Somewhere along the line, somebody signed us up for the Barack Obama campaign emails. Normally we don't care for spam, political or otherwise, but these are so odd that we've kept them coming out of curiosity....
... now the campaign is turning the creepiness up a notch. The Obama re-election effort has "asked supporters to make a campaign donation 'inspired' by somebody else," reports Joel Gehrke of the Washington Examiner.
This one doesn't seem to be going to everybody on the list; we have yet to receive it--though our latest missive from BarackObama.com is somewhat similar in concept: "Have you been thinking about who you'd bring to the next Dinner with Barack?" it asks. "Tell us who you would bring if you won--and why." But the campaign isn't going to contact your plus-one; the Web form asks only for the name.
By contrast, the form for the "inspire" solicitation asks for an email address for your donation muse so that the campaign can "send them [sic] a message letting them know they inspired you to donate." The Obama campaign is deliberately sending spam to people who never signed up for it. You can also give a donation "in memory of" someone, and the site still asks for an email address.
You can take the politician out of Chicago,
but you can't take Chicago out of the politician.
It gets worse. Blogress "Bookworm" reports having received this variant of the "inspired" email:
Everyone's got that special conservative in their life.
Maybe it's your dad, who forwards you every chain email about the President's birth certificate, or your neighbor, who just put up a Mitt Romney sign.
Dealing with these folks can be . . . frustrating.
This holiday season, we're giving you a chance to have a little bit of fun at their expense. Let a Republican in your life know they inspired you to make a donation to the Obama campaign--chip in $3 or more today.
When you give to the campaign, simply enter your Republican friend's email address and they'll get a note letting them know that they motivated you to donate--which will surely make their day.
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. (Don't worry—we won't hold on to any of their information.)
Thank you for supporting this campaign, and happy holidays.