Monday, December 03, 2007

Democratic Campaign Oopsie

A funny thing happened in my email last Friday. I received an email from a lady who I didn’t know. I clicked it open and what a surprise. It was from the campaign site of one of the lower tier Democratic candidates for president.

But this wasn’t just any campaign request for money, this was a personal note from the campaign manager to someone on their staff. Apparently the staffer had sent the campaign mgr. a first draft of a letter he intended to send everyone on their email campaign fundraising list. The campaign manager had made some changes in that letter and had attached a personal note to explain her changes. Trouble was that she didn’t just send it to her staffer, she apparently sent it to everyone on their campaign fundraising list.

Here’s a quote from her personal note.
“I know you're concerned about sending another fundraising email, but we're only $40,000 short of hitting our November goal, and that money will help keep us on the air and talking about ending the war in Iraq and the Constitution.”

The wording of that quote might lead some to believe the campaign wants to end the war in Iraq and end the Constitution as well. I am positive that isn’t the intended message and besides, the bush administration is well on their way to doing as much damage as they can to the constitution, aren’t they?

So as not to embarrass the hell out of the campaign or the sender of that email I will not identify her. I did send the entire email back to her with the subject heading. “Did you mean to send this out to everyone?” I don’t think she did.

28 Comments:

Blogger Larry said...

Very strange you would get this, and it is surprising someone else didn't get it and do something with it.

December 03, 2007 4:05 AM  
Blogger Kenneth said...

This was actually done on purpose and made to look like an accident: http://www.techpresident.com/blog/entry/14396/i_swear_dodd_s_team_is_just_taunting_me_with_this

I heard about this while I was in DC this past week. Very strange.

December 03, 2007 4:32 AM  
Blogger Blueberry said...

Could have been a LOT more embarrassing!! ;-)

December 03, 2007 4:33 AM  
Blogger FranIAm said...

PoP- I got the same thing and I did the same thing.

And I thought that it might not be a "real" mistake.

So when I did email her back, I indicated my anger at having received this "oops" email.

It was a cheap shot by the Dodd campaign staff.

December 03, 2007 4:41 AM  
Anonymous Lower Mack said...

POP, could you enumerate for me which of your constitutional rights hs been suspended?

December 03, 2007 5:53 AM  
Blogger BBC said...

Politics... *rolls eyes*

December 03, 2007 6:00 AM  
Blogger Gledwood said...

get it ...? got it...? want it?/// don't need it - hey!

politix is shite of the bull my dear i'm so very very very very afraid...

December 03, 2007 6:18 AM  
Blogger SB Gypsy said...

Ah well, twist of the wording, get ya every time. We do need to keep the conversation on the war, and on the constitution. I think it was just a simple mistake.

December 03, 2007 6:31 AM  
Blogger KathyR said...

I got it, too. I think it was just a clever ploy. Which I found annoying.

December 03, 2007 6:33 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

Don't you just love being played for the fool? Why can't they just pretend to be adults and leave it at that.

December 03, 2007 6:58 AM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

Lower mack, in one word, taser.

December 03, 2007 7:09 AM  
Blogger annie said...

sigh...
such nonsense.
help me, mister wizard!

December 03, 2007 7:22 AM  
Blogger Mary Ellen said...

I feel left out, I didn't get an e-mail. I don't see what the purpose of accidentally sending this out, it makes them sound disorganized and down right stupid. Very strange.

December 03, 2007 7:32 AM  
Anonymous scott said...

Classic Spam. Only in my case it is usually a young woman telling a friend that her boy friend doesn't quite measure up.

December 03, 2007 7:39 AM  
Blogger Forty Paws said...

I agree with Mary Ellen. It does make them look disorganized and the campaign manager an idiot. To purposefully send this out shows their disbelief in the ability of the nets to determine its legitimacy.

December 03, 2007 7:43 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

How incredibly pathetic to use a "clever" ploy to ask for money. Just ask. The world is going to hell, we don't need theatrics, we need leadership.

December 03, 2007 8:17 AM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

sounds like yet another candidate who can't deal with mini level management.

you were kind. i imagine though that this will leak somewhere. you didn't and that's a good thing.

December 03, 2007 8:36 AM  
Blogger Jazz said...

Interesting platform: ending the war in iraq and the constitution...

Bwahahahahaahha

December 03, 2007 8:51 AM  
Blogger Targa said...

Did it also say, "Send this to 10 friends within 7 days or you will have bad luck for 10 years"?

:)

December 03, 2007 10:46 AM  
Blogger LET'S TALK said...

I agree with robin andrea, "How incredibly pathetic to use a "clever" ploy to ask for money. Just ask."

December 03, 2007 11:51 AM  
Blogger dguzman said...

I'm feeling left out too. I didn't get any such emails. Just the usual MegaDik ones that my work filters REFUSE to effing filter. Oh well. Guess I'm not a very good democrat.

December 03, 2007 12:22 PM  
Blogger Gledwood said...

How on earth do people manage to send emails out to everybody?
I go through my address book and click to that one person and check the top line "to:..." to make sure it is going to that person... what can be simpler than that?

And to think this person is vying for a job as a WhiteHouse staffer in the heart of the most powerful govt in the world if their selected person gets in... quite worrying!

December 03, 2007 2:46 PM  
Blogger Mary Ellen said...

Hi POP- Hope you don't mind, but if it's ok I'd like to invite you and all your fellow bloggers over to my blog tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 pm EST to do some Live Blogging during the NPR Democratic Debate in Iowa. Here's a post explaining the whole thing.

Thanks!

December 03, 2007 7:39 PM  
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

I got the same thing...replied as such: "WTF cares? You're all liars anyway, and you, Dodd, in particular, are the epitome of a loser!

December 03, 2007 11:29 PM  
Blogger antipop said...

in my coubtry, a presidential candidate called a reporter instead of the mayor and delved into major scheming. turns out that reporter was for the government paper.... did he win the election?

December 04, 2007 2:03 AM  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

I got it too, and I wrote them that I thought it was one of two things, a Mistake or a Ploy, and either way that they should be more careful....if it was a mistake it should cause embarrassment, and if it was a way to fundraise ( that we would feel sorry for him? and immediately reach for our wallet ??)....I have heard nothing since...

December 04, 2007 7:39 AM  
Blogger fairlane said...

I never get cool emails.

All I get are people in Nigeria asking for my "personal information" so they can give me 10 million dollars or offers for pills that will make my dick bigger.

December 04, 2007 12:10 PM  
Blogger Merlyn Trey Hunter said...

Yeah, there are some things you just shouldn't outsource...

December 05, 2007 1:31 PM  

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