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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., March 16, 2013. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst) Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., March 16, 2013. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)  

Amazon astroturf hits Wisconsin governor’s new book

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Chuck Ross
Reporter, Daily Caller News Foundation

The largest government employee union in the country issued a call-to-arms to its 80,000 Facebook followers, encouraging them to leave negative reviews for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s new book, “Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge.”

“Don’t waste a second reading it though,” reads a post from the Facebook page of the American Federation of State, City, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). “Let us save you some time by sending you right to the parts where he mocks public employees as lazy, overpaid, and corrupt here and here.”

Walker’s book was released November 19.

AFSCME, a 1.6 million-member public sector arm of the powerful AFL-CIO, has targeted Walker ever since his successful 2010 gubernatorial bid. Walker, a Republican, helped roll back public sector union power in the historically progressive state, and went on to survive a multimillion-dollar recall effort by organized labor.

Walker signed legislation that cut back on some of the collective bargaining rights of state and local government unions. Walker’s bill ended the automatic union dues deductions from the paychecks of public employees, limiting a huge source of revenue for unions like AFSCME. Walker’s bill also increased the amount public workers contribute to their health care plans and pensions.

Because of those union-busting measures, Walker faced a 2012 recall election. A solid majority [pdf] of Wisconsin voters chose to keep him in office. But big labor continues its sallies against the governor.

“Now, here’s your chance to tell Scott Walker how you feel about him — and his latest attacks on public employees,” read AFSCME’s post.

“Submit your own review here on Amazon and then copy it into the comments below as well.”

AFSCME follower Marianne Brunelle left a negative review of the book. “He needs to be gone. This book is nothing but full of lies!” wrote Brunelle. “He should be ashamed of himself. DO NOT buy this book unless you like reading lie after lie.”

Hours after their initial post, the union bragged that its effort had helped drag the average rating of Walker’s book down from a 2.5 star rating.