Conservative social action campaign in chaos


UPDATE 2:30

On the back of Political Scrapbook‘s story, the Cash Gordon website has been taken down after being hacked, as explained by Dizzy Thinks:

“Basically, the Tories latest ‘Cash Gordon’ website mentioned in the previous post is offline (at the time of writing). The reason is because the developers who were paid to create it didn’t, it seems, protect against code injection. The Twitter feed was scrolling as people used the hashtag #cashgordon. The problem was that by inserting javascript into the Tweet comment it was possible to browser hijack people and redirect them elsewhere…

“People began to do it spades and it’s been taken offline and word is that it’s being fixed currently.”

Anthony Painter adds:

The first ever successful cyber attack in UK campaigning politics? #cashgordon forced offline. Taste of things to come? http://bit.ly/dugjVp

The Conservative party’s ‘Cash Gordon‘ campaign was backfiring badly this morning as hundreds of tweets denigrating the latest Tory online campaign appeared on their home page. Earlier today, Political Scrapbook exposed how the social action website was put together by the same time which tried to scupper US healthcare reform.

The hashtag #CashGordon, which had been set up to mobilise Conservative opposition to Unite’s funding of the Labour party, is now being used to embarrass the web team behind the latest Tory campaign. Tweets include:

@SamHowroyd: The Tory #cashgordon fuck up has made my day.

@Chris_Manch: Connect with the Tories and tell them what you think, directly on their website. http://cash-gordon.com #cashgordon

@jennie_kermode: Proof, if we needed it, that the Tories haven’t the sense to do anything in moderation. #cashgordon #toryfail

@AndyTannerSmith: is the Cash Gordon site part of an official Tory campaign. If so they should hang their heads in shame #cashgordon #toryfail

Political Scrapbook today exposed how the Tories’ latest campaign was “designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyists”. The story has already been retweeted over 100 times in just 90 minutes. The story outlined that:

Writing on the Blue Blog yesterday, the affable Sam Coates claimed that Conservatives’ campaign site against Labour/Unite links was “built in just a few days”. What he doesn’t tell you is that the system has been purchased off-the-shelf from Republican strategists David All Group and was originally developed to galvanise opposition to Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms.

Cash Gordon is based on Operation Waiting Game, which leverages social media against reforms which, it is claimed, “will have the same devastating effects in the United States as it has in Canada and in nations across Europe: longer wait times and lower quality care”.

Echoing a tweet by Sam Coates of the Conservative party’s new media team, blogger Tory Bear has tried to defend the website by suggesting that the link is tenuous:

“PS uses WordPress. Lots of people he disagrees with use WordPress. He going to cry about that?”

But as Political Scrapbook has made plain:

The arguments about platform (“yeah, but the BNP use WordPress”) would stand up if it weren’t for the fact that the both the tech and political sides are done in-house at David All Group. It’s a political communications consultancy and act.ivi.st is their proprietary platform. Every single one of their staff (bar one) is listed as a Republican operative:
http://www.davidallgroup.com/about

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  • http://twitter.com/goodoldmj/status/10867850164 Martin Johnston

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  • fitaloon

    So let me see the VW bug was designed for Adolf Hitler so everyone who drove or drives a bug is an Adolf Hilter supporter, mass-murderer and jew hater. Got the logic, what a real scoop.

  • http://twitter.com/jenni_jackson/status/10868024214 Jenni Jackson

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  • http://twitter.com/charliewhelan/status/10868155822 charlie whelan

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  • http://twitter.com/clairee_french/status/10868198936 Claire French

    RT @leftfootfwd: Conservative social action campaign in chaos http://bit.ly/bcoXKb #cashgordon

  • http://twitter.com/lawrencemills/status/10868209387 Lawrence Mills

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  • http://twitter.com/bloggerheads/status/10868217425 Tim Ireland

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  • http://twitter.com/prodicustweets/status/10868235421 Prodicus

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  • http://hesspartacus.wordpress.com/ He’s Spartacus

    Thanks for all the publicity, Will.

  • http://twitter.com/nextleft/status/10868274580 Sunder Katwala

    RT @clairee_french: RT @leftfootfwd: Conservative social action campaign in chaos http://bit.ly/bcoXKb #cashgordon

  • http://twitter.com/paulsandars/status/10868278116 Paul Sandars

    RT @charliewhelan: RT @leftfootfwd: Conservative social action campaign in chaos as new campaign page is tweetbombed http://bit.ly/bcoXKb

  • http://twitter.com/stephenmilward/status/10868304755 Stephen Milward

    RT @clairee_french: RT @leftfootfwd: Conservative social action campaign in chaos http://bit.ly/bcoXKb #cashgordon

  • http://twitter.com/unslugged/status/10868307276 unslugged

    Thx 4 incl my tweet! > RT @leftfootfwd Conservative social action campaign in chaos as new campaign page is tweetbombed http://bit.ly/bcoXKb

  • http://www.torybear.com Tory Bear

    http://www.torybear.com/2010/03/labour-planted-story-falls-flat.html

    just before you completely misrepresent my arguments.

    so red cheeked still from Saturday?

  • http://twitter.com/mcgregormt/status/10868549508 Matthew McGregor

    RT @leftfootfwd: Conservative social action campaign in chaos as new campaign page is tweetbombed http://bit.ly/bcoXKb

  • Samuel Coates

    The way those on the Left have got so excited about this today says a lot.

