Lobbyists Get Random Unsuspecting Groups To Rally Against Patent Reform
from the who-said-what-now? dept
Well, it appears that the same thing is happening with patent reform. Wired has done a little digging, and was curious why an anti-communist Hungarian group, the Minutemen (vigilante border guards), and various religious groups have suddenly come out against patent reform. In pretty much all cases, the groups don't seem knowledgeable at all about the actual issues, and were basically told to "sign on" after being given a one-sided presentation that falsely claimed that patent reform was designed to harm American inventiveness and help foreign companies. The best explanation, however, goes to Laszlo Pasztor, the 87-year-old "honorary chairman" of the National Federation of American Hungarians, who is very much opposed to patent reform, though he seems rather confused why:
"It was in Chicago or Detroit, I can't remember. Somebody brought this up, I don't know for what reason... So I gave them permission to use my name."But, then it gets better. Wired asked Pasztor if it could speak to others in his group that were more knowledgeable about the issue, when Pasztor admitted that the group was being disbanded, but:
"I am a 87 and a half years old," he explained. "And our treasurer is 91 years old. Our chairman, who is a Roman Catholic priest, is so busy working on church issues in Ukraine and Slovakia, it is impossible to reach him."Nice coalition against patent reform there...
Pasztor volunteered to get us more information once he reaches Washington. "I will try to reach the still living members of the board," he said.