Conservative Party 'Cash Gordon' campaign was designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyists

On the day the US Congress passed legislation providing health coverage to 32 million Americans without insurance, Political Scrapbook can reveal the Conservatives’ Cash Gordon campaign was developed by an anti-healthcare lobbyist described as “Karl Rove 2.0″.

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”.

In an embarrassment for CCHQ, the party’s flagship campaign is currently hosted alongside those attempting to “rescue America from government-run health care”, including NotSoSure.org and Hands Off.  Another site rails against homosexuals in the armed forces, stating the military “should not be used as a tool to advance the goals of gay activist groups”.

One wonders what the “few days” spent creating Cash Gordon were used for. As the graphic below shows (click to enlarge), the much vaunted site is almost identical to NoEnergyTax.com. The initiative from the right-wing Heritage Foundation aims to scupper carbon trading legislation designed to combat climate change. Funders of the foundation include a host of corporate special interests such as oil giants Chevron Texaco and Exxon Mobil.

"Cash Gordon" and "No Energy Tax" campaigns compared

Spot the difference: "Cash Gordon" and "No Energy Tax" campaigns compared

Contrived to herd visitors through a linear series of actions, Cash Gordon rewards users with a system redolent of primary school merit points. Once you’ve read Michael Gove’s bonkers “new militant tendency” speech (described by the FT as “lazy politics”) you receive a gold sticker – oh sorry –  25 points. Helping to bombard Charlie Whelan with hectoring tweets (straight out of the #kerryout playbook) gets you 20 points.

But perhaps the biggest indictment of the campaign is the level of engagement achieved in relation to its cost. With a $15,000 pricetag, the act.ivi.st web platform makes Cash Gordon the most expensive few web pages in UK politics – and it gets worse. At the time of writing, links to cash-gordon.com have been tweeted 241 times. That’s a shocking £41 per tweet. Even widening the net to every single mention of #cashgordon by the general public brings this down to a bargain basement price of, erm, £15.50.

Attacking Labour’s union links: £15 per tweet.
Recycling an anti-healthcare web platform: priceless!

Many thanks: to Steve Hanlon for his invaluable help.

39 Comments

  1. New post –> Tory 'Cash Gordon' campaign designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyist http://is.gd/aSFIF #cashgordon

  2. Max p says:

    RT @psbook: New post –> Tory 'Cash Gordon' campaign designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyist http://is.gd/aSFIF #cashgordon

  3. Social comments and analytics for this post…

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  5. RT @BevaniteEllie: Oh dear. RT @psbook: Conservative Party 'Cash Gordon' campaign was designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyists http://bit.ly/a4vTZz

  6. RT @benfurber: RT @psbook: Tory 'Cash Gordon' campaign designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyist http://is.gd/aSFIF #cashgordon

  7. RT @BevaniteEllie: Oh dear. RT @psbook: Conservative Party 'Cash Gordon' campaign was designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyists http://bit.ly/a4vTZz

  8. Cat says:

    'Cash Gordon' campaign designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyist http://is.gd/aSFIF #cashgordon (via @psbook)

  9. RT @BevaniteEllie: Oh dear. RT @psbook: Conservative Party 'Cash Gordon' campaign was designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyists http://bit.ly/a4vTZz

  10. RT @BevaniteEllie: Oh dear. RT @psbook: Conservative Party 'Cash Gordon' campaign was designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyists http://bit.ly/a4vTZz

  11. Crikey> RT @psbook: Conservative Party 'Cash Gordon' campaign was designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyists http://bit.ly/a4vTZz

  12. This is not a big deal. The service provider is: http://act.ivi.st/

    If you berate X for using http://act.ivi.st/ just because Y does, then you should berate everyone who uses WordPress.com/blogger.com/blogspot.com just because Y does.

    They’re *exactly the same sort of thing*.

