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Obama Campaign Collecting GOP Emails

by Keith Koffler on December 14, 2011, 10:13 am

The Obama presidential campaign is launching an effort to collect Republican email addresses by inviting its supporters to submit information about their Republican associates to the Obama 2012 website.

The effort could help the Obama campaign build a database that would enable it to target Republican voters during the general election campaign. But, more perniciously, it could also become part of an Democratic effort to influence Republican primary voters to select a candidate Democrats think Obama could most easily defeat.

The Democratic National Committee last month released a video that seemed designed to damage Mitt Romney, the GOP candidate feared most by the Obama campaign.

The Obama information collection effort is cast under the mischievous guise of asking Obama supporters to “have a little fun at the expense of a Republican in your life” by signing them up to get an email from the Obama campaign ribbing them for having “inspired” the Obama supporter to donate.

The result, however, is that the Obama campaign gets a new trove of Republican email addresses that it could never have collected through voluntary submissions.

From the Obama website:

Who inspires you to give?

This holiday season, we’re giving you a chance to have a little fun at the expense of a Republican in your life by letting them know they inspired you to make a donation to the Obama campaign.

Simply enter their name and email address below. Then, we’ll send them a message letting them know they inspired you to donate.

Thank you for supporting this campaign, and happy holidays.

Important: By making a donation today, you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to have dinner with Barack and Michelle Obama. By clicking on the “Submit” button below or otherwise participating in the promotion, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules and represent that you satisfy all of the eligibility requirements.

The effort is being supported by emails from the campaign to members of the vast Obama 2012 email list urging them to participate.

One message, from Deputy Campaign Manager Julianna Smoot, also invites donors to buy something from the Obama 2012 store for their Republican friend.

Really want to fire up your GOP friends? Buy them a gift from the 2012 store. I recommend the birther mugs — they get the message across pretty well.

The email was sent Tuesday. If the Obama supporter sends the gift directly to their Republican friend, then the campaign has a new personal address for its database.

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Josh December 14, 2011 at 10:42 am

They can have my address! Then I will have a direct line to let them know just how they have run this country in to the ground! OH yes I will not be the only one! And I live in California! I fly a tea party flag! I will send them a photo of that!
Thank you for your article you stirred me and that’s what we need.

Edward Manhattan December 14, 2011 at 10:42 am

Pathetic. I like Axelrod’s own word’s though – “The higher a monkey climbs a pole the more you can see its ass”. I think we’ve seen more than enough of Obama’s fat ass up on that monkey pole.

Trent December 14, 2011 at 11:06 am

HA! Now that’s a good one!! LOL

te December 14, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Fat ass? Obama is a pencil necked, no ass creep, up on that monkey pole.

deddog December 14, 2011 at 10:42 am

Wow, what kind of elementary school playground tactic is this? I hope Obama realizes that this will make him look like a bigger idiot and weakling than he already appears. The abject stupidity that comes from every corner of this administration is astounding.

BadKosh December 14, 2011 at 10:42 am

This is yet another reason that Democrats are jerks by nature. “Ya gotta VOTE for it to see whats in it” How about FORCING YOU TO BUY INSURANCE or be fined? does that sound like something a FRIEND WOULD DO??? The liberals see everyone as stereotypes and every situation as a plot in a soap opera. Thats why they have to label everybody. Pathetic ideas from a desperate White House.

Norbert G. Ginsel December 14, 2011 at 10:42 am

Ah! do we prepare to relocate republicans to resettlement camps in the East?

Lance Cordill December 14, 2011 at 10:42 am

1984, Orwellian gangser routine.

Wendell December 14, 2011 at 10:42 am

This is a violation of the Can Spam Act which requires a positive opt-in. Go ahead Obidiot, and I will file a complaint against your campaign for violation of said act.

Finbar December 14, 2011 at 1:47 pm

File it with Holder. That’ll fix him.

Mark December 14, 2011 at 10:42 am

Creepy just like him……

JIM Lynch December 14, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Where can I order toilet paper with Obama’s mug printed on it. I ‘d like to drop a case off at my local anti anything campsite!

Msgt Edward Boothe December 14, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I would be glad to give him my alternate email address, but first he will have to give me his. I will send him mine back with a dissertation about what I think of his sorry a**, and what he has done to the country that I spent 22 years defending in the military.

adam December 14, 2011 at 10:43 am

i’m a pretty liberal person who used to support Obama. now i’m more on the “support anyone who isn’t a republican” side, and unfortunately Obama wins my vote by default.

but this strikes me as a likely violation of the CAN SPAM Act.

