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Obama campaign resorts to tactics used by spammers to raise money

posted at 4:27 pm on September 30, 2012 by

Unless your email client has the world’s best spam filter, you are probably accustomed to getting notices that purport to be from CitiBank, Chase, or some other financial services provider warning you that your account balance is overdue. A quick glance at the return address of the sender is enough to tip you off that the email is bogus.

This caveat now appears to apply to emails sent from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The Weekly Standard’s Daniel Helper reports being in receipt of an email from that august group carrying the subject “Your support record” and the following advice in the body:

We’re reviewing our Democratic supporter records in advance of tomorrow’s Federal Election Commission (FEC) deadline. Your record is copied and pasted below:

Supporter record: 11919797
Name: Daniel Halper
2012 Online Support: Pending
Suggested support: $3.00

Notice how they give a nifty “supporter record” serial number to make it sound official. “Pending,” Halper writes, “apparently means that I have not given a dime. But that they are relying (and counting) on my support.”

The email also comes with a link the recipient can click on so that he can easily “contribute to our campaign to win a Democratic House for President Obama” before the FEC reporting deadline.

Is there anyone on the planet clueless enough to receive what is obviously a broadcast email and berate himself for his dereliction in not making a timely payment to the DNC or Team Obama? The president once declared that he doesn’t view Americans as dumb. He sure treats them like they are.

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Thanks for this, Howard. Good stuff. You may want to check spelling of Halper in link to the story.

John the Libertarian on September 30, 2012 at 5:28 PM

You may want to check spelling of Halper in link to the story.

Thanks, John.

Howard Portnoy on September 30, 2012 at 6:42 PM

It’s almost not enough to simply win in November at this point, a win has to happen and these forms of trickery have to be exposed widely enough so that the most misinformed life form sees it for the tripe that it is.

ericdijon on September 30, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Makes sense, the Democratic Party looks for the same type of people as online scammers do.

Transpo on September 30, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Next, Team Obama will be sending out broadside emails that start out…

“Hello, I am a solicitor presently working with a large international law firm in London. Recently an uncle passed away in Nyanza State, in Kenya, and left a rather large estate, but unfortunately under the current laws of Kenya, his relatives are unable to secure their portions of this large estate…”

You know the rest of the drill.

The guy and his closest “friends” are all old school Chicago street hustlers. They will steal the shirt off your back and you will end up thanking them for the opportunity.

Obama and his minions make Charles Ponzi look like a rank amateur.

coldwarrior on September 30, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Halp us, Daniel, we’re stuck on $0.00

Ozwitch on October 1, 2012 at 12:18 AM

Makes sense, the Democratic Party looks for the same type of people as online scammers do.

Transpo on September 30, 2012 at 10:06 PM

This!

Only the simplest of people would fall for that.

Jason Taylor Sacked You on October 1, 2012 at 7:28 PM