  13. RT @AdamBienkov RT @psbook Tory 'Cash Gordon' campaign designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyist http://is.gd/aSFIF

  14. RT @BevaniteEllie: RT @psbook: Conservative Party 'Cash Gordon' campaign was designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyists http://bit.ly/a4vTZz

  15. RT @CatTurner: 'Cash Gordon' campaign designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyist http://is.gd/aSFIF #cashgordon (via @psbook)

  16. RT @catturner: 'Cash Gordon' campaign designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyist http://is.gd/aSFIF #cashgordon (via @psbook)

  17. RT @bloggerheads: Hahaha! #cashgordon revealed to be a massive #toryfail -> http://is.gd/aSFIF <- great post from @psbook

  18. RT @PSBook New post –> Tory 'Cash Gordon' campaign designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyist http://is.gd/aSFIF #cashgordon

  19. Conservative Party 'Cash Gordon' campaign was designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyists http://bit.ly/9cRZ9d <Great stuff from @psbook

  20. RT @Jessica_Asato: Conservative Party 'Cash Gordon' campaign was designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyists http://bit.ly/9cRZ9d <Great stuff from @psbook

  21. @psbook Must be Dan Hannan's anti NHS networking that gave Tories the contact. http://is.gd/aSFIF #cashgordon

  22. RT @bloggerheads: Hahaha! #cashgordon revealed to be a massive #toryfail -> http://is.gd/aSFIF <- great post from @psbook

  23. RT @Jessica_Asato: Conservative Party 'Cash Gordon' campaign was designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyists http://bit.ly/9cRZ9d <Grea …

  24. fitaloon says:

    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.

  25. Samuel Coates says:

    This post sounds scandalous, but it’s not. Your logic is that people should only use web platforms that are only shared by those you agree with. So presumably you’ll be moving off WordPress then?

    Developers build website platforms, not lobbyists. As far as I can see this particular award-winning platform has had nothing to do with healthcare issues?

    On cost, obviously don’t know what was paid so your speculation is pointless. You’re also for some reason measuring this Facebook campaign’s (so far considerable) success solely by the number of tweets linking to it.

  26. RT @BeauBodOr: @psbook Must be Dan Hannan's anti NHS networking that gave Tories the contact. http://is.gd/aSFIF #cashgordon

  27. RT @bloggerheads: Hahaha! #cashgordon revealed to be a massive #toryfail -> http://is.gd/aSFIF <- great post from @psbook

  28. RT @BeauBodOr: @psbook Must be Dan Hannan's anti NHS networking that gave Tories the contact. http://is.gd/aSFIF #cashgordon

  29. RT @jordannewell Tory 'Cash Gordon' campaign was designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyists. Why am I not surprised? http://bit.ly/a4vTZz

  30. "Attacking Labour’s union links: £15 per tweet. Recycling an anti-healthcare web platform: priceless!" http://bit.ly/bKzUJT

  31. STOP THE PRESS

    ‘LEFT-WING BRITISH POLITICAL BLOG’ WAS DESIGNED BY BNP LOBBYISTS’ http://bit.ly/9t6BXQ

  32. Brilliant expose of Tory 'Cash Gordon' campaign by @psbook http://is.gd/aSFIF #cashgordon #toryfail

  33. RT @BeauBodOr: @psbook Must be Dan Hannan's anti NHS networking that gave Tories the contact. http://is.gd/aSFIF #cashgordon

  34. RT @eaonp: "Attacking Labour’s union links: £15 per tweet. Recycling an anti-healthcare web platform: priceless!" http://bit.ly/bKzUJT

  35. RT @mydavidcameron: Brilliant expose of Tory 'Cash Gordon' campaign by @psbook http://is.gd/aSFIF #cashgordon #toryfail

  36. Tory's #CashGordon campaign was designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyists. Quite an anti-union/ anti-NHS combination http://bit.ly/cyvdDa

  37. Tory #cashgordon campaign brought to you by the team that tried to scupper US healthcare reform (via @psbook) http://is.gd/aSFIF #ToryFail

  38. (Yes, I am aware that the website was in fact that of the BNP and not a lobbying group, but you see my point made with tongue firmly in cheek, I hope).

