Getting the ol' glitter treatment is nothing new for politicians. A little (or big) dash of that sparkly stuff, and boom, you are part of an exclusive (but growing) club.

Glitter-bombing -- the act of dumping a bunch of glitter onto an unsuspecting politician -- became a popular form of protest during the 2012 presidential election cycle, particularly used by LGBT activists.

So it's kind of a throwback to hear of glitter and politics! But this week, aides to Nebraska Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry received a glitter bomb via mail to the lawmaker's Lincoln office, the Omaha World-Herald reported Thursday. The glitter contained a note, alluding to his position on abortion. “Nobody was injured, except now people have glitter on their clothes," spokeswoman Jennifer Allen told the World-Herald.

Fortenberry and company, you join a line-up of well-known Republicans who have been glitter-bombed. Here's a look back:


Back in 2012, then-candidate Romney was campaigning across the country, and getting glitter dumped on him along the way.

The Post's Philip Rucker reported from a rally in Eagan, Minn.: As Romney "walked to the stage inside a warehouse here, a gay rights activist who said he was from the group 'Glitterati' threw a cup of glitter on the former Massachusetts governor. The glitter poured over his hair, stuck to his face and shimmered from his navy blazer."

Romney eventually proclaimed, “I’m happy for the celebration. This is confetti! We just won Florida!”

Points for the quick, positive spin. A few days later, a student in Colorado threw glitter at Romney and got slapped with misdemeanor charges for it. Student Peter Smith said Romney's positions on the economy and gay rights prompted the move. “When I see people living in opulence I normally say that they are living in the glitter — in the glitter of lights,” Smith told Denver's CBS affiliate.


The former Pennsylvania Republican senator has gotten the glitter treatment many, many times, and we gotta say, his reaction time has been remarkable. Just take a look at this moment from 2012. The man had just come in third in the South Carolina primary. And, as he was autographing posters and greeting supporters, Occupy protesters showed up out of nowhere and threw a bunch of glitter in his face.

Do you see this? The man literally does not break his smiley, happy demeanor. What? How is that possible? Security detail guy looks understandably grumpy about it.


The former Minnesota congresswoman and 2012 presidential candidate had wrapped up a 40-minute speech in Minneapolis in 2011 and was exiting the stage when a bunch of glitter was thrown her way.

"You can run, but you can’t hide," activist Rachel E.B. Lang yelled.

Bachmann kept it moving, and it's unclear whether any of the glitter actually stuck to her. Take a gander:


The former Minnesota governor and GOP presidential candidate was hanging out in San Francisco when he had a bunch of confetti dumped on him by Code Pink activists.

Okay, while this is not technically glitter, confetti seems like it could be almost as annoying, so it's getting an honorable mention here.


The former House Speaker and then GOP presidential candidate may have been the first, true glitter-bombing target. He was at book signing in Minnesota with his wife, Callista, in 2011. As AP reported at the time, a man came up to the table "dumped a cracker box full of colorful confetti on the pair and said, 'Feel the rainbow, Newt! Stop the hate! Stop anti-gay politics!'"

Gingrich quickly went to the work of brushing the glitter off of the table, adding, "Nice to live in a free country."

But um, he wasn't so happy about it a few months later. "Glitter bombing is clearly an assault and should be treated as such,” Gingrich told the New York Times in 2011. “When someone reaches into a bag and throws something on you, how do you know if it is acid or something that stains permanently or something that can blind you? People have every right to their beliefs but no right to assault others.”

Just how dangerous is glitter-bombing? An optometrist warned of the dangers of glitter, telling the Hill newspaper it can get into your eye and scratch your cornea. Or, it can clog your sinuses and "cause one hell of an infection." (Great, another item for my list of things to fear: glitter-induced sinus infection.)