This is the sort of email spam that I get from both sides of the US presidential election.
First – the National Rifle Association. Apparently if you are a rifle owner then you are automatically Right Wing.
From a previous NRA email:
Obama gave a clear warning to you, me, and every gun owner in America that he’s coming for our freedom if he wins reelection
But the bulk of the email spam I get is from the Obama campaign. It runs at 2-4 per day. Here’s an example:
I signed up (a while ago) as a Texas voter, and Texas is always going to vote Republican. Hence essentially all of the spam is aimed at extracting money, though here was a sincere Hurricane Sandy one in there.
I did not sign up for the Republican party spam, which is a shame as I asure it would have been fascinating during the Primary phase.
Overall I find it an appalling way to elect people and to then run a country. The election is all about money, whether from individual supporters or more importantly (for the campaigns) from bigger donators and businesses who run their own SuperPACS (Political Action Committees).
I’m very grateful to live in NZ, with our very short political campaign season, limited campaign spending and voting based (with the arguable exception of Winston Peters and John Banks) on policy not personality. Our politicians even talk to and work with each other. Long may it continue.
Oh – and as a foreigner I cannot contribute to a political campaign – one of the few US campaign finance rules that does make sense. One could, of course, start a US corporation which in turns funds a PAC, but be sure to put aside at least $100m to being able to make any sort of impact.