Thursday, December 31, 2009

Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device...

I wouldn't have thought twice about it, if it weren't for CNN's report, "'Sent From the Candidate's BlackBerry.' Really?" According to the report:
A mass e-mail was sent on Tuesday from Carly Fiorina's senatorial campaign, appearing to not only come from the candidate herself, but from her personal BlackBerry.

While most campaigns send e-mails appearing to be written from the candidate, this one took the extra step of adding at the bottom, "Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device." This tag has raised questions about why the campaign, and others which have included similar tags, would take the extra step to tell readers what is highly unlikely: it was sent directly from Fiorina's BlackBerry.

The e-mail also had embedded links and a campaign FEC disclaimer inside a box; both functions are not available on a BlackBerry.

Fiorina's communications director, Julie Soderlund, did not say whether or not the e-mail was actually sent from the candidate and her BlackBerry.

"This was an e-mail from Carly to her supporters asking for their support at the end of the year," Soderlund told CNN. "It's consistent with what many other candidates are doing at the end of the filing period."
I've copied the "Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device" into the title of this post. I've been getting these e-mails for a while, unsolicited, and I expressed my unhappiness with Ms. Fiorina in an earlier essay, "Carly Fiorina: The Next Dede Scozzafava?" I admire her as a person, but we don't need another RINO in the U.S. Senate. And if this is really a fraudulent solicitation, that's an even deeper black mark on her reputation.

In any case, here's the e-mail in full, from my in-box. Do not contribute to her campaign if you're looking to stop the Democratic agenda:

Carly Fiorina to me

This is a quick note to let you know Thursday night marks the end of our first campaign reporting deadline.

I hope you will consider
making a donation of any amount up to the $2400 legal limit to help our campaign reach our fundraising goal by Thursday at midnight.

Since announcing my candidacy for the U.S. Senate, I have been humbled by the outpouring of support that has come from every corner of California as well as those across the country looking for new leadership in Washington.

This is only the beginning. We're taking our fight to Barbara Boxer and holding her accountable for her record of putting special interests ahead of the citizens of California. I hope you'll join my campaign before the end of the year with a
generous donation by following this link. Thank you and have a Happy New Year.

With warm regards,
Carly Fiorina

Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device

Please visit
this page if you want to remove yourself from the email list.

Contributions to Carly for California are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.

Paid for by Carly for California

More at Memeorandum.

Check DeVore's website is here. (he's the tea party favorite in the primary). If folks are making campaign contributions, he deserves your support.


Rick Derris said...

With all due respect Professor Douglas, I don't think that this is endemic of a RINO as you call her. It's a symptom of the lack of respect most politicians have for the people of this country. If Ms. Fiorina thinks that she can so easily hoodwink her prospective constituents with such transparent and obvious parlor tricks then she is ill-prepared to take a leading role in California's future.