President Obama, Bill Collector-In-Chief
Do you owe the Obama campaign money? By the way, political campaigns know what porn sites you frequent.
1:56 PM, Oct 16, 2012 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
A few weeks ago, I inveighed against the increasingly Orwellian psychological tactics being employed by the Obama campaign. It didn't seem like things could get much worse than asking you to upload photos of your personal pledges to the president, and smart phone apps that show maps telling you the political affiliation of your neighbors.
I was wrong. So very, very wrong. Here's the email I recently got from the Obama campaign:
Uh, I have a "supporter ID number" with the Obama campaign? According to Politico, I'm not the only one who finds this creepy:
I would note that quote objecting to this new fundraising tactic comes from no less than Scott Goodstein, the external online director for Obama’s 2008 campaign. Yet another significant objection comes from someone pointing out that if this were an email coming from a financial services organization it would be skirting with breaking the law:
The most straightforward comparision for this email—that it invokes the language of a bill collector—has some pretty revealing implications. As president, Obama rings up $5 trillion in new debt and wants to raise taxes, but he acts like his supporters are in arrears with his campaign! And if that's how he treats people who sign up for his mailing list, can you imagine how he's inclined to treat ordinary taxpayers with no campaign records showing they've given him money?
Anyway, so I thought that after Obama adopted the tactics of bill collector, we'd finally hit bottom with campaigns engaged in sleazy psychological manipulation. Again, I was wrong. So very, very wrong. To be fair, this time it appears that both Obama and Romney are engaged in some pretty disturbing data mining:
Now that would be a heck of a campaign pitch: Write us a check, or we tell your wife your frequenting that Hungarian website. You know, the one on a part of the information superhighway where it's a really good idea not to roll down the window.
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