There was a recent poll on here "Is VBTA/TLP/CACI a democratic political movement?" There was an unanimous "No" vote.
It looks like you may have had it right. Just over an hour ago the HR Transit Ideas blog was hit with a pro-VBTA cyberattack. The anonymous poster made some false statements concerning blogger Michael Ragsdale, demanded that Michael "respect the VBTA", and pull his blog down.
Anyone who knows Michael knows he is a good kid with a vast knowledge and interest in mass transit. He simply wants to be a transit policy wonk, trying to avoid the associated politics. When the Cedar Grove changes were to take effect, with his own time and money he went out and posted notices on bus shelters that HRT had missed to alert riders to what was about to happen.
I would call on the VBTA leadership to denounce such behavior, but I won't waste my time. Anyone who remembers the 1999 light rail referendum campaign knows that CACI tried to get pro-LRT posters removed from, and pro-LRT posts suppressed on, Talknet. With light rail back on the front burner, it doesn't surprise me to see such behavior again.