Friday, August 18, 2017

Exposed: Online Ad Recruited Charlottesville ‘Activists’ For $25 An Hour



HAT TIP: Suzanne Eovaldi

The following article appeared on the Conservative Daily Post on August 17th

Posted by Anthony Cesario  

Earlier this week, a large “Unite the Right” protest was held in Charlottesville, Virginia. Unfortunately, the rally was disrupted by a massive amount of counter-protesters. Apparently, it looks like some of them were paid actors found on Craigslist for $25 an hour.

According to reports, Crowds on Demand, a Public Relations firm based in Los Angeles, recently posted an advertisement on Craigslist asking people in North Carolina to reach out if they’re interested in being a paid actor or photographer. Specifically, the ad said, “Crowds on Demand, a Los Angeles-based Public Relations firm specializing in innovative events, is looking for enthusiastic actors and photographers in the Charlotte, NC area to participate in our events.”
Thugs on Demand

To clarify, they added, “our events include everything from rallies to protests to corporate PR stunts to celebrity scenes. The biggest qualification is enthusiasm, a ‘can-do’ spirit. Pay will vary by event but typically is $25+ per hour plus reimbursements for gas/parking/Uber/public transit.”

However, Adam Swart, the CEO of Crowds on Demand, insisted that his organization was not involved in the event in any way. “We were not involved in any capacity with the recent tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those impacted by the violence,” stated Swart, without providing any more details.

Unfortunately, paying actors to participate in protests is not a new tactic. During the protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline back in 2016, numerous Craiglist ads were posted for part-time and full-time paid protesters. One ad, for example, stated, “I will pay $1,000 cash to anyone who proves they quit their job to protest full time with me. I will also pay for travel and food as long as I can afford it for this [sic] people joining the long term fight.”
Adam Swart

The ad also mentioned that people who show up for just the first night will also get paid. Specifically, it said, “as for everyone else who shows the first night I will pay $50 cash for adults and $20 for each child you bring. If you are a BLM or anti-Trump you will also get paid to join my protest. We need to body’s [sic]. Just tonight we shut down Veterans bridge. Get involved people save mother earth.”

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