  39. RT @garryq: Tory's #CashGordon campaign was designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyists. Quite an anti-union/ anti-NHS combination http://bit.ly/cyvdDa

  40. RT @bloggerheads: Hahaha! #cashgordon revealed to be a massive #toryfail -> http://is.gd/aSFIF <- great post from @psbook

  41. RT @wdjstraw: Tory #cashgordon campaign brought to you by team that tried to scupper US healthcare reform (via @psbook) http://is.gd/aSFIF

  42. RT @BeauBodOr: @psbook Must be Dan Hannan's anti NHS networking that gave Tories the contact. http://is.gd/aSFIF #cashgordon

  43. Still laughing at #toryfail http://is.gd/aSFIF which kills #cashcroft campaign *and* undermines the Tory narrative about online innovation

  44. RT @wdjstraw: Tory #cashgordon campaign brought to you by the team that tried to scupper US healthcare reform (via @psbook) http://is.gd/aSFIF #ToryFail

  45. RT @garryq Tory's #CashGordon campaign designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyists. Quite an anti-union/anti-NHS combo http://bit.ly/cyvdDa

  46. RT @psbook Tory 'Cash Gordon' campaign designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyist http://is.gd/aSFIF

  47. Mark says:

    RT @SohoPolitico: RT @garryq Tory's #CashGordon campaign designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyists. Quite an anti-union/anti-NHS combo http://bit.ly/cyvdDa

  48. Seems to be the time for left-wing blogs to do silly process stories – first Will Straw trying to make a story out of video Chris Grayling supporting Conservative party policy, now you’re getting wound up because the Conservative party uses an off the shelf platform.

    We can’t all be powered by Tangent Labs (thank god).

  49. RT @wdjstraw: Tory #cashgordon campaign brought to you by team that tried to scupper US healthcare reform (via @psbook) http://is.gd/aSFIF

  50. RT @mydavidcameron: RT @mohumb $15,000 for this? But it's total shit. Looks like a bad GCSE IT project http://is.gd/aSFIF #cashgordon

  51. RT @mydavidcameron: Brilliant expose of Tory 'Cash Gordon' campaign by @psbook http://is.gd/aSFIF #cashgordon #toryfail

  52. [...] RT @mohumb $15,000 for this? But it’s total shit. Looks like a bad GCSE IT project http://is.gd/aSFIF #cashgordon Like – [...]

  53. RT @HallyMk1: RT @mydavidcameron: Brilliant expose of Tory 'Cash Gordon' campaign by @psbook http://is.gd/aSFIF #cashgordon #toryfail

  54. Jon Worth says:

    RT @bloggerheads: The client has been diddled *and* greatly embarassed http://is.gd/aSFIF This fact can be broadcast on the #cashgordon website. Total fail.

  55. RT @LibDemPress: RT @psbook Tory 'Cash Gordon' campaign designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyist http://is.gd/aSFIF

  56. Left-wing blog, @PSBook, unhappy about CCHQ's use of Republican street-fighter's technology http://is.gd/aSFIF

  57. RT @KaschWilder: RT @wdjstraw: Tory #cashgordon campaign brought to you by team that tried to scupper US healthcare reform (via @psbook) http://is.gd/aSFIF

  58. RT @bloggerheads: The client has been diddled *and* greatly embarassed http://is.gd/aSFIF This fact can be broadcast on the #cashgordon website. Total fail.

  59. Alan P says:

    @bloggerheads @joecassels @Red_Nick The "brilliant expose" of #cashgordon is a #fail in itself as the commenters on http://is.gd/aSFIF noted

  60. RT @bloggerheads: The client has been diddled *and* greatly embarassed http://is.gd/aSFIF This fact can be broadcast on the #cashgordon website. Total fail.

  61. 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

    Last time I checked, WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg wasn’t being paid to scupper Obama’s legislative programme.

    On cost: TechPresident reports that: “Act.ivi.st microsites come at $15,000 a pop, All says. The way they’re designed, each site is really only useful for one issue, so you’d need to buy a new one for each policy push.”
    http://techpresident.com/blog-entry/springtime-republican-political-technology

    If the Tories paid something else then perhaps they’d care to enlighten us? Over to you @SamuelCoates

  62. left-wingers complaining about how Tory campaign site was designed? Scraping the barrel much? http://bit.ly/cXC1bW (via @TimMontgomerie)

  63. Samuel Coates says:

    I’m still missing the story here – we’ve invested in an award-winning Facebook Connect app, nothing else. Where have we endorsed others who have used it?

    Essentially, the left-wing Twittersphere was stone silent all weekend because we launched a truly innovative online campaign – and now to their delight they’ve found a way to spuriously link it to evil American lobbyists. It’s pretty pathetic.

