The campaign of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump flat out denied that actors were paid to appear at the real-estate mogul’s campaign launch Tuesday.
An email obtained by The Hollywood Reporter (THR) suggested the crowd gathered in New York Tuesday was ‘astroturf.’ It was sent Friday by New York-based company Extra Mile Casting in conjunction with Gotham Government Relations, another New York-based firm that has done work with Trump in the past.
We are working helping one of are [sic] associates out at Gotham GR – http://gothamgr.com/ with a big event happening on TUESDAY 6/16/15.
This is an event in support of Donald Trump and an upcoming exciting announcement he will be making at this event.
This event is called “People for a Stronger America.” The entire group is a pro-small business group that is dedicated to encouraging Donald Trump and his latest ventures. This event will be televised.
We are looking to cast people for the event to wear t-shirts and carry signs and help cheer him in support of his announcement.
We understand this is not a traditional ‘background job,’ but we believe acting comes in all forms and this is inclusive of that school of thought.
This event is happening LIVE and will be from 8:45AM-11:30AM. LESS THAN 3 HOURS
This will take place inside / interior.
The rate for this is: $50 CASH at the end of the event.
We would love to book you if you are interested and still available.
Please let us know and we will get back to you with confirmation.
THR noted the email was compounded by an Angelo Carusone of Media Matters for America (MMFA), who spotted a now-deleted Instagram photo of Domenico Del Giacco, whom he knows to be a background actor.
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Still, Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski denied the accusations of ‘astroturfing’ to THR. “Mr. Trump draws record crowds at almost every venue at which he is a featured speaker,” Lewandowski said. “The crowds are large, often record-setting and enthusiastic, often with standing ovations. Mr. Trump’s message is, ‘Make America great again.’”
Whether the crowd was genuine or not, one thing’s for certain: Trump’s candidacy has generated a lot of buzz. His campaign issued a press release Thursday which said The Apprentice host was “the most searched Republican Presidential candidate in every state in the country. 3.4 million Facebook users in the U.S. generated 6.4 million interactions regarding the launch of his campaign, the highest by far, among all 2016 GOP candidates.” The release also said Trump was the most-searched Republican presidential candidate on Google Trends.
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