The Twitter account of Scott Walker’s campaign was suspended Monday. The Walker campaign alleges the suspension was due to political opponents reporting the account as spam, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel lends that dubious statement credence by printing it. What the JS does not mention is the Walker campaign may have been spamming by following, un-following and re-following Twitter users in an attempt to gain followers for Walker’s account. According to user comments making the rounds on blogs and the Journal-Sentinel story, a Google cache proved the latter allegations true.
No matter why Walker was banned, it is a fact the right-wing is spamming in this fashion with other Twitter accounts.
Enter political action committee Civic Forum (CivicForumPAC on Twitter), a PAC registered in Virginia (with only two donations to its name, one by its treasurer, but thats fodder for another post). Civic Forum’s stated goal is;
“Investing in social media communication technology to help elect Republican candidates across the nation in 2010″
After I tagged #wisgop in a tweet about a derogatory post regarding of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, CivicForumPAC began following me. I wondered why the group would follow me after insulting their party, and then ignored them. Today, one week later, I received another email saying “CivicForum PAC is now following you on Twitter.”
I was followed, un-followed and re-followed, in the same fashion that alledgedly got Walker’s account suspended. Civic Forum is using “social media communication technology” to spam anyone displaying an interest in politics with tweets of “Obamanomics failed to account for the cost of the Obamalympic$ folly” and the like.
I don’t like spam, Civic Forum PAC or the Republican Party. I don’t like Scott Walker’s staff making allegations that unnamed “political opponents” were behind the suspension of his account. I don’t like the Journal-Sentinel printing the allegations without mentioning the alternate (likely accurate) scenario.
Walker’s campaign has been silent about the suspension ever since. That silence is indicting Mr. Walker. I would advise you and Civic Forum both to mind your internet manners. No one likes (or votes for) a spammer.