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The Ron Paul Campaign Poll Spamming Smoking Gun

You know that the Ron Paul spam campaign has reached a certain level of outrageous nerve when the Ron Paul campaign director himself emails sites to ask what protection their polls are using against spammers. This kind of social engineering isn’t particularly original but when hackers do it, it helps to be more subtle about it. The communications director of the Fred Thompson campaign might have passed off such an inquiry as legitimate but considering that the Ron Paul campaign has become infamously associated with poll spamming and digg spamming, the way the Obama campaign has become associated with style over substance, it’s particularly pathetic.

Over at GOP Bloggers, which has been struggling with Ron Paul spamming and hasn’t managed to laugh it off the way that LGF has, they report the following,

“Shortly after the launch of the previous poll, I received an email from Jesse Benton, the communications director for Ron Paul’s campaign. He was interested in getting information about what safeguards are used in the straw poll in order to protect it from spammers/cheaters. I made it clear that I was not about to share the details of what protections are place. His response was a bit less than amicable.”

I would actually like to see the full details of the email because this is very much a smoking gun that the Ron Paul campaign from the very top is coordinating the poll spamming campaign and is openly looking for ways to understand and bypass poll security. There is no legitimate reason for Jesse Benton to need information about poll security measures being taken to stop spamming. It’s like a shopper wanting to know what measures are being taken to stop shoplifting or that friendly middle eastern man who wants to know how the bags are checked.

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  • Paul September 9, 2007 at 4:00 pm

    Im trying to work out whether this outrageous piece of spin is intentional or just plain ignorance. If your dumb enough to take this angle on this story, you shouldn’t
    be writing blogs. Leave the manipulation to the MSM, Ron Paul owns the web.

  • O_Deus September 9, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    No Ron Paul doesn’t own the web. No one owns the web.

    Now can you figure out why people hate Ron Paul groupies in 3 – 2- 1-

  • Dan Deiber November 22, 2007 at 12:12 pm

    Was something supposed to happen after that countdown?

  • O_Deus November 22, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    just the obviousness

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