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By FITSNews || When you’re desperate, you’re desperate … and President Barack Obama is in one of those places right now where good news is (very) hard to come by.

Which means it’s time to manufacture a little public support … of the taxpayer-funded variety.

Enter Ellie Light, a particularly well-traveled Obama supporter who lives (among other places) in California, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Wisconsin … and yes, even, South Carolina.

Wait … what?

From a masterful bit of MSM sleuthing by Sabrina Eaton at the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

In recent weeks, Light has published virtually identical “Letters to the Editor” in support of President Barack Obama in more than a dozen newspapers. Every letter claimed a different residence for Light that happened to be in the newspaper’s circulation area.

“It’s time for Americans to realize that governing is hard work, and that a president can’t just wave a magic wand and fix everything,” said a letter from alleged Philadelphian Ellie Light, that was published in the Jan. 19 edition of The Philadelphia Daily News.

A letter from Light in the Jan. 20 edition of the San Francisco Examiner concluded with an identical sentence, but with an address for Light all the way across the country in Daly City, California.

Variations of Light’s letter ran in Ohio’s Mansfield News Journal on Jan. 13, with Light claiming an address in Mansfield; in New Mexico’s Ruidoso News on Jan. 12, claiming an address in Three Rivers; in South Carolina’s The Sun News on Jan. 18, claiming an address in Myrtle Beach; and in the Daily News Leader of Staunton, Virginia on Jan. 15, claiming an address in Waynesboro. Her publications list includes other papers in Ohio, West Virginia, Maine, Michigan, Iowa, Pennsylvania and California, all claiming separate addresses.

Since the Plain Dealer article was published, multiple additional “Light” letters were discovered appearing in The Politico, The Washington Times, USA Today and dozens … literally dozens … of other newspapers (see “web extra” link below).

In fact, here’s “Light’s” letter to South Carolina’s Sun News, with a screen shot from the paper’s web page below …

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Note “the writer lives in Myrtle Beach.”


Reached for comment by the Plain Dealer, a person claiming to be Light said that “the letter I wrote was motivated by surprise and wonderment at the absence of any media support for our President, who won a record-breaking election by a landslide less than 18 months ago, and now, seems to be abandoned by all, supposedly for the infantile reason that he couldn’t make all of Bush’s errors disappear in one day.”


Light’s spamming (42 papers in eighteen states with dozens of different hometowns listed at last count) actually sounds a lot like a specific taxpayer-funded  “stealth infiltration” plan proposed in 2008 by Cass Sunstein, who is currently head of the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

That plan called for the government to make secret payments to “credible voices” as part of a broader effort to bolster the government’s messaging.

Nice … government-funded pro-government propaganda.

Ain’t that America … Obama’s America, anyway.


Additional Ellie Light Letters Uncovered (Patterico’s Pontifications)