Former staffer says Gingrich pays for fake Twitter followers; campaign says ‘untrue’

According to a former aide, GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich pays for his impressive gaggle of Twitter followers — a claim the campaign denies.

An anonymous former staffer spilled the beans to Gawker, saying the Gingrich campaign pays outside companies to generate Twitter followers. (RELATED: Gingrich on debt deal: ‘Not a solution to America’s jobs and debt crisis)

“Newt employs a variety of agencies whose sole purpose is to procure Twitter followers for people who are shallow/insecure/unpopular enough to pay for them,” the staffer wrote.” As you might guess, Newt is most decidedly one of the people to which these agencies cater.”

The former staffer said about 80 percent of Gingrich’s more than 1.3 million Twitter followers are inactive or dummy accounts generated by agencies.

“If you simply scroll through his list of followers you’ll see that most of them have odd usernames and no profile photos, which has to do with the fact that they were mass generated,” the staffer continued. “Pathetic, isn’t it?”

Gingrich’s campaign has vigorously denied the allegations. Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond responded, fittingly, with a tweet: “@Gawker Gaffes. Hoodwinks readers. Insults 1.3 million .@newtgingrich .@twitter followers. Report is #rude #unfounded & #erroneous.”

Gingrich has the most Twitter followers of any of the GOP presidential hopefuls. Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann both have less than 100,000 followers.

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  • loudog

    Newt says it’s not true and there’s no way that a serial adulterer would lie!

  • unclereggie

    Gingrich is a fraud and a liar.  The original loss of campaign staff was over charges of unnecessarily  luxurious travel and lodging accommodations.  Newt said that was a lie.  It turned out to be true with a huge portion of his campaign debt owed for private jests and presidential hotel suites.  Who do I believe now?  Not Newt.

  • http://twitter.com/speppers69 speppers69

    It’s pretty pathetic when you have to pay for pretend Twitter followers.  Now THAT’S a REAL leader! 


  • nexialist

    This noise is selective. Candidates like Gingrich who are less predictable routinely get dirt planted about them. Palin is the ultimate example. The corporate complex fears her. Money generally wins out. That’s why we’ll end up with two status quo candidates, probably Romney and Obama. The ultimate insider, Obama, will probably win that one. That’s why only someone like Palin, Bachmann, or Johnson has a chance, no matter what the polls say.

  • empiresentry

    ….and Biden wears pink string bikini underwear that cuts off circulation to his brain.
    These people either need to provide facts with the snarky attacks or drop them because they really do not matter.

    • empiresentry

      According to their measure, I don’t exist because I don’t have my picture next to my comment. LOL I don’t have the deep frustrated need to have an icon to make me feel good, cool and important.

    • Anonymous

      Funny stuff, friend!  Each time a story like this pops up, the source is almost always an ‘un-named’ someone or other, and like you, I don’t take it seriously. I’m not a fan of Newts, however, I would like to see some fairness in reporting. You know what I mean, real facts, not un-named sources!

  • Anonymous

    Like I told his minions when they called my home to ask me questions about my “feelings” about Newt(Newton), I told them not to bother calling ever again because Newt is a GLOBALIST SHILL. There isn’t anything else to say about him. It’s too bad he is still taking up space anywhere…

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    • datruthiness

      Perhaps Newt would like to open a half million dollar account with you

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