Bills campaign and Minnesota for Marriage campaign say they were hacked

A group campaigning to amend the state’s constitution to ban same-sex marriage and the GOP endorsed candidate for U.S. Senate say someone hacked into their Facebook accounts to write posts on the same-sex marriage issue.

Andy Parrish, deputy campaign manager for the group Minnesota for Marriage, said someone also made unauthorized posts to the group’s Twitter account, He said on Facebook someone posted an Old Testament verse saying the penalty for homosexuality is death.


Parrish said no one with authorized access to the Facebook page posted the verse. He said the post is out of bounds.

“Minnesota for Marriage would never advocate for anybody being put to death,” Parrish said. “We strongly believe that anybody is entitled to love whomever they want to love. We don’t have a position on that. We just have a position on whether marriage in Minnesota should be redefined.”

Parrish said he’s working with Facebook to see who hacked into his account.

The alleged hacking comes a day after Minnesota for Marriage organized a protest outside of General Mills to criticize the company’s opposition to the amendment.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kurt Bills campaign said its Facebook page was also hacked in the past 24 hours. The unauthorized posting said Bills opposes the marriage amendment. Bills’ campaign manager Mike Osskopp said Bills actually supports it.

“This particular post caught our attention because it’s not a subject we’re talking about,” Osskopp said. “We’re talking about the fact that our economy is in trouble. So we immediately went onto the site and rectified it and pulled the post down, and we now resecured it and hopefully it won’t happen again.”

Osskopp said he’ll contact the Minnesota Attorney General’s office to investigate the matter.

It’s unclear if the two incidents are related.

  • Monica

    And 45 of those nutjob followers “liked” that status!


  • Jeff

    The quote was kept up for over an hour after M4M “regained control” of their page. When asked why, they said they were working with local authorities and “Facebook Forensics” teams to figure out who “hacked” their sites. When pressed for a SINGLE name, email address or telephone number for a local authority, Facebook official or Webmaster to confirm their claims, all my posts were deleted, and I was blocked from posting on their Facebook page. Doesn’t that seem fishy???

  • Tom

    This is the same group that put out a press release claiming “hundreds” attended their General Mills protest, when the media present reported no more than 50 people were there. Accuracy and honesty is not their strength.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    Tom, seriously, you published this without confirmation?

    Most “hacks” involve someone fooling someone else into unauthorized access. The “hack” here is that political operatives Parrish and Osskopp fooled Tom Scheck into access to free media coverage of a canard that Tom didn’t bother to confirm.

    End result? The story goes down the Memory Hole, leaving the faintly disgusting hint that those evil “gay agenda” people are nasty hackers, too. Good work, Andy and Mike! Not such good work, Tom!

  • Daniel Cashin

    I love how there are 45 people who “liked” this Facebook update. Moreover, it took Minnesotans for Marriage over ten hours to remove this from its page. Unacceptable!

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