March 20, 2004


Join in the educational fun as the geniuses at Democratic Underground discover the horrible truth about campaign donations.

(Via reader Greg T.)

Posted by Tim Blair at March 20, 2004 12:31 PM

ROTFL. These are public records.
If it does bother anyone, get a post office box before you donate.

Posted by: Donnah at March 20, 2004 at 12:40 PM

Brilliant. Just brilliant.

Posted by: Andrew at March 20, 2004 at 12:41 PM


Posted by: Andrea Harris at March 20, 2004 at 01:00 PM

I looked in my fucking mailbox today and you know what there was-- a fucking BILL addressed to me from the phone company! Like how do they know I live HERE? So I get out the fucking phone book and start to look up the number to bitch but then it occurs to me... and I leaf through to the G's... and THERE IT FUCKING IS! My name, my address, even my phone number, printed right in the fucking book ALPHAFUCKINGBETALLY!

Posted by: Mike G at March 20, 2004 at 01:08 PM

I love their explanation for the large number of private citizens giving donations to Bush: "It must be a few millionaires using aliases to circumvent the campaign limits!"

Of course, they could use that data to confirm their suspicions, but how much you want to bet they either won't bother, or won't report their results if they do?

Posted by: Siergen at March 20, 2004 at 01:08 PM

Wasn't it the Dem's that insisted on freedom of information and the publication of donor lists in the first place?

Posted by: nofixedabode at March 20, 2004 at 01:28 PM

It's all part of that neo-con, Bush, Zionist conspiracy known as campaign finance reform...

Posted by: Bruce Rheinstein at March 20, 2004 at 01:33 PM

I checked my neighborhood and was amazed at how many lawyers and their wives each donated $2000 to Edwards. Try 2800 La Selva 90274. (Not my address but near.)

I didn't have a chance to grab the data and do a correlation but I'd bet 80% of the listed lawyers did $4000 for Edwards. Now that is scary!!!!

Posted by: Rick V. at March 20, 2004 at 01:50 PM

I checked my town.....the donations are in favor of Bush, 2 to 1.

That's not only nice, it's amusing. My regional supervisor (who is here on a 2 year tour) thinks this place is liberal as hell. I pointed out to him that our county went 90% for Bush in the last election. As I walked away, I had to wonder to myself, who does this character associate with off duty?

I'd point this website out to him, but he might get pissed at me for rubbing it in......

Posted by: JeffS at March 20, 2004 at 01:58 PM

Not that it's relevant to this topic, but I thought I should put a link to my apology to Wayne Sanderson here.

Posted by: Craig Mc at March 20, 2004 at 02:03 PM

Wow! My first trip to DU! Paranoia strikes deep......

Posted by: debbie at March 20, 2004 at 02:05 PM

You should have seen them last night when they were so unhappy that the Pakistanis might capture someone big from Al Qaeda.

Posted by: Donnah at March 20, 2004 at 02:20 PM

I've never felt so fucking violated in my life

News Flash: If this is true.....then you ain't got much of a life.

Posted by: Wallace at March 20, 2004 at 02:56 PM

I checked my zipcode and a student/pizza deliverer gave $1,000 to Howie Dean. Trust fund baby or really stupid.

Posted by: Mr. Davis at March 20, 2004 at 03:37 PM

Man oh man. If this clown ever gets a job and has to file income tax, he's going to be fit to be tied.

Posted by: Paul Zrimsek at March 20, 2004 at 03:48 PM

I'm just confused why they are embarassed about who they gave money to.

I was considering donating to the re-election campaign (for the first time in my life) when I saw the website. I'm proud of who I support.

Posted by: John Davies at March 20, 2004 at 04:11 PM

Awesome. If they can keep up this level of paranoia the DU'ers will scare themselves back into their parent's basements and retreat completely from the world of politics. Everybody wins! Except the parents. Oh well.

The poster seems particularly upset about his private latitude and longitude being revealed for all the world to see. I'm sure Bush is even now programming the Hellfire missiles for his EXACT COORDINATES.

Posted by: Bryan Costin at March 20, 2004 at 04:14 PM

If they're worried about people having the co-ordinates of their neighborhoods, it's probably best not to tell them about the satellite photos of their homes that are on the property appraisers' websites.
Whose roof and yard shall I spy on tonight?

Posted by: Donnah at March 20, 2004 at 04:16 PM

Yep, that was my first visit to DU also, however I did not need to go farther than the first post. Now I'm gonna take a goddamn shower.

Posted by: Harry at March 20, 2004 at 05:02 PM

The black, silent helicopters are coming to take you away.

Posted by: perfectsense at March 20, 2004 at 05:15 PM

I wonder if the people at Depleted Cranium thought of this as an invasion of privacy.

Posted by: Andjam at March 20, 2004 at 05:47 PM

Lots of George Bush supporters in my ZIP code. Also some teachers for Dean. Where does a rural school teacher get $650 to throw at Dean?

Posted by: Fred Boness at March 20, 2004 at 06:21 PM

The FEC list is public, which is indicated on all the political donation forms I've ever seen. Phone books are public, which anyone who isn't too stupid to be allowed to vote knows. Lines of latitude and longitude are similarly completely available public data.

