August 24, 2001

Report: phony 'grassroots' campaign orchestrated by Microsoft

Author: JT Smith

Kelly McNeill writes "Microsoft Corporation, in its quest to sway states' attorneys general into settling antitrust charges still filed against it, has apparently orchestrated what was originally thought to be a grassroots letter-writing campaign in support of the company, the Los Angeles Times has reported. Although it isn't clear exactly how many of the 18 states' attorneys general were targeted by Microsoft lobbyists, evidence is mounting that many of the letters were pre-generated by the lobbyists and signed by constituents who were misled -- or who were in fact no longer living."

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