Bullock posted on Twitter that he’d paid $100 for the spot, trying to frame it as an example of the influence of dark money in politics, a key focus of his campaign.
“You know what’s really spooky this Halloween?” he asked. “The fact that a former Trump White House Communications Director will say anything you ask him to for $100.”
He continued: “Mr. Scaramucci didn’t know the source of the $100, but he allowed it to enter his wallet despite the potential consequences — just like how our broken campaign finance system allows Dark Money to enter our elections & influence our politics. A frightening tale indeed!”
Since his infamous 11-day tenure in the White House in 2017, Scaramucci, a financier and entrepreneur, has become one of many former Trump staffers cashing in on their stints in the administration. He’s become a frequent presence on cable news airwaves, first expressing his continued support of Trump before suddenly changing his tune and opposing the president earlier this year. He appeared briefly on the reality show “Celebrity Big Brother 2” and now hosts a podcast with his wife.
Scaramucci’s high-profile pranking isn’t the first time Cameo talent has been tricked into saying something potentially dicey. The service, which allows talent to approve scripts written by its customers, came under fire last year when white supremacists duped celebrities into recording videos using coded anti-Semitic language that later went viral on alt-right sites.
But Scaramucci fired back at Bullock later Thursday, claiming that his prank had backfired and that he’d been flooded with booking requests on the site. Scaramucci added that he was working with Cameo to refund Bullock for the “very ‘Un-Presidential’ stunt,” but he offered a “personal thank you” to Bullock and “his incompetent staff” for the sudden influx in business. Scaramucci also reposted a tweet suggesting that he donates his Cameo profits to charity.
“You tried to set me up but it is total blow back on you,” he said. “Real shame this is why Americans have such bad feelings about their politicians.”
“Sir, you lack judgment,” Scaramucci added in another tweet.