    CashGordon uses an award-winning Facebook Connect app -> left-wing Twittersphere is stone silent all weekend -> and then they rejoice when someone draws a spurious link with evil American lobbyists!

    It’s pretty pathetic.

    I never dreamed that people would use the negative #CashGordon hashtag so much – we’ve got posters and google ads headling with that phrase, and now people like you have helped us disseminate even further!

  • http://twitter.com/bloggerheads/status/10868710729 Tim Ireland

    #cashgordon is a classic #toryfail and you can watch them losing the argument here http://is.gd/aSFIF http://bit.ly/bcoXKb

  • http://twitter.com/mydavidcameron/status/10868819931 MyDavidCameron

    RT @leftfootfwd: Conservative social action campaign in chaos as new campaign page is tweetbombed http://bit.ly/bcoXKb #cashgordon #toryfail

  • http://twitter.com/marythorogood/status/10868850996 Mary Thorogood

    RT @leftfootfwd: Conservative social action campaign in chaos as new campaign page is tweetbombed http://bit.ly/bcoXKb

  • http://twitter.com/nadine_dorries/status/10868925226 ‘Nadine Dorries’

    Stop pointing and laughing at us! http://is.gd/aSFIF http://bit.ly/bcoXKb You're falling into our trap! #cashgordon

  • http://twitter.com/mulberrybush/status/10868927298 diana smith

    RT @mydavidcameron: RT @leftfootfwd: Conservative social action campaign in chaos as new campaign page is tweetbombed http://bit.ly/bcoXKb #cashgordon #toryfail

  • http://twitter.com/manicvic/status/10868944008 Vic Mo

    RT @mydavidcameron: RT @leftfootfwd: Conservative social action campaign in chaos as new campaign page is tweetbombed http://bit.ly/bcoXKb #cashgordon #toryfail

  • http://twitter.com/ed1900and86/status/10868950356 EdH

    RT @mydavidcameron: RT @leftfootfwd: Conservative social action campaign in chaos as new campaign page is tweetbombed http://bit.ly/bcoXKb #cashgordon #toryfail

  • Alex

    Except Sam, most of the tweets are anti-tory, accusing you of misunderstanding social media and advocating victory for the Unite union in their dispute with BA.

    Even saw one earlier calling you twats. Great message to send to voters, that you can’t even control your own propaganda websites. Reminiscent (as so much is in politics these days) of the episode of The Thick of It where Peter Mannion’s blog is bombarded with abuse by Ollie. First person to accuse the site owner of being a cat rapist wins a gold star.

  • http://twitter.com/chris_manch/status/10868992830 Chris Manch

    I'm on the front page of a left wing website! http://bit.ly/bDYuRY #cashgordon #toryfail

  • http://twitter.com/staffordtweets/status/10868994849 diana smith

    RT @mydavidcameron: RT @leftfootfwd: Conservative social action campaign in chaos as new campaign page is tweetbombed http://bit.ly/bcoXKb #cashgordon #toryfail

  • http://twitter.com/psbook/status/10869042409 Political Scrapbook

    RT @Conorpope: @leftfootfwd doing well to highlight @psbook's point that using WP is not the same as #cashgordon site: http://bit.ly/bcoXKb

  • http://twitter.com/chrisplol/status/10869070030 Chris Paul

    RT @leftfootfwd: Conservative social action campaign in chaos as new campaign page is tweetbombed http://bit.ly/bcoXKb

  • http://twitter.com/jachartuk/status/10869092270 Jack Hart

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  • http://twitter.com/simon872/status/10869100220 simon872

    RT @jachartuk: RT @leftfootfwd: Conservative social action campaign in chaos as new campaign page is tweetbombed http://bit.ly/bcoXKb

  • http://twitter.com/nextleft/status/10869138468 Sunder Katwala

    RT @psbook: RT @Conorpope: @leftfootfwd doing well to highlight @psbook's point that using WP is not the same as #cashgordon site: http://bit.ly/bcoXKb

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  • http://twitter.com/pauldburgess/status/10869341756 Paul Burgess

    Oh this is fun – another Tory advertising disaster! http://bit.ly/debwRj A site ripped from the US right + unmoderated tweets = #toryfail

  • Senorviva

    Now now children…

    As Dizzy Thinks points out “as a result of using Akamai Technologies, in an embarrassment to Gordon Brown, his official Downing Street website is notionally hosted alongside the official Church of Scientology News website… oh yes, and McDonalds Norway… I’m lovin’ it!”

  • http://twitter.com/maximusmanc/status/10869790610 Max p

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  • http://twitter.com/jenlewjen/status/10870240329 jen lewis

    RT@leftfootfwd: Conservative social action campaign in chaos as new campaign page is tweetbombed http://bit.ly/bcoXKb #cashgordon #toryfail

  • http://twitter.com/softmutt/status/10870419299 Vanessa Morriss

    Conservative social action campaign in chaos. Left Foot Forward: http://bit.ly/aLzYPd via @addthis >> You wish! Pathetic! #cashgordon

  • http://twitter.com/unslugged/status/10875300184 unslugged

    @frizfrizzle Several blog posts about it – I like http://bit.ly/bcoXKb best but only because it quotes my tweet :)

  • http://twitter.com/ellispritchard/status/10888169983 ellispritchard

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  • http://twitter.com/walterlevin/status/10889476094 Walter Levin

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  • http://twitter.com/marketingdonut/status/12155073922 Marketing Donut

    What about the Conservatives' "Cash Gordon" website? If you remember, this was hijacked: http://bit.ly/debwRj

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