, more than 3,000 miles from the nearest port in Maine.


But Wait, There’s More!  Here’s example #2 of EPIC Grass Roots FAIL:

Free Maine Vacation! Courtesy of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

“Meetup in Maine” By Lisa Neff

“Well, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has taken on the role of travel agent and is lining up GLBT folks from across the country for an October holiday.

This is a New England holiday, a meet-up in Maine, where, next month, Mainers and their out-of-state allies will be courting votes to defend marriage rights against a wrong-wing attack.

“We need volunteers who can commit to spending at least a week in Maine in October to be part of an unprecedented get-out-the-vote operation,” reads the action alert from the NGLTF. “We have several shifts to choose from, each lasting one week. If you can, feel free to take more than one shift.”

And, for those who can’t trek to Maine, join the stay-cation volunteer campaign. Pledge support or donate to No on 1/Protect Maine Equality.”

Our friend gabegonz must be a “stay-cation” volunteer.  Thank you to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and @gabegonz for your tweet display of honesty to the people of Maine.  But I can’t say the same for the “No on 1” Campaign.

What about the promises made in the beginning of the campaign that this would be a local deal?  It looks like a grass-roots FAIL of epic proportions as I looked into the issue deeper and found that the “No on 1” campaign is actually ADVERTISING for astroturfers on their website!

“The countdown is on. In the weeks ahead, volunteers will be needed in key places throughout the state. Join us by taking a Volunteer Vacation and if you live in Maine, we also need help finding housing for our out-of-state volunteers.” —“No on 1” Campaign Website

Epic FAIL.

Stand for Marriage Maine!  Stand up and hold back against the tide of the opposition!  Truly, this is an issue that will affect us all for generations.

—Beetle Blogger



  1. September 24, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    […] I was told it was wrong to get out-of-staters to influence a state’s gay marriage initiative. Not anymore I […]

  2. Ross said,

    September 24, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    WOW this is almost as bad as NOM mispelling the word ‘marriage’ on their multimilliion dollar commercials!

    EPIC FAILS all around

  3. beetlebabee said,

    September 25, 2009 at 12:05 am

    eh, not quite. But nice try!

  4. sally said,

    September 25, 2009 at 8:39 am

    HA! This is hilarious!

  5. sally said,

    September 25, 2009 at 8:41 am

    I entered it into FAIL blog! Who knows, maybe it’ll get put up! See it here: http://cheezburger.com/View.aspx?aid=2662305536 Don’t forget to rate it up!

  6. Ross said,

    September 25, 2009 at 9:07 am

    I dunno, I find you guys donating thousands of dollars to an organization that cant even spell check a commercial a much larger epic fail ;)

  7. jabberwocky said,

    September 25, 2009 at 9:19 am

    lol. So typical! Yes on 1!

  8. melee said,

    September 25, 2009 at 9:22 am


  9. Ryan said,

    September 25, 2009 at 9:27 am

    If Mainers really want same sex marriage, we’ll choose it ourselves. We don’t need help from EQCAXYZ.

  10. Melanie said,

    September 25, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Marriage is between a man and a woman, if you can’t persuade the people, don’t expect your out of state minions to do it for you Equality Maine!

  11. pomegranateappleblog said,

    September 25, 2009 at 11:18 am

    wow. the hypocrisy is amazing.

  12. Melanie said,

    September 25, 2009 at 11:18 am

    I just saw this one go by too….looks like the opposition has taken note:

    Astro-Desperation??????? RT @goodasyou: @gabegonz: Check out the top discussion on Stand For Marriage Maine’s F’book: http://bit.ly/12szaV

  13. September 25, 2009 at 11:29 am

    melanie, i love the term “astro-desperation”. good work.

  14. Damon said,

    September 25, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Great. My state is being overrun with crazed Californians.

  15. pomegranateappleblog said,

    September 25, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Again, this thread is very hilarious. (I wish I could live in Maine.)

  16. Dude you're steppin' on the astroturf! said,

    September 25, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    This is seriously hilarious. Astro-FAIL!

  17. Marie said,

    September 25, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    oh, that’s just embarassing. Stinks to be you @gabegonz. Equality Maine’s PR guys have to be kicking themselves about now.

  18. Marie said,

    September 25, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    I just retweeted. Thanks for the story. This is great!

  19. Marie said,

    September 25, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    lol pomegranateapple. It looks like you’re not the only one that wishes they could live in Maine….maybe you could ask Equality Maine to host your vacation!

  20. Grant said,

    September 25, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    I saw this on the Stand for Marriage Maine Facebook page:

    How to spot CA astroturf in Maine….1. Check the tan, if they have no lines, 10-1 it’s turf. Reject the turf! Stand for Marriage Maine!

  21. Prop8saves said,

    September 25, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    As a Californian, and supporter of prop8  I feel the need to remind the people of Maine and ?1 supporters to always remember not to stoop to the level of your opponents. They will lie, threaten, and call you the worst of names. Think nothing of it. In California or wear i live 50miles north of San Francisco our Church  had it windows smashed in, our bishop chased around the parking lot by a mad women in a car claiming we (Mormons) would be cast  or thrown out of the state, and my mother called a Nazi. in our first attempt to save marriage are parking lot was used as a bonfire to burn are yard sings. So be ready for the fight of your life and good luck to you. (God Save The Right)

  22. pomegranateappleblog said,

    September 25, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Why is everyone on here so funny today?!

  23. September 30, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    […] in Maine for a “get-out-the-vote” organized by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (Beetle Blogger). Consider that many, if not most, of the gay activists demanding “marriage equality” […]

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