Obama's 2012 spam campaign

Obama's 2012 spam campaign

Midwest City : OK : USA | Apr 23, 2012 at 9:39 PM PDT
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President Obama's spam campaign, or as I have affectionately began calling it, his "spampaign," is nothing new. Since his first campaign strategy to his more recent "Progress" strategy, the spampaign hasn't change much. I will be honest: I voted for him in 2008, and unless new and better options suddenly come out of nowhere, I will be voting for him again. But I do not appreciate his e-mail efforts and I'm certain I'm not alone. As a matter of fact, before writing this I decided to do a Google search and I saw that I am definitely not alone.

For those of you who are unsure of what I'm talking about here's a short back story. In 2007, when I was considering who to cast my vote for, I went to Barack Obama's website and signed up for his newsletter. I expected to receive information about his views, his policies, his general campaign news. You know, the usual campaign newsletter type snippets. What I didn't expect to receive was e-mail after e-mail of fundraising propaganda. Which of these did I start seeing arriving in my inbox? The latter of course.

Until recently I was able to ignore these e-mails with nothing more than a passing eyeroll. That was until I received one that looked suspiciously like a virus to me. An e-mail from barackobama.com bearing the subject: Some advice about George Clooney

Curiosity got the best of me and I wondered if somehow a virus was being sent from the president's official website. I opened it. What better way to find out than risk the life of my computer. It turns out the president is holding a raffle! Not only is this strange considering the security of the leader of the free world could potentially be at stake, but raffles aren't exactly legal in many states.

This raffle e-mail, camouflaged as an informal message to a friend, is just one message in a string of spam-like messages received from their (I'm sure he doesn't send his own e-mail) inbox to mine.

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MandyM is based in Midwest City, Oklahoma, United States of America, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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