  64. >> political sides are both done in-house at David All Group
    Are you suggesting, then, that the Conservatives paid act.ivi.st not just for the platform, but also for the idea?

    >> can’t get away from the fact that they’re a political communications consultancy
    Are you also suggesting that the group (republican or not) are actively campaigning on behalf of the Conservatives in the UK?

    >> WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg wasn’t being paid to scupper Obama’s legislative programme
    If he was, would you still be using WordPress?

    It is clear that act.ivi.st is just a platform, whoever the group behind the service is. We could go looking at the political backgrounds of plenty of platform developers, and find eventually similarly tedious links between anyone and everyone.

    The fact is that this is a non-story, and has been worded to scaremonger.

    It is disappointing to see coming from the psbook.

  65. Tom FD says:

    OMG the centre-right politicians in Britain have connections with people on the centre-right in America! They might even have differing opinions about important political issues!!! It’s a shocking scandal!!!!!!!!!!

  66. RT @montrose77: left-wingers complaining about how Tory campaign site was designed? Scraping the barrel much? http://bit.ly/cXC1bW (via …

  67. RT @timmontgomerie: Left-wing blog, @PSBook, unhappy about CCHQ's use of Republican street-fighter's technology http://is.gd/aSFIF

  68. Belfegore says:

    RT @mydavidcameron: RT @mohumb $15,000 for this? But it's total shit. Looks like a bad GCSE IT project http://is.gd/aSFIF #cashgordon

  69. RT @mydavidcameron: Brilliant expose of Tory 'Cash Gordon' campaign by @psbook http://is.gd/aSFIF #cashgordon #toryfail

  70. RT @psbook: New post –> Tory 'Cash Gordon' campaign designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyist http://is.gd/aSFIF #cashgordon

  71. kapten 1 says:

    RT @tweetmeme Conservative Party ‘Cash Gordon’ campaign was designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyist.. http://ow.ly/1qtzd6

  72. Joe Mahon says:

    RT @psbook: New post –> Tory 'Cash Gordon' campaign designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyist http://is.gd/aSFIF #cashgordon

  73. VicSingh says:

    Evil attracts evil and the end of the day.

    It reveals a deeo seated hatred by Tories for the NHS and any other bodies that may be set up for the betterment of ordinary people (including Unions).

    Nothing new, same old scummy Tories.

  74. Hahahaha crazy neocon social media inna box, very well done http://bit.ly/ajCXPb
    #cashgordon

  75. RT @charliewhelan: The Tory anti union campaign same as anti health care mob in US. That failed too http://is.gd/aSFIF #toryfail

  76. RT @psbook: Conservative Party 'Cash Gordon' campaign was designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyists http://bit.ly/a4vTZz

  77. [...] 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. [...]

  78. RT @labourlist: RT @PSBook New post –> Tory 'Cash Gordon' campaign designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyist http://is.gd/aSFIF #cashgordon

  79. Jon Ivins says:

    RT @psbook: New post –> Tory 'Cash Gordon' campaign designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyist http://is.gd/aSFIF #cashgordon

  80. RT @psbook: New post –> Tory 'Cash Gordon' campaign designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyist http://is.gd/aSFIF #cashgordon

  81. RT @Islingtonlabour: US anti-healthcare lobbyists are behind the Tory #cashgordon campaign http://bit.ly/9cRZ9d – shameful!

  82. RT @LabourList: RT @PSBook New post –> Tory 'Cash Gordon' campaign designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyist http://is.gd/aSFIF #cashg …

  83. RT @charliewhelan: The Tory anti union campaign same as anti health care mob in US. That failed too http://is.gd/aSFIF #toryfail

  84. Tories line the pockets of USA anti-healthcare lobbyists – http://bit.ly/9cRZ9d

  85. RT @Jessica_Asato: Conservative Party 'Cash Gordon' campaign was designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyists http://bit.ly/9cRZ9d <Grea …

  86. #cashgordon site 'bought from Republican strategists' – built for anti-healthcare reform campaign http://bit.ly/9cRZ9d (via @tamsinbishton)

  87. RT @politicsofuk Tory Party "Cash Gordon" campaign designed by US anti-#hcr lobbyists http://bit.ly/dvnCaR GTFO of my country, assholes #p2

  88. Will Straw says:

    Tory Bear, Tom FD, Samuel Coates – your argument is completely facetious. The David All Group are a small conservative consultancy with a staff associated with the worst aspects of American Republicanism. It’s completely different from using widely available applications or software such as Facebook or WordPress.

