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Pryor says 'Girls Gone Wild' internship prize a hoax

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published April 25, 2012 at 9:53 a.m. Updated April 25, 2012 at 3:57 p.m.

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/STEPHEN B. THORNTON 3/31/2012 U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor speaks Saturday afternoon at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery during a ceremony honoring Arkansas fallen soldiers.

— A spokesman for Sen. Mark Pryor says a purported internship with his office offered as a prize for the winner of a show created by the founder of Girls Gone Wild is a hoax.

Lisa Ackerman, press secretary for Pryor, said the office does not "sell, auction or donate internships" and added later that it has asked authorities to investigate.

"We believe someone outside Senator Pryor’s office has broken the law by fraudulently impersonating a U.S. Senator, fraudulently attempting to sell a government position and using the Senate seal without authorization. We have asked the FBI to fully investigate who is perpetrating this fraud against the senator and the U.S. Senate.

Ackerman called the ploy "the kind of stupid, out-of-left field attacks you will see" as the 2014 election cycle gets under way.

Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis said in a news release Tuesday that the four-week summer internship with Pryor's office was purchased at a private auction earlier this month and then added to the prize package for the show, which airs on HDNet.

Francis said in the release that he decided to buy the internship as a prize because women do not have enough representation in Washington D.C.

The Democratic Party of Arkansas called the claim an attack that represents all that is wrong with Washington.

“These sort of conjured-up attacks are exactly the kind of rhetoric that has broken Washington and are constant distractions from addressing the issues facing our nation," Candace Martin said. "The porn industry has joined an Arkansas Republican activist in attempts at manufacturing outlandish attacks on Arkansas’s U.S. Senator."

Martin called on Arkansas Republicans to condemn the hoax story.

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tomteriffic says... April 25, 2012 at 12:07 p.m.

I find it interesting that Pryor's camp is blaming the Republican party for this.
Who will he blame for the fact that he was the only Democrat that voted against the Buffett tax? He acted more like a Republican in voting against that. I would bet the majority of Arkansan's wanted him to vote for it. I myself wanted him to vote for it. I wonder why he voted against it, who influenced his vote, and possibly was he just voting that way to protect his own investments.

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Popsmith says... April 25, 2012 at 12:11 p.m.

Seems like an appropriate prize. A gal could learn a lot in that office.

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phantagrae says... April 25, 2012 at 12:35 p.m.

My question would be, Who was it that supposedly auctioned off an internship and how would they have the authority to do so?
The most ridiculous aspect, though, is the idea that the kind of girl who would participate in "Girls Gone Wild" would be either interested in or an appropriate choice for an internship. And Joe Francis thinks that these are the kind of women that should have a presence in the nation's capital? For what? More Secret Service sex scandals?

I can't imagine that any political office, no matter what their party affiliation, would offer an internship as an auction prize, since there would be no control over the kind of person who might win it--which is the case here.
Why would any politician want to run the risk of such a high-profile mess?

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RBBrittain says... April 25, 2012 at 12:39 p.m.

Tom, his Buffett-tax vote IMO was political maneuvering. He knows he may well be our only Democrat in Congress in 2013 (if the other incumbents win and the 4th District flips), and he knew the Buffett tax would go down in flames; it was a safe vote for him to use in 2014 to deflect GOP "liberal" claims--and I'm not a Republican. (Only a stupid Republican--a VERY stupid one--would pull THIS stunt; it's Joe Francis himself who's being stupid.)

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T6 says... April 25, 2012 at 1:52 p.m.

Notice how Candace Martin didn't name the Arkansas Republican activist? Do you know who it is? Or are you doing what the left does best, to throw the light off your party?

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JakeTidmore says... April 25, 2012 at 2:04 p.m.

It's a hoax, plain and simple. Bloviating commentators are adding their brand of nothingness to a nothing topic.

Note: Pryor is unpopular with the porn industry for his sponsorship of legislation aimed at preventing access to pornographic websites by children.

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JakeTidmore says... April 25, 2012 at 2:09 p.m.

The Republican activist was semi-identified by the AT: "A paid hack for U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, who will run against Pryor in 2014 unless he runs for governor (though Herb Rule might retire him first), Twittered this news four times in rapid succession this morning, with lascivious photos and lots of cluck-clucking, with much repeating by other [Republicans]."
Am not familiar enough with who in the Republican camp this refers to. Anyone know?

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RoyDaMercer says... April 25, 2012 at 2:18 p.m.

If it was a paid hack the only one I know is John Brummett, but I doubt he works for Tim Griffin. Did Herb Rule and Strom Thurmond graduate from HS together?

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RoyDaMercer says... April 25, 2012 at 3:07 p.m.

Oh I see Jake, the Arkansas Times. Common uses for such AT would be fishwrap and birdcage liner.

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JakeTidmore says... April 25, 2012 at 3:45 p.m.

Your ignorance is showing or else you enjoy being a pompous jerk, ToastedNoasstra.

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