It seems the act of supporting Ron Paul, in the run up to the 2012 U.S. presidential elections, has its own rewards. His loyal supporters are apparently prepared to go great lengths to ensure his success.
Recently, American Idol star Kelly Clarkson received hundreds of negative tweets from followers, after she tweeted of her support for Paul, on Wednesday.
The singer wrote: I liked him a lot during the last Republican nomination and no one gave him a chance. If he wins the nomination for the Republican Party in 2012 he's got my vote. Too bad he probably won't. This reportedly resulted in Clarkson getting hate tweets from her fans, stating she shouldn't have supported an anti-gay activist.
However, the Ron Paul brigade came to her aid and has begun buying her albums in large numbers, according to a CNN report. The pop singer's latest album Stronger moved to 7 from 38 on Amazon.com's sales list, in the space of a single day. Furthermore, album sales skyrocketed between Thursday and Friday.
According to the CNN report, the increase in sales cannot be attributed solely to her endorsements. In fact, buyer reviews on Amazon.com show her support of Paul earned her new fans. The Kelly Clarkson album review page is flooded with Ron Paul 2012 messages from his fans.
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Here are some reviews by the Ron Paul fans on Amazon.com:
Kenny Clark: Thank you for supporting Ron Paul, just for that we are putting together a Kelly Clarkson Money bomb on Facebook, Our goal is to put Miss Clarkson at #1 in sales as a show of our love for her taking a stand and not letting anyone sway her love of Ron Paul! , thank you Kelly!
Corey: Hope you continue to support Republican Party in the upcoming elections and I think you did a great thing in support our rights for freedom and following the constitution.
Sunstamp: Thank you Kelly for supporting Ron Paul, we've got your back!! Don't let the media get you down, be true to yourself and your beliefs.
DNSHAT: First mp3 I've bought in many many years. Thank you for being real. Ron Paul in 2012. There is no other candidate I would vote for.
JusticeSpray: Great CD, I think. Ron Paul 2012. Kelly Clarkson supports him so we support her. And no, Ron Paul is not a racist or a homophobe.
Proud American: Thank you for a wonderful album and for your intelligent support of Dr. Ron Paul. Don't ever let the haters get you down! For every one of them, there are hundreds that are with you. You have a new fan.
Slamgirl: I have always loved Kelly Clarkson but honestly don't pay much attention nor buy music. However, since Kelly has the guts and intelligence to support Ron Paul, I thought I'd listen. I love Dark Side and Honestly. Kelly's voice really puts me in a trance in those. So beautiful. I rarely would buy an entire album but this one is worth it. You go girl.
It seems Kelly Clarkson has hit the right marketing note and her support for Paul has convinced even those unfamiliar with her music to buy her albums. The incident also seems to suggest, particularly to his Republican rivals, Ron Paul is here to stay.