  89. RT @politicsofuk: Conservative Party "Cash Gordon" campaign was designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyists #ukpolitics http://bit.ly/dvnCaR

  90. RT @charliewhelan: The Tory anti union campaign same as anti health care mob in US. That failed too http://is.gd/aSFIF #toryfail

  91. John says:

    Some of the dodgy front groups they have in the states make the Tax Payers Alliance or Migration Watch look like the boy scouts – This guy is far from alone: http://www.bermanexposed.org/

    The language around this stuff is the scariest – trying to mobilise concerned people and sucker them into supporting vested interests against themselves, be they tobacco, oil, drink, insurance, unionbusters or whatever. A serious lack of respect for the people they recruit to follow them.

    It’s certainly true you can use a system, or even hire a consultant, from nasty campaigns without meaning you’re nasty yourself, but you think the Tories would rather not have even the slightest association to some of these groups if they could avoid it.

    If these are the kind of go-to people the new Tories are happy to use for campaigning, I’d be worried that some of the other less savoury part of US lobbying/web campaigning are coming our way too.

  92. Charles A-S says:

    Excellent stuff, promoting the Cash Gordon site further with a petty meaningless story.

    Priceless!

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

  94. Conservative Party #cashgordon campaign was designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyists http://is.gd/aSNWb

  95. I clicked on #cashgordon on trending topics and read all the tweets on the first page, none supportive of the campaign. http://is.gd/aSNWb

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

  97. gcharlton says:

    @malcolmcoles More on cashgordon here if you're interested: http://bit.ly/9cRZ9d

  98. Tories #cashgordon campaign designers are homophobic US Karl Rovealikes http://j.mp/bKzUJT HT @psbook

  99. Tom says:

    I really don’t see what the big deal is. If I wanted to make an astroturfing online campaign that pretends to defend ordinary people while actually sucking up to big business and doing everything possible to weaken the position of the man on the street, I’d go to people with a track record of doing that too.

  100. RT @ciphergoth: Tories #cashgordon campaign designers are homophobic US Karl Rovealikes http://j.mp/bKzUJT HT @psbook

  101. Shamik Das says:

    This is a brilliant scoop from psbook. The co-ordinated reponse of the so-called “independent, free-minded” Tory blogosphere is testament to how rattled they are.

    Anyway, here’s a reminder of how some of those who oppose healthcare reform behave, from today’s Guardian – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/22/us-healthcare-bill-passes-congress -

    “Some directed racist and other derogatory remarks at African-American members of Congress, including John Lewis, one of the veterans of the 1960s civil rights movement. One congressman was spat on.

    “Another protester shouted “faggot” at Democratic congressman Barney Frank.”

    We should remember whose side certain Euro-sceptic NHS-hating Tories are on in all this. Nice, new party? No f***ing chance!

  102. RT @charliewhelan: The Tory anti union campaign same as anti health care mob in US. That failed too http://is.gd/aSFIF #toryfail

  103. Saying that David All Group is the same as WordPress and Facebook is ridiculous. There is a huge difference between a platform which can be used by everyone and a platform which is designed by political partisans and is used by political partisans from the same side of the trenches.

  104. softmutt says:

    Sorry dude…Your reasoning don’t stand up to scrutiny. Can’t see why it should make a difference. It’s an off the shelf web site. Big deal.

  105. @bloggerheads #cashgordon is a classic #toryfail – watch them losing the argument here http://is.gd/aSFIF Had you down as smarter than that.

  106. Mark Hanson says:

    Sam, this idea that a flood of negative #cashgordon comments on the site is good is an interesting point. I guess there’s no such thing as bad publicity….

  107. [...] is probably explained by the fact that not much thought went into the site as they bought it off some anti-healthcare-reform US campaigners [...]

  108. Conor says:

    Excellent story PS, this really does matter. The Tories’ defence that “it’s the same as using WordPress” is ridiculous – WordPress isn’t an inherently political organisation.

    Although they’re right about the free promotion. I, for one, would never have looked at the site had PS not mentioned it.

