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With voter registration lists being purged in 19 separate states at the hand of Republicans, it's no wonder Barack Obama is not taking the bait proffered by the McCain campaign to release details about his small donors: why, after all, give the GOP another hit-list to suppress from voting?  

With this month's report on the Obama campaign's economic contributions topping a record-breaking, jaw-dropping $150 million dollars for the month, it's no surprise one of the multitude of desperate McCain tactics to smear Obama and pander to irrational and unfounded fears of his heritage was to question the identities of his enormous ranks of small donors.  After all, how could the common man that the GOP has tried so hard through it's surrogate corporations and it's policies to bury alive beneath debt, foreclosure, and job loss possibly contribute so much money to a political campaign?

How could a man with a name like 'Barack HUSSEIN Obama' inspire the underclass whom the Republicans trample upon in their orgy of greed to part with their hard earned - and even harder to earn in the past few years - cash?  It's simply not possible in the Norman Rockwell meets Nightmare on Elm street world of delusion that the Republicans live in.  At least, that's what John McCain and his campaign lackeys would seem to believe...

"I just hope we know every one of those donations came form legitimate U.S.-based sources" Davis said, adding that America "knows" what it's like to have election results questioned after the fact. Davis also conflated the Obama camp's non-disclosure of donors giving less than $200 (which is not required by law), with both the ACORN voter-registration issue and Bill Ayers.

"This pattern of non-disclosure, of non-responsiveness follows a pattenr of [the Obama camp] setting their own rules to apply to this campaign that is consistent with all other patterns we've seen," Davis said.

Unsubstantiated fear-mongering and attempts to appeal to latent ethno-centric racism aside, it's really no surprise that the McCain campaign and the GOP at large want to get their hands on a comprehensive list of small dollar amount Obama donors.  They're already using foreclosure lists to illegally (or at the very least, immorally and unethically) purge voters.  Which makes sense in GOP la-la-land.  

After all, why allow someone whose lost their home during an 8-year apocalypse of Republican rule to vote when it's more than likely said individuals aren't likely to be to keen on handing the reigns of the country over to another greedy Republican war-monger?  So it really shouldn't be a surprise that the GOP wants information on Obama's $200-or-less financial donors.  

What is surprising - though it shouldn't be at this point, what with the impeccably intelligent and adeptly strategic campaign Obama has run thus far - is that the Democrats, for a change from recent years, aren't taking the bait.  No, gone it would seem are the days of tactically ignorant Democrats (at least, at the Presidential level) who blindly chomp down on the wriggling worm impaled upon a Republican hook.  This time around, we actually have a candidate with the political chops to avoid giving in to GOP fear-based reverse psychology.

So, as one of those small time donors, I just want to say "Thanks" to the Obama campaign.  For protecting me from being purged from the voter registry, and protecting the hundreds of thousands of others like me.  Come November 4th, we'll hopefully be one voting block that the GOP won't be able to suppress.

Originally posted to WilsonFrontier on Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 07:44 AM PDT.

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  •  The thought crossed my mind as well. (6+ / 0-)

    "When those who are accountable are right, they take the credit. When they're wrong, they take the heat. It's a fair exchange." - Lehman Bros ad ca. 1980s

    by Mehitabel9 on Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 07:47:10 AM PDT

  •  I had the same thought. (2+ / 0-)
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    Shirl In Idaho, MsGrin

    I would not put it past them to use Obama's donor list as a caging list.

  •  GOP always accuses Dems of what they are doing (6+ / 0-)

    If Republicans are going after Democratic donor lists, it's because they have something to hide about their contributors.  That's always how it works:  They point fingers in a calculated (and usually successful) attempt to change the subject.

    We should hold a mirror up to the slime-masters.

    "What doesn't have credibility today is the truth." -- Bill Moyers, The Daily Show 6/22/05

    by Baron Dave on Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 07:51:23 AM PDT

  •  I think (1+ / 0-)
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    MsGrin

    you are on to something here.  What a giant caging list it would give the Reugs.

    After these past 12 or so years, there is just nothing I would rule out when it comes to Repugs dirty tricks.  I used to be far less CT or cynical, but they have proven themselves over and over again to be absolute slime, win at any cost and in anyway they can.

    *the blogger formerly known as shirlstars

    by Shirl In Idaho on Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 07:56:59 AM PDT

  •  Thought also crossed my mind. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    MsGrin

    This signature is in the tank for Obama.

    by batchelorjc on Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 07:58:12 AM PDT

  •  no fly list anyone? (2+ / 0-)
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    Crabby Abbey, MsGrin

    given the rhetoric and tone of the GOP who knows what nefarious uses they would have for Obama's donor list? After all if BHO has ties to domestic terrorists and those who contributed to his campaign are therefore connected to BHO, ipso facto, presto chango, we are ALL domestic terrorist suspects. No airplanes for us!
    And that would probably be just the beginning. Anonymous notification to bosses, neighbors, clergy, the IRS...voter suppression would be the beginning. This current GOP party cannot be trusted.

    Blue is blue and must be that. But yellow is none the worse for it - Edith Sidebottom

    by kenwards on Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 07:58:36 AM PDT

  •  I bet if somehow they got him to reveal the list, (4+ / 0-)

    the vast numbers of registered Republicans on that would make them cry.

