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Someone, please define a grassroots campaign

Posted: November 4, 2008 9:12 p.m.
Updated: November 5, 2008 4:59 a.m.
 
In Tim Myers' commentary today, he refers to Laurie Ender running a "true grassroots campaign."

I need a little help understanding what is meant by "true grassroots."

Wasn't it Laurie's campaign that was the beneficiary of $29,500 from Mr. G of G&L Realty?

Wasn't it Laurie's campaign that was the beneficiary of funds from the Ferry campaign coffers, raising legal issues as result?

Contributions from these two sources are said to account for 60 percent of Laurie's total campaign funding.
With major contributions from the business community and backing of the local established political machinery, tell me again, how was it that Laurie ran the "true grassroots" campaign?

As a side note, Wikipedia refers to a grassroots movement as "one driven by the constituents of a community" as opposed to "a movement being orchestrated by the traditional power structures."

Hmmmm ...

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