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The RNC Small Donor Look Up Tool: Gimmick or Great?

A new online donation-tracking tool on the RNC website has people making wagers as to its effectiveness. The simple setup is supposed to track small donors, any amount up to $200. With controversy over the provenance of some of Obama's small donations, the tool appears to be pointed right at that. But is it a great addition to transparency, or a campaign gimmick?

A spokeswoman for the Center for Responsive Politics gives it a mixed review. "As a transparency tool it is pretty dull. As a political tactic it is a bit sharper because the other side has done nothing of the sort and has not even responded to watchdog calls to say more about their small donors." Though the piece nods that "it's a step beyond what the Obama camp has been willing to do," (a campaign whose average contribution is $86) it continues, blasting the tool saying, "By putting out something so incomplete and, in the end, relatively useless, they have undercut their own criticisms of Barack Obama.

It is very simple and doesn't allow for searching by location or workplace, key details the GOP have access to and important if you have a common name. There are other tools out there that allow for that, Fundrace, and OpenSecrets. Though I will say the RNC tool is the only one that accurately returned results on my donations. So what do you think?

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kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
Poor Harm! :hug:
kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
Poor Harm! :hug:
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 7 years
I say UGH because he WAS a Hillary supporter.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 7 years
UGH my dad's did.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 7 years
UGH my dad's did.
kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
Oh thank the lord! My parents names didn't show any results. :)
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 7 years
Wow that Fundrace one is well scary. There was literally 3 people who donated to the RNC/republican canidate in my entire zip code?
milosmommy milosmommy 7 years
I think it's a total invasion of privacy. Just to see what would happen I looked up a couple of co-workers (who have pretty un-common last names) that I know lean to the right and I saw that both of them had contributed. I think I even found my dad, his name is a little more common though so I can't be sure. If it is him though I'm a bit dissappointed only because the man can't pay his bills, but is contributing to a campaign, wtf??
ehadams ehadams 7 years
Meh... it found a dozen people with my stepmother and father's names. How effective is that.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 7 years
I agree with True Song just anybody shouldn't be able to look up any type info about you because we know how easily this type of information is leaked to the media. And of course this was political motivated...dang that joe the plumber!
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
I have a similar pair from BCBG, but the heel snapped off and I haven't fixed it yet. I guess what I'm envying is that those have both the heels intact :p
liliblu liliblu 7 years
My boots, like I could afford those boots.
liliblu liliblu 7 years
Jude that sounds like my boots.
bluesuze bluesuze 7 years
Invasion of Privacy! :jawdrop:
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 7 years
She wore red patent leather (I think some sort of skin or faux skin print) pumps at the debate. I might not like her, but the woman has clearly got taste in shoes and clothing.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
She's got this one pair of spike-heeled black boots that are to die for.
liliblu liliblu 7 years
Neither do I Jude. Off topic, I was looking at the slideshow of Palin clothes of Huffington. There is a red oufit she wore with black boots that is simply fantastic. I would love to have it.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
:jawdrop:I don't want my donations to be publicly searchable.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
:jawdrop: I don't want my donations to be publicly searchable.
liliblu liliblu 7 years
How do they prove that the information is accurate?
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 7 years
I'm going to have to agree with you True Song. I don't think the use of tracking small donations is worth the invasion of privacy. More than likely if your donating to a campaign, you're voting for them (short of the campaign taking a bad turn somewhere). In some places a person might experience hostility for voting against the norm. What was the RNC thinking?
True-Song True-Song 7 years
But I totally went to that website and looked for people I thought might have donated. Only two names I entered showed up, though, and one is a common name so it may be the girl I'm thinking of, it may not.
kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
I agree. I wouldn't want people to look up how much money I've donated. That's my business and nobody else's.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 7 years
Invasion of privacy!!
dreamsugar dreamsugar 7 years
Invasion of privacy!!
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