  109. RT @wdjstraw: Tory #cashgordon campaign brought to you by the team that tried to scupper US healthcare reform (via @psbook) http://is.gd/aSFIF #ToryFail

  110. RT @tweetmeme Conservative Party ‘Cash Gordon’ campaign was designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyist.. http://ow.ly/1qtzd6

  111. Max p says:

    RT @charliewhelan: The Tory anti union campaign same as anti health care mob in US. That failed too http://is.gd/aSFIF #toryfail

  112. It seems to me that the substantive question is whether act.ivi.st is available to political campaigns that David All doesn’t agree with.

    If it’s available to anyone who pays, then it really doesn’t matter. If it’s available to the Tories because David All likes the Tories, then that’s effectively a case where David All is supporting the Tories. That then makes the question meaningful – ie, “If David All supports the Tories, what does that say about the Tories?”.

  113. Roy Bohan says:

    Doing a bit of lunchtime surfing on the three unwise MP’s and their attempts to make more cash, and I found this complete and utter non-story. Whether you think cash gordon is wrong or right, you have to think whether it got/is getting decent press coverage.

    Given how long til the election, that is all that matters. Left wingers slagging off right wingers a week later in a blog means nothing. Given what is rumoured to be announced (with a nice new anti-Gordon/Unit/Whelan website) and launched this Thursday you will be more than busy blogging for the next few weeks.

  114. Sunder Katwala says:

    Kudos to Tom’s comment earlier@12.18pm

    “I really don’t see what the big deal is. If I wanted to make an astroturfing online campaign that pretends to defend ordinary people while actually sucking up to big business and doing everything possible to weaken the position of the man on the street, I’d go to people with a track record of doing that too”.

    Doesn’t that nail it?

    ***

    By the way, “David All is the internet and he believes you are too”
    http://davidallgroup.com/about

  115. RT @wdjstraw: Tory #cashgordon campaign brought to you by the team that tried to scupper US healthcare reform (via @psbook) http://is.gd/aSFIF #ToryFail

  116. dizzy says:

    From Twitter: @psbook: Perhaps someone should teach @dizzy_thinks the difference between shared hosting and a dedicated server?

    Hmm let’s see, dedicated hosting, a dedicated single webserver, most likely Apache, serving pages for only one single website under one single domain. Shared hosting, a single webserver configured using the VirtualHost element to serve pages for multiple websites under multiple domains. Cash Gordon website? That’ll be a VirtualHost on a shared webserver.

    If you’d like to read a manual on it I suggest looking here: http://httpd.apache.org/docs/1.3/vhosts/

    Word of advice mate, don’t try to tell me how my chosen profession as a Sysadmin managing multiple domains across multiple webservers in multiple countries is done. I’ll make you look like a complete tit.

  117. RT @politicsofuk: Conservative Party "Cash Gordon" campaign was designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyists #ukpolitics http://bit.ly/dvnCaR

  118. Triffid says:

    You really might want to read Dizzy’s article … do I hear the words “Ooops” ?

    Embarrassing. Just embarrassing.

  119. RT @psbook: Conservative Party 'Cash Gordon' campaign was designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyists http://bit.ly/a4vTZz

  120. donpaskini says:

    What Tom said.

    TomFD’s remarks rather give the game away – these people are not “the centre right”, they are far right extremist wingnuts. Most people who have a look at the “work” of this organisation find it repellent and disgusting, the Tories find it fascinating, useful and worth investing in.

  121. RT @wdjstraw: Tory #cashgordon campaign brought to you by the team that tried to scupper US healthcare reform (via @psbook) http://is.gd/aSFIF #ToryFail

  122. RT via @psbook Tory #cashgordon campaign brought to you by the team that tried to scupper US healthcare reform http://is.gd/aSFIF #ToryFail

  123. John Nor says:

    RT @psbook: New post –> Tory 'Cash Gordon' campaign designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyist http://is.gd/aSFIF #cashgordon

  124. Don't the Conservatives have some interesting friends? http://tinyurl.com/ygbv8pf

  125. Did they really spend $15,000 on a site that can be brought down by a piece of Javascript in a tweet?

  126. RT @wdjstraw: Tory #cashgordon campaign brought to you by the team that tried to scupper US healthcare reform (via @psbook) http://is.gd/aSFIF #ToryFail

  127. Tom FD says:

    They might be extreme from the UK’s point of view but actually on the centre-right of the US political spectrum. Obamacare is the issue the Republicans are fighting their campaigns on because it is clearly something a large section of the US population is deeply concerned about – even the bill’s supporters readily concede it is deeply flawed. The Conservatives in the UK are fighting campaigns on distinct issues of their own that relate to this country’s political climate – such as Labour being in the pocket of the same union attempting to ground air traffic to a halt this weekend, for example.

