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Obama’s Astro-Turfers Spam Twitter Over Guns

From The Hill:

GOP lawmaker: Obama using fake Twitter messages in fight over gun control

By Pete Kasperowicz | February 25, 2013

A Texas Republican on Monday said President Obama’s gun control campaign is a fraud based on fake messages over Twitter.

Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) accused Obama of trying to make support for his position look stronger than it really is by flooding Twitter with messages from people who don’t exist.

"Obama’s anti-gun campaign is a fraud," Stockman said. "Obama’s supporters are panicking and willing to do anything to create the appearance of popular support, even if it means trying to defraud Congress," he added. "I call upon the president to denounce this phony spam campaign."

Stockman said that in response to Obama’s call for people to tweet their congressman in support of gun control legislation, he received just 16 tweets. But he said all of these messages were identical, and that a closer look at them revealed that only six were from real people.

"The other 10 are fake, computer-generated spambots," his office said in a press release. As evidence, he said these 10 tweets use default graphics and names, and have not engaged in any interaction with other people. Two of the tweets were sent at nearly the same time, and both follow just one person: Brad Schenck, Obama’s former digital strategist.

Stockman also added that only one of the six tweets from real people is a constituent of his in Texas.

"If you are a real person who contacted us about your support for the president’s anti-gun campaign, we are listening," Stockman said. "We do not agree with you, but we appreciate your sincere opinions and encourage you to continue to contact us.

"But the vast majority of the president’s supporters have no feelings because they fake profiles from spammers."

Stockman said Obama’s anti-gun activists "are trying to defraud Congress using the same scam that sells ‘male enhancement pills.’"

What a nice analogy. Though the Nigerian get rich quick spammers might be an even better comparison.

By the way, lest we forget, this is nothing new for the Obama campaign. During his first election bid and first term, the Obama campaign hired people to write letters to the editors of the local newspapers, announcing their support for Obama and his policies at the time.

For instance, back in January 2010, an Obama employee calling herself ‘Ellie Light’ wrote at least 42 nearly identical ‘letters to the editor’ of local papers, pretending to be a resident of their area and an Obama supporter.

And, of course, Ms. Light was not alone by any means. Which you soon realize if you ever visit any of the online web forums that they have taken over. — Which is practically all of them.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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