Vernon Robison Releases 42,000 Donors' Private Information

Okay so we all know that the Under the Dome column in the N&O is essentially clueless, but this paragraph from Under the Dome today trying to give props to Vernon Robison killed me:

Usually, when congressional candidates go to Washington they are seeking support and money. But Republican Vernon Robinson of Winston-Salem actually bore gifts when he was in D.C. last week to meet with GOP leaders.

Robinson, who is challenging Democratic Rep. Brad Miller in the 13th Congressional District, gave each GOP House member the names and addresses of his donors from their states. Robinson said the 42,000 names had an in-kind value of $116,000.

My question is whether the 42,000 donors wanted their private information revealed. It would seem to me to be a breach of trust. When I donate, I know there is some information that the candidate needs to report, but I do not want him throwing around my private information so that I receive unsolicited junk mail from other candidates.


Its politics and fundraising...


Be just, and fear not.

Our children need to know that some people fought back, when others collaborated.

Not that it happenned...

I am not surprised that it happenned, but merely the way that it is portrayed into being a good thing for Vernon to do.

I'm absolutely appalled....

One minute I think Christensen has a clue and the next...I'm thinking he's clueless.

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Question of discretion?

I am hoping that Rob saw the negatives of this and decided that it was not proper to comment on it in the column. I think it is a close call. Although if you are going to put the positive spin on it and ignore the negative, I think that is not okay.

$2.75 per name

Let it never be said that Robinson doesn't value his donors!

What type of in-kind donate

does $2.75/per name cover? I mean...I'm missing something here.

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Where in the World? Now we know

I guess since I was going to reveal them anyway he decided to beat me to the punch. No, I'm not that conceited.

This parallels the boiler-room scam world where the people who part with their money are labelled as easy marks, ripe for other scams. Actually the organizations that provided the names in the first place are probably going to be mad as hell that he gave away their assets for free.

I'm going to present Brad Miller with a copy of the Raleigh/ Wake County telephone book. I estimate it has an "in-kind" value of $360,000.

Will these House members now be reporting the "in-kind contributions" to the FEC?


You should still reveal

to show to the rest of us where the wackos supporting the wacko are from.

I will

Still recovering from the OAC dust-up.


I've been meaning to apologize to you (and to Robert) for causing you so much grief. If I could have done anything to stop it, I would have, but I didn't read the comments at OAC until it was all over so didn't know what was going on.

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Don't apologize

It was a really interesting experiment.

How do we get on his list?

Dang! I wish I was on his list. As long as it didn't have my email address or phone number anyway. I want him and his friends to spend money contacting me.

-- ge

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A shameless effort to illicit Cash Reciprocation…

Call it creative campaigning – a bold attempt to “Con” his own party mates to turn around and give him some “Cash” for his $100,000 "In kind" worthless donation.

They may be Republicans but they are not that stupid...

What a total amateur.

I wish the followers would lead... With a voice so strong in would knock me to my knees...

Don't be so shortsighted

It's building goodwill. He's going to have a hard time getting his the GOP establishment on board, especially since he is running in a Democratic district. Sharing his donor list is going to illicit cash donations on the fly, but it will create some friendships, and it may create some list swapping. Robinson explores every avenue he can when it comes to fundraising (sometimes because he had too), and I think this was a good move on his part. It's fairly standard Congressional Club operating procedure, and it will help him continue his fundraising prowess.

Yeah...but his list is full of

Elderly people and the GOP has already overdeveloped that mailing list. Most of the techniques they use are intended to manipulate the elderly or less sophisticated voter into sending them money. If they merged his list with theirs and de-duped it I bet there would be very few unique names left.

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Let me repeat: Robison is an unworthy opponent

This is Robinson’s last gasp – one last ditch effort to make something out of a failed political life. It’s comical – this guy is a caricature – a fiction. A total clown.

His overt pandering mocks the very self respect of our democracy. He is a disgraceful candidate with no shame and an inordinate sense of self that can no longer govern over his constant need to provoke in order to satisfy his juvenile need for attention.

He is the ultimate media candidate – a do anything say anything shock artist that is good for at least one headline every time he gets an audience. The product of a get elected and any cost mentality born out of the endless din and the titillating hyperbole from 20 years of formula driven conservative news-talk radio.

His is a candidacy is a sham – the final act in a carefully orchestrated but failed political life. His contributors are merely voyeurs who are lurkers at this political suicide - they throw dollars at him as their way to cheer for him to commit a spectacular political death.

But he is going to have the last laugh – he is running a political scam and he will be keeping a healthy amount of those contributions for his own personal use at the end of the campaign. His is a desperate life full of promise but wracked by underachievement and missed opportunities… This is his "Retirement 401K campaign".

Stay clear of the suicide at work here Brad Miller – no need to get blood on yourself as this guy just wants an audience for his final act…

He is a loser – period. He keeps the money at the end...

I wish the followers would lead... With a voice so strong in would knock me to my knees...