    Is it accurate to call someone “extreme” because they want the law to stay the same as it has been for years and years?

  128. RT @tweetmeme Conservative Party ‘Cash Gordon’ campaign was designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyist.. http://ow.ly/1qtzd6

  129. Chris Keating says:

    Well, it’s gone now. Wonder if it will be making a return! I wasn’t too sold on the underlying concept in any case… bit.ly/9S6JqM

  130. Conservative Party 'Cash Gordon' campaign was designed by US anti … http://bit.ly/cIt6Xi

  131. Holy moly, the #cashgordon website cost $15,000? http://bit.ly/dnk9bf – shame on you act.ivi.st! (via @picklepete)

  132. New post –> Hackers redirect Cash Gordon site to pornography (safe for work) http://is.gd/aSFIF #cashgordon

  133. John Nor says:

    RT @psbook: New post –> Hackers redirect Cash Gordon site to pornography (safe for work) http://is.gd/aSFIF #cashgordon

  134. RT @psbook: New post –> Hackers redirect Cash Gordon site to pornography (safe for work) http://is.gd/aSFIF #cashgordon

  135. RT @psbook: New post –> Hackers redirect Cash Gordon site to pornography (safe for work) http://is.gd/aSFIF #cashgordon

  136. Like I said, All Mouse & No Trousers http://bit.ly/cAyWcN RT @psbook: Hackers redirect #CashGordon site to porn (sfw) http://is.gd/aSFIF

  137. RT @lukewaterfield: RT @psbook: New post –> Hackers redirect Cash Gordon site to pornography (safe for work) http://is.gd/aSFIF #cas …

  138. RT @psbook: New post –> Hackers redirect Cash Gordon site to pornography (safe for work) http://is.gd/aSFIF #cashgordon

  139. Simon says:

    According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_Misuse_Act_1990 – “unauthorised modification of computer material” is an offence. By injecting code maliciously it is likely you are in breech of this Act.

    Furthermore, I also imagine it will be against the Twitter terms and conditions. According to http://twitter.com/tos you should not

    “use the Services to send altered, deceptive or false source-identifying information; or (v) interfere with, or disrupt, (or attempt to do so), the access of any user, host or network, including, without limitation, sending a virus, overloading, flooding, spamming, mail-bombing the Services, or by scripting the creation of Content in such a manner as to interfere with or create an undue burden on the Services.”

    As the Twitter embed on the Cash-Gordon website was a legitimate use of the Twitter service, those doing code injection can be considered to be in breech of these terms.

    So well done everyone who’s responsible for this recent Javascript injection. Hope you’re proud of yourselves.

  140. [...] In an embarrassment for CCHQ, the party’s flagship campaign is currently hosted alongside those attempting to ”rescue America from government-run health care”, including NotSoSure.org and Hands Off.  Another site rails against homosexuals in the armed forces, stating the military “should not be used as a tool to advance the goals of gay activist groups”. via politicalscrapbook.net [...]

  141. [...] exposé this morning, the Conservatives’ Cash Gordon campaign has been taken down after hackers targeted the [...]

  142. jenweb says:

    RT @psbook: New post –> Hackers redirect Cash Gordon site to pornography (safe for work) http://is.gd/aSFIF #cashgordon

  143. Ahaha, UK Conserv #cashgordon website was misdesigned (allowing in porn spam) by US anti-#hcr designers! http://tinyurl.com/ygbv8pf

  144. @Spinwatch Cash-Gordon website developed by US anti-healthcare lobbyists according to Political Scrapbook http://is.gd/aT1cT

  145. Hughes. says:

    The stench of desperation around this article is rancid. I can understand that any pathetic ploy to steer people away from the filthy revelations of Byers, Hewiit and Hoon seems attractive, but this is just pitiful.

