Political Fundraising (Spam)

Thanks to Gmail Meter, I feel validated in my firm belief that political fundraising is a bit ridiculous and overly bothersome. I learned in this month’s report that I received 71 emails from info@barakobama.com during the month of September, which stemmed from one small gift to the Obama campaign. I realize that as the race nears an end, the candidates are more in competition than ever, but I’m not sure what spamming people with emails really accomplishes. I’m sure that for some, they feel nagged enough to give, and maybe that nagging is fair. I feel torn, because as a fundraiser myself, I know that an entity can’t get money if they don’t ask; the campaign is doing a great job of asking. However, isn’t there a point of diminishing returns? Ask me 3, 4, 5 times, fine. But after it passes 10, 20, 50 asks, it seems like overkill. I can see where there’s little cost to the campaign to send these emails (supporters probably won’t change their vote over the spam) and great benefit (they can only stand to gain money), but it still feels unethical to spam voters. Is this just politics as usual, or has email fundraising taken elections to a whole new level?

[Update 11/28/2012: Interesting article on the ‘science’ of the email campaigning.]

We learned about dignity and decency – that how hard you work matters more than how much you make…that helping others means more than just getting ahead yourself.

We learned about honesty and integrity – that the truth matters…that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules…and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.

We learned about gratitude and humility – that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean…and we were taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect.

Those are the values Barack and I – and so many of you – are trying to pass on to our own children.

That’s who we are.

Michelle Obama

The first step to remembering these values is registering to vote. DO IT TODAY.

Register to Vote Before the November Elections

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Deadlines are rapidly approaching and are a bit different in each state, so don’t wait to register. It’s your civic responsibility to vote even if you don’t like the candidates or you have a lot of work on voting day or the lines are too long. Every vote counts. If you’re not registered, take that step TODAY.

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GOTV – hate it.

I’m all for voting (civic responsibility!), but Get Out The Vote is not a slogan that makes me do it. It irritates me, in fact, because it doesn’t seem to mean anything. I feel like a word is wrong (Get Out And Vote, perhaps?) or it’s unnecessary (Vote, anyone?) or candidate’s volunteers do this anyway (get people to the polls). 

Get Out The Vote just sounds awkward, stiff, confused, and hopeless. Am I missing something here? Is there possibly a referendum about getting rid of the phrase GOTV…I vote yes!

Either way, get moving people…there’s an election on the horizon.