I’ve been writing about the Dorr Brothers – the Iowa-based scammers behind “Minnesota Gun Rights”, among many other potemkin 2nd Amendment, pro-life and pro-Trump “groups” – for a long time.
No – a very, very long time.
And I’ve written a lot about them.
No – I mean a lot. Including just about as much actual reporting as just about anyone in the field ever has (here’s an excellent summary of alternative-media coverage of the Dorrs, going back more than seven years).
But MPR’s Catherine Richert is taking the story mainstream again
THREAD: Back in February, I started reporting on a trio of brothers who used social media to spread disinformation and sow discord within the GOP, including in MN. The story was shelved when COVID19 hit… until now. https://t.co/wQiQhJLcMQ— Catharine Richert (@CatRichert) April 21, 2020
Discord like this:
Rep. Josh Heintzeman, who has what anti-abortion groups would call a "perfect" voting record on the issue, is among Dorr's targets. At the start of this year's #mnleg session, Dorr was filmed asking Heintzeman's son if he knew his dad "votes to kill babies." (That's false.)— Catharine Richert (@CatRichert) April 21, 2020
I reported for the first time in 2013 the Dorr Brothers’ pattern:
- Move into a state.
- Establish a social media presence.
- Loudly and abrasively claim that Republican, pro-life and pro-gun legslators are “selling out” their supporters – apparently, by being in the same capitol building as their opponents?
- That if their followers keep the money coming, and coming, and coming, then they’ll be part of an “uncompromising” approach that won’t “sell out” – but won’t actually do anything but make more Facebook videos.
Richert’s thread is excellent. It touches on some of the same shady business practices Fox9 found a couple years ago.
The story is even better – although one hopes that the mainstream media closes the circle and reports on the depth and depravity of the Dorr Brothers’ scam nationwide.
Now – in a state with an Attorney Generals’ office that focuses on “consumer fraud” like a dog focuses on a squirrel, why hasn’t Keith Ellison gone after these frauds?