  146. Josephine says:

    OOH! Lets cause a non stink, anything to keep eyes off what;s really happening in Labour – Byers, Hewitt, Hoon also Whelan and his Unite pals – and do we really want a gov’t that is more than 50% funded by Unions? – that does not feel much like a true Democracy to me.
    Poor little boy red – get another real story…
    Josephine

  147. Josephine says:

    oops! yet more typing errors from little old me. Sorry! It rather takes away the indignation felt …..

  148. Conservatives’ Cash Gordon campaign developed by US anti-healthcare lobbyist http://tinyurl.com/ygbv8pf

  149. Conservative Party 'Cash Gordon' campaign was designed by US anti … http://bit.ly/d6G42u

  150. [...] campaign website, but that’s a different story which I will leave to my online comrade Political Scrapbook) didn’t bother to protect the website from cross site scripting (XSS). Unfortunately for [...]

  151. RT @wdjstraw: Tory #cashgordon campaign brought to you by the team that tried to scupper US healthcare reform (via @psbook) http://is.gd/aSFIF #ToryFail

  152. blanco says:

    Where are all the Toryscum now? Cash Gordon? More like David Spameron.

  153. titus aduxas says:

    15000 quid for the website? That’s only 3 day’s of Steven Byer’s time.

    Seems slime and Labour are synonymous.

  154. And here is who's allegedly behind the Cash Gordon site: http://bit.ly/bKzUJT #whenmemesgowrong

  155. [...] which had only attracted a few hundred users since its launch over the weekend, was sparked by Political Scrapbook which revealed that the web campaign was “designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyists”. [...]

  156. Geoff S says:

    So Weak ! (ask Ed Balls)

  157. [...] was Political Scrapbook who brilliantly produced the information that  the Tory website had been produced by US [...]

  158. RT @bloggerheads: For those who came in late; #cashgordon in 3 links http://bit.ly/c1zzVR http://bit.ly/cj8o4m http://bit.ly/bcRlZJ

  159. [...] expensive (and insecure) off-the-shelf systems from Republican consultancies, the Conservatives have attempted to salvage their online reputation today with the the Your Budget [...]

  160. [...] came the news that the Tories’ CashGordon had used an off-the-shelf template developed by a US [...]

  161. [...] the complete and utter failure of the Tories’ Crashed Gordon website, here are some of tweets on the story: @richwareham: [...]

  162. Anyone who is sitting on the general election fence please read: http://tinyurl.com/ygbv8pf

  163. RT @wdjstraw: Tory #cashgordon campaign brought to you by the team that tried to scupper US healthcare reform (via @psbook) http://is.gd/aSFIF #ToryFail

  164. [...] the whole #CashGordon imbroglio set in train here, Scrapbook suspects Messrs Coates and Elder may be having a little fun. So if you see the link on [...]

  165. Norm says:

    Conservative Party ‘Cash Gordon’ campaign was designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyists… I am confused as to the message of this post. Obviously the anti healthcare lobbyists were capitalist teenagers cashing in on Cash Gordon. Anyone can purchase web hosting at economical prices that includes website generation software that even granny can use. With just a few clicks of the mouse, before second tea, you can have a $15,000 dollar website online…with no additional cost, and ready for whatever use you wish. With the wise choice of templates, you can even make a site so intricate and detailed, that it will befuddle even the most sincere British Healthcare supporter. The animated Mickey Mouse characters keeps them amused for hours.
    –This from your friendly MOST CONSERVATIVE WEBSITE in America, AlabamaTeaParty.org

  166. [...] Conservatives’ Cash Gordon campaign was at one point costing the party £15 per tweet [...]

  167. [...] Game, which is rallying supporters against President Obama's healthcare reforms):Cash Gordon, reports Political Scrapbook, also hosted beside campaign sites Hands Off, which aggregates tweets against healthcare reforms, [...]

  168. [...] Political Scrapbook website said the conviction was in relation to the beating of a man in Yorkshire who had attacked [...]

  169. [...] top finance committee without declaring a potentially conflicting interest in a secret company, Political Scrapbook can reveal. UKIP’s Godfrey Bloom, a member the influential Committee on Economic and Monetary [...]

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