John_M_B December 14, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Just a few more deep breaths and you will fully wake up and join the rest of us Adam. Welcome.

cincyanna December 14, 2011 at 1:27 pm

“….used to support Obama….” + “…..Obama wins my vote by default.”

So….iow, you still support Obama. I’m afraid your numbers are dwindling. Isn’t being a liberal person who supports Obama automatically a “anyone who isn’t a republican” supporter….by default, of course.

Terry December 14, 2011 at 1:31 pm

You can look at what the Dems have done in the last three years and you can still give Obama your vote? what are you, sadomasochistic?

Bret December 14, 2011 at 10:43 am

The further up the pole the monkey goes the more you see his ass.

royklopfenstein December 14, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Careful, you may offend your fellow monkeys.

Josh Biggs December 14, 2011 at 12:36 pm

actually royklop it was a Democrat that coined that phrase >> David Axelrod in fact. It appears that Democrats are the true monkeys in this country.

Pkpost December 14, 2011 at 10:43 am

This is just plain creepy. Imagine how loony the left would get if a Republican President was trying to get the email addresses of political opponents? The outcry would be a collective schizoid embolism.

ReaderRedux December 14, 2011 at 10:43 am

Turn in your friends.

Daniel December 14, 2011 at 10:44 am

And how is this not SPAM and illegal?

tdpwells December 14, 2011 at 10:44 am

I get one of these emails, and I’m signing the sender up on redtube.

Hopley Yeaton December 14, 2011 at 10:44 am

Let him email. I’ll even write back, but I bet he won’t like what I have to say. :)

DBS_in_OakRIdge December 14, 2011 at 10:44 am

If only they had the guts to keep AttackWatch up and running… this must be a plot by those opposed to Obama’s Imperial Rule. Whoever is behind it needs to be reported to DOJ so Holder can give them a tongue-lashing and 6-pack of Fast & Furious guns he hands out as souvenirs.

Susan December 14, 2011 at 10:44 am

What can we expect from an administration that encourages citizens to “report” their neighbors for suspicious activities. His totalitarianism is showing.

sfoxe December 14, 2011 at 10:44 am

An act of desperation. He can’t run on his background or abilities so we’ll be bombarded with his criticism and blame for others.

george b December 14, 2011 at 10:44 am

If a Republican did this, the ‘Rats would be screaming that its an invasion of privacy and illegal. It sure seems like a violation of privacy.

Robert Gonzalez December 14, 2011 at 10:44 am

Is it Barack Stalin, asking for documents?
Let’s hope he becomes our ex-President in 2012

Robert Gonzalez December 14, 2011 at 10:44 am

Is it Barack Stalin, asking for documents?
Let’s hope he becomes our ex-President in 2012

Robert Gonzalez December 14, 2011 at 10:44 am

Is it Barack Stalin, asking for documents?
Let’s hope he becomes our ex-President in 2012

RenaeS December 14, 2011 at 10:44 am

If I get an email from a Democrat it will be spam..I will send it to

Tom December 14, 2011 at 10:45 am

I already join Dem email lists like KOS and Move.On to keep on top of what the enemy is doing. Hilarious reading all the marching orders, lies and propaganda they spit out while begging for donations.!

cntrfrk December 14, 2011 at 10:45 am

So, the Obama Re-election strategy isn’t focusing on his accomplishments, and is going to focus on more divisive and hateful strategies???

Are we supposed to be surprised?

John December 14, 2011 at 10:45 am

Sooooooo Sad!!!

Laura Sawyer December 14, 2011 at 10:45 am

Well, if I get something like that with my Democratic friend’s name attached, I guess I could sign them up on a lot of spam lists too, but I’d rather just purge them from any friends lists I might have. That sort of “friend” I don’t need!

M1 December 14, 2011 at 10:45 am

Sounds like a last-minute money-grab on the way out…

Sadly, the CAN-SPAM law exempts political messages. Gee, imagine that.

Jeff December 14, 2011 at 10:46 am

More scumbag tactics from the slime politicians we continue to elect to lead this country. Everything these people do has some ulterior motive.

27 of the past presidents have been lawyers. No more lawyers in the White House. Ron Paul 2012.

Dave December 14, 2011 at 10:46 am

A dark time in America. I’ll be glad when it’s over.

Lumpydick December 14, 2011 at 10:46 am

Come on, SPAM me Barry Sorento, of the fake birth certificate and Connecticut SS card. I’ll treat spam from a Kenyan criminal the same as Nigerian criminal spam.

Will Wills December 14, 2011 at 10:46 am

So Nixon sent letters about Muskie in the NH primary and that was a serious dirty trick but this is OK. It boggles the mind.