  •  Interesting theory (1+ / 0-)
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    V in Tuff City

    My other guess is that the list is very valuable for future Democratic races (upticket and downticket) and shouldn't be abused.

  •  I figured (2+ / 0-)
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    Crabby Abbey, lostinamerica2711

    they want the donors' names so they can send Bill O'Reilly to their houses to conduct assault interviews.

    Does this internet make me look fat?

    by pattyp on Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 08:05:02 AM PDT

  •  We aren't hidden-google your name and (1+ / 0-)
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    V in Tuff City

    Obama and you'll see your donation total, name and address on Fundrace 2008 (on Huffington Post.)

    I have given over $200 in total but always less than $50 at a time. The RNC just wants a convenient list?
    They act like it's subversive.

    Here's one problem for them.  
    Obama
    Full Disclosure      $241,496,372      (92.4%)
    Incomplete     $5,645,434     (2.2%)
    No Disclosure     $14,294,243     (5.5%)

    McCain
    Full Disclosure      $149,978,607      (86.8%)
    Incomplete     $5,347,819     (3.1%)
    No Disclosure     $17,504,399     (10.1%)

    Obama has no disclosure on 5.5% of his contributions. Mccain has no disclosure on 10.1% of his. McCain also has more incomplete disclosures than Obama . McCain must ne twice as subversive.

    Here is another problem. Their accusation against Obama demanding an investigation came after they got their own FEC  letter.  Here is part of a Washington Post article.

    FEC Queries McCain Campaign on 'Excessive Contributions'

    The FEC sent a letter to Sen. John McCain's campaign treasurer Sept. 30 demanding the candidate turn over more information about "contributions that appear to exceed the limits.

    The letter is accompanied by a nine-page list showing scores of overages from McCain's August campaign finance report, including nearly $13,000 from Texas rancher Ray R. Barrett Jr.; $9,200 from an Iraqi security consultant, H. Carter Andress; and $5,000 from Joseph F. Davolio, an executive at a major national liquor, beer and wine distributor

    •  Not Quite (2+ / 0-)
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      Great Uncle Bulgaria, second gen

      Not quite sure you're right on that one.  I've looked for myself six-ways from Sunday, and I don't appear on the lists. I've not given more than $200 total, though.  I'm about $100 something.  You said you've given $50 more than once - enough times to add up to $200 puts you over the $200 small donor cut-off, I think.  If you go over $200 in any way, I think you're out there for the world to see, even if you where hoping otherwise.

      •  That's the point, it's not until you hit $200 (1+ / 0-)
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        Great Uncle Bulgaria

        that you get publicized.

        I've given less than $200 also, not showing up anywhere.

        When we have the courage to stand together, no one can keep us down ~Richard Trumka AFL-CIO

        by second gen on Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 08:16:41 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  Oh, so I am a big donor! I am so cool. Then that (0+ / 0-)

        puzzles me.
        That means they do keep track of totals...our names are somewhere before we get to the $200. (My donations were usually $10 or $20, $44.08 happened once. I was one of those very tiny donors)

        But they must not have had an alert when that total got over $2,300...those fake named people like Good Will who gave tiny donations and were thousands over.

        Also anyone who is being stalked or hiding should always stay under $200 or use a fake address. I was surprised to see that part listed.

  •  obama doesn't want to play his hand (1+ / 0-)
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    V in Tuff City

    on the just how enormous his supporters engaged in voter registratin drives is either! The number of people we have working on the ground is mind-numbing and part and parcel of the strategy to rebuild America from the ground up. the mccain's don't want to talk about this either ... cause it reveals their paltry efforts. from the onset, they've figured Palin to energize and get out the base, terrify the 'low info voters" AND steal the rest. Thankfully, segments of media are now covering very closely the purges, the machines misfunctioning, and the caging...

    "Imagine better than the best you know." Neville Goddard.

    by boatsie on Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 08:21:55 AM PDT

  •  The Michigan foreclosure list (0+ / 0-)

    caper has ended, and Republicans confess their wrongful actions. From the MI Democratic Party:

       LANSING –An agreement announced today by Obama for America, the Republican National Committee, the Democratic National Committee, the Michigan Republican Party, the Michigan Democratic Party, the Macomb County Republican Party, the Macomb County Democratic Party, and plaintiffs Duane Maletski, Sharon Lopez, and Frances M. Zick protects the voting rights of foreclosure victims.

       The settlement acknowledges the existence of an illegal scheme by the Republicans to use mortgage foreclosure lists to deny foreclosure victims their right to vote. This settlement has the force of law behind it and ensures that Republicans cannot disenfranchise families facing foreclosure.

    A tip of the hat to the vigilant folks at Michigan Messengerwho broke this story, and who were initially sued by the Repugs for catching them.

    What's the difference between Vietnam and Iraq? Bush knew how to get out of Vietnam.

    by happy camper on Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 08:22:04 AM PDT

  •  Is the $200 limit for a single candidate? (0+ / 0-)

    I gave a total of $200 to the Orange to Blue list, can I still give more to the Obama campaign?

  •  Pay Pal (0+ / 0-)

    I don't have a py pal account, but aren't they hard to set up in another's name.
    Obama has received money over the 'Net from millions of names. Imagine the efforts that would have to go into setting up that many phony accounts.

    "I'm not opposed to all wars; I'm opposed to dumb wars." -- Obama in 2002

    by Frank Palmer on Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 08:54:03 AM PDT

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