Obama campaign resorts to tactics used by spammers to raise money
posted at 4:27 pm on September 30, 2012 by Howard Portnoy
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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