John_M_B December 14, 2011 at 12:42 pm

First off, was there a law against it? Secondly, I do not know anything about the Muskie letters. Were they asking people to turn in neighbors based on their political affiliation?

jp December 14, 2011 at 10:46 am

This is purely an unethical attempt to gain advantage and an invasion of privacy at the highest order. Laws are on the books today to protect email addresses. Is the WH exempt from such activities? Where is the ACLU?? Such a disgrace, but coming from The Anointed One, I’m not surprised.

geoff December 14, 2011 at 10:46 am

For the good of your party and the father-land, please provide information on your neighbors or relatives that may have subversive views toward our trusted leader.

What is next,
“hey Mr. President, my mom doesn’t like your policies, I think she should be sent numerous annoying emails and if these don’t work maybe an interment camp until she is turned.”

Mikey December 14, 2011 at 10:46 am

B.HO, the current occupant of the White House, is could not be any more unlike our Founding Fathers. Reminds me of the old Fat Albert cartoon I used to watch on Saturdays. You are N.C.–no class!

Jesse December 14, 2011 at 10:46 am

Straight to the spam folder you go !

John December 14, 2011 at 10:46 am

Shows that the Democrats have lost some of support from the 2008 supporters and are showing signs of desperation to fill that void.

Myron Christopherson December 14, 2011 at 10:46 am

Here is mine

Straz December 14, 2011 at 10:47 am

ANYONE claiming this [desperate] tack surprises them has been living under a rock. The current occupant of OUR HOUSE knows no shame, operates well below contempt as a matter of SOP. As such they shall reap the harvest they so richly deserve: a resounding & unpresidented defeat come 2012. ;^

sjm December 14, 2011 at 10:47 am

Any of my Democrat “Friends” sign me up to get email from the Obozo and I’ll sign them up for a porn susbscription, militia subscription, (and the list will go on) in a heartbeat

Lance Cordill December 14, 2011 at 10:47 am

What was that remark about “the further a monkey climbs up a tree, the more you can see his butt?”

Kamila December 14, 2011 at 10:48 am

Obama and his comrades can try whatever trick they think is going to help them. It is not going to work. I lived under a communist regime for 30 years and wasn’t fulled by this fraud to begin with. One look at his background and listening to his first speech was enough for me. He sounded just like all the Marxist do and his actions definitely prove he is one of them. The only difference is that we still have a Constitution which stands in his way, even if he violates it daily, else he would have already turned into someone like Chavez. Only ignorant fool can fall for this trickery.

Chris December 14, 2011 at 10:48 am

Why is it that everything this administration does vis-a-vis the internet always comes across as creepy and disturbing?

redacted December 14, 2011 at 10:48 am

This will be about as successful as AttackWaaaaaaaatch.

What an epic fail and global embarrassment this entire administration is.

Paul December 14, 2011 at 10:48 am

Obama…you and your radical, anti-American, pathetic pig friends in the DNC and your disgusting, hopeless and Maexist Admin are pigs

eegor December 14, 2011 at 10:48 am

Desperate and creepy sums it up.

steven j anderson December 14, 2011 at 10:49 am

i bet this is illegel solicitation etc.

Kyle December 14, 2011 at 1:52 pm

It absolutely is a violation, they do not have the pre-requisite opt-in…I would go one step farther and say that the person who gives the campaign your email address is also liable.

tony7 December 14, 2011 at 10:49 am

And once they know you’re a Republican get ready for an IRS audit, a visit from a union or Acorn thug, and all kinds of additional scrutiny.

But really, why would someone want Democrat friends anyway, unless they’re in prison, the unemployment line, or camped out in a park in DC?

BuckeyeBubba December 14, 2011 at 10:49 am

Yea!!! I want an Obama Coffee Mug. I just trained my Lhasa Apso to relieve himself in a cup. Just need an appropriate container now. One of these will do nicely. It will make a great photo for Youtube and Facebook.

Jose Verde December 14, 2011 at 10:49 am

Republicans are Republicans because they THINK and are INFORMED. They are not swayed by any email coming from the disgraced Obama administration. End of Story. Republicans live in the real reality – not some fun-house mirror reality the Democrats are attempting to spin. Just listen to their people – Obama (Mr & Mrs), Biden, Pelosi, Reid, Schumer, Schultz, Frank … the shameful liars that they all are. Who could be swayed by that group? Occupy Wall Street fools, Liberals and morons. Republicans, by definition, are not morons – and the emails will roll off like water off a ducks back. Let them burn their resources trying to convince me. Sorry – I live in REAL REALITY! Get out now!