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Two-Thirds of White House's Anti-Gun Supporters are Fake Spambots

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Location: Washington, DC

A study of messages received by Congressman Steve Stockman (R-Texas 36) reveals two-thirds of the "grassroots supporters" backing President Barack Obama's #WeDemandAVote anti-gun campaign are computer-generated spambots.

"Obama's anti-gun campaign is a fraud. Obama's anti-gun activists are trying to defraud Congress using the same scam that sells "male enhancement pills.' Every day thousands of Americans call, write and email the Capitol opposing Obama's anti-gun schemes. 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," said Stockman.

"I call upon the President to denounce this phony spam campaign," said Stockman. "And to release all internal White House communications regarding his anti-gun political campaign."

Stockman's campaign Twitter account received only 16 tweets following Obama's command to his followers to tweet their congressman demanding a vote on gun control.

All 16 of the messages are identical, beginning with the campaign account's Twitter name, followed by an identical statement, and ending with Obama's anti-gun campaign hashtag. The campaign received no other messages backing the President's campaign.

A close look at the senders' accounts reveal only six are actual people.

The other 10 are fake, computer-generated spambots.

* They all use the default "egg" avatar.
* They have account names resembling names automatically suggested by Twitter.
* They have engaged in no human interaction.
* They have tweeted almost nothing promotional, sponsored messages pushing real estates websites and other liberal "grassroots" campaigns.
* They follow mostly MSNBC anchors or media outlets, not actual people.

Reporter Robert Stacy McCain's investigation of the fraudulent Obama campaign, available at www.theothermccain.com, finds the majority of the Obama-supporting accounts were created in less than 48 hours before contacting members of Congress.

Even more interesting, Stockman staff find two accounts happened to tweet Stockman back-to-back. Both have only one follower, former Obama digital strategist Brad Schenck.

Schenck somehow found and followed them before they ever tweeted anything, followed anyone or followed any real people.

Of the six real people who contacted Stockman only one can be verified as a constituent. One lives outside the district and the remaining four do not list where they live.

"If you are a real person who contacted us about your support for the President's anti-gun campaign, we are listening. We do not agree with you, but we appreciate your sincere opinions and encourage you to continue to contact us," said Stockman. "But the vast majority of the President's supporters have no feelings because they fake profiles from spammers."

"The White House has some explaining to do. My own staff, and others looking into Obama's Twitter campaign, find the vast majority of messages are coming from fraudulent accounts. Some of these accounts are linked directly to a former Obama staffer. To what extent is the White House involved in this attempt to defraud Congress," said Stockman.

Stockman staff have screen-captured all account information, tweets, followers and accounts followed for the fraudulent spambots.


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