Dark Forces Behind Internet Videos

Mary Lu Carnevale, the blogger for the WSJ’s Washington Wire, has broken the lid open on a scandal that threatens to upend the blogosphere:

Hot Air Network’s Web ad … urged “conservatives fed up with Republican scheming on this bill, [to] do something about it. If you gave to the party in the past year, you can demand your money back. Call the Republican National Committee today and demand a full refund. If you gave to any senator or congressman in the past year, call their office and demand a full refund.” Just who sponsors Hot Air’s ad, and other similar ads popping up across the Internet, is unclear. [emphasis added]

This question spawned fevered speculation in the comments section and around the ‘Net.

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