Barack Obama’s re-election campaign is collecting email addresses of Republicans, according to a story linked by Drudge this morning:
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 . . .
I see another danger: next year, we could see a rash of spam emails in 2012 targeting Republicans. I foresee this as part of a shady fundraising effort in which Republicans will end up financing a part of Obama’s campaign. The fact that they regard Republicans as stupid and gullible only lends credence to this conjecture.
So Republicans, if you receive an email similar to the one below, DO NOT RESPOND TO IT. Instead, report it as spam to your ISP (unless your ISP is a contributor to the Obama 2012 campaign — in which case you may just end up compounding the problem. If you are unsure, first find out whether your ISP has been the beneficiary of Democrat-sponsored legislation harmful to your ISP’s competitors).
It is with a full heart that I write to seek your help in the context below. I am Mr. Barack H. Obama, the son of the late Barack Obama Sr., former senior economist in the Ministry of Finance, Republic of Kenya, whose sudden death occurred on 24 November 1982. Having gotten your particulars from my late father’s library, I have no doubt to your capacity and goodwill to assist me in receiving into your custody (for safety) the sum of US$37 million willed and deposited in the favor of myself and the estate of my late mother who was the second wife of the late economist.
This money is currently kept in a trust deposit vault with a Finance and Security company in Nairobi. However, the new Government has on assumption of office setup an inquiry to recover all the assets belonging to my late father including cash and properties with the pretense of safe-keeping, but with actual intention of personal inheritance. All this because we are from a polygamous family. The investigation team has submitted their report, presently some cash and assets have been seized.
Fortunately, I managed to escape from the country, and with the help of our lawyer, I am presently living as a refugee here until I succeed in the transaction and due to the situation of things our lawyer has strictly advised that the willed money be urgently moved into an over-seas account of a trusted Foreign family friend without delay for security reasons. I expect you to be trustworthy and kind enough to respond to this call (SOS) to save my entire family and me from a hopeless future.
I hereby agree to compensate your sincere effort in this regard with 20% of the fund, when finally received in your local Bank account. The attorney here has perfected arrangements with the Bankers to effect complete dislodgment of this money within a week of the receipt of your response through telephone and fax. They have equally guaranteed 100% risk free and smooth transfer. Reply me via e-mail: barack@obama+biden2012.com.
Mr. Barack H. Obama