1. Voters for Rent

    Weiner Apparently Hired Crowd of Supporters

    New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner rubs his eyes during a candidate forum on small business, in the Inwood section of the borough of Manhattan, in New York,  Tuesday, July 30, 2013. Weiner plunged to fourth place among Democrats in a poll taken since he admitted to having illicit online exchanges with women even after he resigned from Congress amid a sexting scandal. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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    He may not be leading the race, but you’d think Anthony Weiner could find a few supporters to show up at his appearances and TV ads. According to reports from the New York Post and the New York Daily News, the mayoral candidate used interns to voice support in his newest TV ad, and hired actors from a company called Crowds on Demand to pretend to be “supporters or people who met him and became supporters as a result of that encounter” at the Dominican Day Parade. Weiner’s campaign has denied the charge of hiring supporters, and says of the intern ad that “none of the people in the ad were ever paid by Weiner.”

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