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Wis. Leftist Group's Mailing Tries to Shame Non-Voters by Revealing Their Names to Neighbors
NewsBusters ^ | June 02, 2012 | Tom Blumer

Posted on 06/02/2012 2:37:47 PM PDT by Qbert

Friday evening, Madison, Wisconsin blogger Ann Althouse reported receiving (HT Instapundit) an "Incredibly creepy mail today from the Greater Wisconsin Political Fund." She has a put up an image of what she received with names and addresses redacted (except for her name). It's a list which includes Althouse and many of her neighbors indicating who has and hasn't voted in the last two elections.

Unsurprisingly the Greater Wisconsin Political Fund is the political fundraising arm of the Greater Wisconsin Committee, both of which lean very left. Both support the effort to recall Badger State Governor Scott Walker. Both appear likely to get a virtually free pass from the establishment press. Althouse's reaction follows the jump:

... be assured, this was a list of real names and addresses of people who live near me, with the information about whether they voted in the last 2 elections. This is an effort to shame and pressure people about voting, and it is truly despicable. Your vote is private, you have a right not to vote, and anyone who tries to shame and an harass you about it is violating your privacy, and the assumption that I will become active in shaming and pressuring my neighbors is repugnant.

Not voting is a valid choice. If you don't have a preference in the election, don't vote. If you think no one deserves your vote, don't vote.

This may be the most disgusting thing I have ever received in the mail.

Two obvious observations:

I'll bet that the GWPF isn't sending these mailers to conservative and Republican areas of Wisconsin or (if it's possible to determine) conservative or Republican households.

If a conservative or Republican group attempted this kind of shame-your-neighbors tactic, it would already have received saturation wire service and TV news coverage. My bet is that we'll see little if anything about it in the establishment press in the coming days beyond what Christian Schneider, who also received the mailing, has reported at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Yankee Review blog.

One never knows in a election such as this with no real precedent, but the mailing appears to be a desperation tactic by leftists who sense that they're likely to lose on Tuesday and are trying to shore up a resigned, apathetic base.

So will Tom Barrett repudiate this tactic?


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: creepyleftists; leftists; tombarrett; totalitarians

1 posted on 06/02/2012 2:37:55 PM PDT by Qbert
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To: Qbert
I made this for Attackwatch.org but it seems appropriate.

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2 posted on 06/02/2012 2:46:37 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Qbert

Is this cause enough for a personal lawsuit against this organization for encroaching on a person’s personal rights.


3 posted on 06/02/2012 2:52:05 PM PDT by YukonGreen
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To: Qbert
I hope that the ‘Greater Wisconsin Political Fund’ includes a list of candidates that they support, so people who are harassed by them know who to vote against!
4 posted on 06/02/2012 3:06:32 PM PDT by airborne (Paratroopers! Good to the last drop!)
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To: Qbert

Obviously desperation. Someone needs to raise Hell about this.


5 posted on 06/02/2012 3:13:45 PM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: Qbert

Obviously desperation. Someone needs to raise Hell about this.


6 posted on 06/02/2012 3:13:45 PM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: Qbert

Indeed this is a sign of desperation.

Frankly were I to receive a letter such as this and I knew the political persuasion of the sender, I would get myself to the voting booth and make it a point to vote against their Party no matter my own Party affiliation


7 posted on 06/02/2012 3:15:09 PM PDT by scram2
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To: Qbert
A** whipping is what this group needs
8 posted on 06/02/2012 3:17:38 PM PDT by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: Qbert

Look for similar tactics in November.


9 posted on 06/02/2012 3:19:52 PM PDT by immadashell
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To: cripplecreek

Well-placed, ‘creek.


10 posted on 06/02/2012 3:25:12 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: Qbert

My bet is that anybody motivated by this will vote to spite the Greater Wisconsin Political Fund.


11 posted on 06/02/2012 3:30:16 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: Qbert

somebody pulls that on me, i’ll make it a point of voting for the other guy...


12 posted on 06/02/2012 3:46:23 PM PDT by stylin19a (Obama - The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance)
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To: Qbert

I would assume they’re using name and address data taken from the recall petitions.


13 posted on 06/02/2012 3:49:10 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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I would assume they’re using name and address data taken from the recall petitions.

I don't know where they got the names from, but Althouse didn't sign any recall petitions.

14 posted on 06/02/2012 4:33:17 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: Qbert

Just imagine what these communist apparatchiks will do with your medical records under Obama care....When they have access to them


15 posted on 06/02/2012 4:38:44 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: Qbert

I delivered a butt load of that crap today.


16 posted on 06/02/2012 5:06:43 PM PDT by CMailBag
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To: Steely Tom

One, if one so insisted, could only ‘shame’ someone by coming from a ‘higher ground’ than the target who somehow chose the ‘lower ground’.

Whose bright idea this was, it must be some old-school union thug who hasn’t been briefed on the new battlefield.

If you affront somebody with their private information and demand they go public and vote on something, well, that only works on potential plea-bargainers.

But for God’s sake, PLEASE let this union idiot continue its idea of GOTV.


17 posted on 06/02/2012 5:06:48 PM PDT by txhurl (AB would vote for Scott Walker.)
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To: CMailBag

I delivered a butt load of that crap today.


Really?


18 posted on 06/02/2012 5:11:28 PM PDT by txhurl (AB would vote for Scott Walker.)
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To: cripplecreek

Perfect


19 posted on 06/02/2012 5:41:55 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: Qbert

Obama and his Chicago DemoGoons are once again resorting to their criminal tactics of bullying and intimidation.


20 posted on 06/02/2012 6:08:26 PM PDT by DGHoodini (Iran Azadi)
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To: txhurl

Yes, yesterday there were many sheets that said “You signed the recall petitions, now we have to finish what we started”


21 posted on 06/02/2012 6:34:29 PM PDT by CMailBag
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To: CMailBag

Unfortunately they probably thought they were signing the ban on dihydrogen monoxide.


22 posted on 06/02/2012 9:17:33 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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