astroturfing

You can't trust the names of advocacy groups, Oliver says, because some are designed to be "deliberately misleading."
The root word, AstroTurf, refers to a brand of artificial grass. Astroturfing is the opposite of "grassroots" which refers to genuine support coming from the people.
Campaign ads for five-term Senator Richard Shelby have been financed with nearly $1 million in dark money.
The "We The People" petition was pushed by a company that has paid millions in penalties for its illegal debt collection practices.
There is no question of the cancerous effects of groups like PennCAN and the Commonwealth Foundation. It may be years before we know the full range of the damage they have inflicted on our children and schools or how long it will take to repair that damage. One thing, however, is clear: Philadelphia teachers and students deserve our interest and support.
"Grassroots" has become the go-to buzz word for everyone from political pundits to pre-school teachers.
As the fakers become increasingly sophisticated in their deceptive tactics, regulators and review sites will need to continue to monitor reviews to help ensure their veracity.
The settlement pulled back the curtains on a growing but little-known industry that helps companies maintain their good names