Saturday, August 18, 2012

Zombie Campaign spam update

Previously, I discussed the Obama Campaign's fundraising tactics, especially with regard to the "enter for a chance to win a date with the President" kinds of contests:
Obviously, the point is to solicit donations. But come one! "Enter for a chance to win a dinner with Obama"? How unseemly is this for a President? He's actually holding a contest for a chance to meet his holiness? And I have little doubt the contest will be successful. Even now, I can hear the Obama zombies salivating at the prospect of winning the grand prize (second prize is probably having a beer with Biden). Yet, it's just so low rent, so commercial, it saddens me greatly to think of how many of my fellow citizens will fall for this. After all the hubbub over the Citizens United decision and the complaints about money in elections, we have a sitting President publicly pimping himself out for cash.
In the interest of fairness, I need to point out that the Romney Campaign followed suit, in a manner of speaking. It ran it's own contest, the "Believe in America Bus Tour" wherein a couple of lucky winners would get to spend the day with Romney on the campaign trail. To the best of my knowledge, however, Romney's contest is now over. The one from Obama continues on. Relentlessly.

I signed up for both contests, but without donating any money (both had the legal disclaimer insisting that there was "no purchase necessary to win"). But what I didn't realize in the beginning was that the Obama "contest" was not a single contest at all. Apparently, there are prize winners for just about every fundraising dinner Obama has. But you have to re-enter for each one (and hopefully re-donate). Since I submitted the initial entry form online, I have been bombarded with Obama spam on a weekly basis, with each piece touting another event  to which I could win a trip and asking for more money. The spam comes from a variety of different people on Team Obama, including various celebrities. I give you the most recent pieces, now linked to the Democratic National Convention:

From Barack Obama on Friday, August 17:
Robert --

I just got back from Iowa, where we are being outspent 2 to 1 on the air. Voters there mentioned it to me more than once.

We expect Mitt Romney and the Republicans to outspend us.

What I will not abide is getting outspent by a margin that negates all the hard work our volunteers are doing -- talking to voters, knocking on doors, making calls.

We are in control of that outcome, but our time to close the gap is dwindling. After three consecutive months of being significantly outraised, it couldn't be more urgent.

Will you make a donation of $3 or more?

If we win this election, it will be because of what you did.

I don't get to tell you enough how grateful I am.

Thank you,


P.S. -- In a few weeks, I'll accept our party's nomination for president onstage in Charlotte, North Carolina. I wouldn't be there without you. Any donation you make today automatically enters you and a guest for a chance to join me and Michelle as VIP guests of the convention. Hope to see you there.
From Michelle Obama on Thursday, August 16:
Robert --

Four years ago, Barack stood on a stage at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. He accepted our party's nomination, and then told our country what he intended to do as President.

Let's think for a second about what's happened since then.

Our businesses have added 4.5 million jobs in the last 29 months. The typical middle-class family has saved $3,600 in tax cuts over his first term. We passed historic health care reform. The war in Iraq has ended. It's now easier for women to fight for equal pay for equal work. And gay and lesbian service members can no longer be denied a place in our nation's military because of who they are or who they love.

But we've got to finish what we started. Soon we're gathering for our convention in Charlotte -- and Barack and I would like to meet a few of you there.

Pitch in $3 or whatever you can to help build this campaign in these last 82 days -- and you'll be automatically entered to be our personal guest in Charlotte.

This is a pretty amazing opportunity. The campaign will fly you and a guest to Charlotte and cover your hotel for the three nights you're there. And each night, you'll get some of the best seats in the house to watch the big speeches.

You'll meet Barack, and during his speech on Thursday night, I'd like you to sit with me.

This is going to be an amazing event for our campaign. There is truly only one like it.

So enter for your chance to join us now -- and I hope we'll see you in Charlotte in a few weeks:

Are you as fired up as I am?

Note the different donation links: "outspent-in-iowa" and "charlotte." Past spam had different links as well, thus allowing Obama Zombies to donate again and again with a new chance to win a trip to meet the President. And then there's the personalization: Barack and Michelle wrote to me by name! They really know me! It's very well organized and managed; you have to give the Obama team props for that. And I have little doubt that it's effective, people being--by and large--stupid.

But it's still tasteless in my opinion. Low rent. Unseemly. And really, some of it is also dishonest. In the spam from Obama, he talks about an expectation that he will be outspent. Who is he kidding? Despite huge hauls in recent months by the Romney Campaign, the President is still far out in front in both donations and money spent. Obama's advantage in the former is still almost two to one.

And for the record, since I submitted my info online to the Romney campaign I have received exactly ZERO pieces of spam form the same.

Cheers, all.

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