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Who's Hunting for Huntsman on Freelancer Site?

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, May 26 2011

Politico's Ben Smith dives into an Iowa political blog's report that someone seems to be both (a) offering $1,500 for someone else to figure out what other sites the owner of JonHuntsman.com owns, by using that site's Google Analytics code and (b) advertising for possibly campaign-esque jobs on oDesk.com, a "remote staffing" job board for freelancers.

Smith reports that Huntsman's PAC says, yep, it was one of their developers posting the Analytics code hunting request -- but that the other jobs ("Email Coding," "Social Media Effort") aren't Huntsman related.

The Iowa blogger isn't convinced, and writes that "if Huntsman’s new media efforts are any indication, he is an amateur who is going to get crushed under the heat and pressure of a presidential campaign."

Smith notes that the owner of JonHuntsman.com is former DNC staffer Mike Link. Seems there's an easy fifteen hundred bucks on the table for him, then.

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