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Photos Of People Endorsing Rand Paul Are From German-Based Stock Photographer

Ich bin ein Berliner. Update: The photos have been removed.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul launched his presidential campaign Tuesday complete with a page to endorse the new presidential candidate.

The endorsements are then presented on a map of the United States.

The people on the endorsement map, however, appear to be stock images from a Italian photographer Andrea Piacquadio who goes by the name Olly or Ollyy on stock image sites,and according to his Shutterstock page, is based in Germany.

Here’s how the page for endorsing Rand Paul looks, complete with an endorsement map:

Via randpaul.com

And here’s a better look at the map itself:

The man in the top left corner of the page over Oregon is a stock image used on a number of other sites.

 

And here’s that model’s page on Shutterstock. According to the photographer’s page, he is German-based.

Via shutterstock.com

The man in the bottom right over New Mexico also is a stock image.

 

Here’s that model’s page on Shutterstock, likewise from the same German-based photographer.

Via shutterstock.com

The man over Oklahoma is also a stock image, reverse image search shows.

 

Here’s that model’s page on Shutterstock, again from the same German-based photographer.

Via shutterstock.com

The man over Alabama is also a stock image.

 

Here’s that model’s page on Shutterstock, from the same German-based photographer.

Via santamail.ir

Smiling lady over Maryland is also a stock image, a reverse-image search shows.

 

Here’s her page on Shutterstock, likewise from the same German-based photographer.

Via shutterstock.com

A Paul aide did not return a request for comment.

Update: The photos have been removed.

Randpaul.com

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