Yet publishing a mere collation of these bits of public data sources (which is trivial in a computer sense -- if it'd take a day of work to write the a collating program for an expereinced programmer, I'd be shocked) is somehow an invasion of privacy?

You're in the computer age, kids, and computers aren't just a means of delivering DU rants and porn.

Posted by: Warmongering Lunatic at March 20, 2004 at 06:30 PM

DU can be fun, when it's not scary or boring, but ultimately I think it's a bunch of Haw Haw.

Posted by: Timothy Lang at March 20, 2004 at 06:32 PM

The DU's worried about getting fired for being democrat?- maybe they should read some of David Horowitz's stuff and see whether its even possible to get hired in the US education/college systems if your're not a Democrat/minority/wheel-chairbound lesbian native-American feminist with a palestinian "partner". I dont think the Aussie system's much different, at least at tertiary level.

Posted by: max power at March 20, 2004 at 06:33 PM

The DU's worried about getting fired for being democrat?

These are the same guys that honestly float ideas about winning elections by firing their Republican employees so they won't have time and money to support the opposition.

Posted by: Sortelli at March 20, 2004 at 07:09 PM

There's no longitude at the North Pole. I wonder what happens to the software. Some donor should try it.

Posted by: Ron Hardin at March 20, 2004 at 07:40 PM

I think Tim should give a prize to the first person who is able to find a public school teacher who donated to Bush's campaign. I looked through about 8 pages from my neighborhood and couldn't find one. But then, I'm deep in enemy territory and could barely find anyone who donated to anyone other than Kucinich or Dean.

Posted by: Deus ex Macrame at March 20, 2004 at 10:18 PM

I am proud to see that of 13 contributors in my zip code (including someone famous who I did not know lived near me) 11 contributed to GW and 2 to Edwards.

The funny thing about the DU thread is the paranoid maniacs who think they will be targeted for abuse by Bush supporters... I think it would be the other way around.

Posted by: Apex at March 21, 2004 at 12:04 AM

It appears that one of Tim's favourite authors and film directors hasn't put his money where his mouth is yet.

Posted by: Rob at March 21, 2004 at 12:29 AM

I just checked with my's a total lie, fabricated by the unworthy, that ultra-top secret spy satellites in geosynchronous orbit are being re-programmed to monitor the locations and brain waves of those who donated to liberal candidates. Completely. The technology does not exist. The need does not exist. The organization to collect, collate, and disseminate the intelligence derived from such activities does not exist.

Of course, my superior wears a black suit with sunglasses, and was taping down his freshly made aluminum foil hat when he said that.

Excuse me, while I run to the store for a fresh roll of Reynolds Wrap........

Posted by: JeffS at March 21, 2004 at 01:54 AM

Wow, the DU types must be checking to see if their names are in there. I keep getting a connection failed: too many connections error when I try it.

I will be very surprised if there are any George Bush contributors in my neighborhood...

Posted by: Dave T. at March 21, 2004 at 02:34 AM

Put in the Hollywood zip---90129.

Posted by: KellyW. at March 21, 2004 at 02:41 AM

Most of the places I've looked (I used my Christmas Card list for ZIP codes) show an overwhelming number of people giving the max to GWB. Hell, even in downtonw SF you can find Bush supporters. Or is it all a leftwing plot?

Posted by: George at March 21, 2004 at 08:41 AM

Awesome. If they can keep up this level of paranoia the DU'ers will scare themselves back into their parent's basements and retreat completely from the world of politics. Everybody wins! Except the parents. Oh well.

It's no more than they deserve for letting their kids grow up to be DU'ers.

Geezus. Those guys make Freepers look good...

Posted by: rosignol at March 21, 2004 at 10:12 AM

Godfrey Daniels!! There's a person within five miles of me that put money into Dennis Kucinich, don't really need the exact address to find it, just gotta look for the house covered in tinfoil to ward off the cosmic willies. ;-)

Posted by: Hugo at March 21, 2004 at 10:12 AM

I plugged in Princeton, NJ - 08540. Seems rich bobo types like Dean, but I guess we knew that already. Even Peter Benchley's a Deaniac, which kinda sucks.

Posted by: Brian at March 21, 2004 at 10:32 AM

Maybe michigan is up for grabs. Whole lot of Bush and Lieberman support.

Posted by: aaron at March 21, 2004 at 11:27 AM

I just found a co-worker that gave $500 to Kucinich. He seemed like an intelligent guy...

Think I should tell his boss?

Posted by: Jim at March 21, 2004 at 12:23 PM

Think I should tell his boss?

Only if your boss doesn't say,

"That's ridiculous. I should know, I bankroll Al Sharpton."

Posted by: Quentin George at March 21, 2004 at 01:04 PM

Nah, Jim, just walk by him and chuckle knowingly.

Or for a dose of weird, see if the guy believes in chemtrails.

Posted by: Sortelli at March 21, 2004 at 03:10 PM


Wait, that's not so hard. I mean, in my office building alone, there are probably notaries public on every 2nd floor, just chat them up and they'll stamp whatever you want.

Oh, wait...what on earth would these lames be doing in an office building? Nevermind.

Posted by: Brian Jones at March 21, 2004 at 03:13 PM