Kelly Clarkson and Michelle Branch may have unofficially endorsed Ron Paul, but Nicole Scherzinger, No Doubt and Rise Against? Not exactly supporters, as recent tweets from the musical artists may lead people to believe.
Early this morning, very similarly-phrased Ron Paul endorsements popped up on the official Twitter accounts of Nicole Scherzinger, No Doubt and Rise Against. The tweets, which were deleted by each artist after several hours, have been confirmed to Billboard.com as hacks.
It's worth noting that all three artists are currently signed to Interscope Records, a curious coincidence that may explain why they're linked in this specific hacking.
Punk rockers Rise Against have a track record of liberal political activism, assuring their fans after the fact, "As you would all assume, We DO NOT support Ron Paul." No Doubt's response: "No political endorsements at this time."
So what exactly did the tweets say?
"Today We Officially Endorse Ron Paul 2012 Donate to him here http://bit.ly/yDrrFI #ronpaulrevolution," read a tweet from No Doubt's account, followed up by: "If you actually read what Ron Paul is saying, you will discover that for the first time in your life a politician is not lying to you."
Nicole Scherzinger's hack read, "For the first time ever a politician isn't lying to us. WAKE UP AMERICA! Ron Paul 2012 I Love this Guy #RonPaulRevolution"
As for the musical artists who legitimately support Paul's libertarian politics, Kelly Clarkson has come under fire for supporting the Republican presidential candidate last month via her Twitter. Despite Twitter backlash, Clarkson's sentiments were quickly co-signed by fellow pop songstress Michelle Branch. At a recent rally in Iowa, Paul actually boasted that sales of Clarkson's recent album "Stronger" had increased by 600 percent following her unofficial endorsement of him -- a figure that is far from true.