A real estate company whose owners have contributed heavily to Democratic causes apparently used articles and content on conservative blogs to justify bringing about pressure to shut down an Atlanta tea party protest scheduled for the Fourth of July — an event that organizers estimated would attract 20,000 people.

The apparent plot was uncovered when blogger and radio talk show host Andrea Shea King noticed an unusual amount of traffic coming to her site earlier this month.

On Jun 16, Andrea Shea King emailed me, questioning a heavy burst of Sitemeter traffic coming from Simon.com. She included screencaps of the traffic, two of which are reproduced below (click to enlarge).

The amount of time Simon.com visitors spent on King’s site was extraordinary, both in the depth at which the visitors mined the site (20 to 44 pages each) and in duration (22 to 55 minutes each). It was also interesting in terms of the number of unique URLs, or concurrent visitors from that domain.

Obviously, they were very interested in the content of The Radio Patriot.

Andrea got in touch with me because one of the many pages the Simon.com visitors visited on her site was a March 1 blog posting called “Confederate Yankee: Lexington Green.” That blog post on Andrea’s site linked to a lengthy post of my own, “History Repeating,” a story about the shortage of certain firearms and ammunition in this country since the 2008 presidential election and why the shortage may exist.