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Trumpís Digital Advantage Is Freaking Out Democratic Strategists. Left and right agree on one point. The presidentís re-election campaign is way ahead online.
New York Times ^ | January 29, 2020 | Thomas B. Edsall

Posted on 01/29/2020 5:26:22 AM PST by karpov

In a blog post published in November, a year before the 2020 election, Brian Burch, the president of CatholicVote.org, a socially conservative advocacy group, announced that in Wisconsin alone his organization had identified 199,241 Catholics “who’ve been to church at least 3 times in the last 90 days.”

Nearly half of these religiously observant parishioners, Burch wrote, “91,373 mass-attending Catholics — are not even registered to vote!” CatholicVote.org is looking for potential Trump voters within this large, untapped reservoir — Republican-leaning white Catholics who could bolster Trump’s numbers in a battleground state.

Burch, whose organization opposes abortion and gay marriage, made his plans clear:

We are already building the largest Catholic voter mobilization program ever. And no, that’s not an exaggeration. Our plan spans at least 7 states (and growing), and includes millions of Catholic voters.

How did Catholic Vote come up with these particular church attendance numbers for 199,241 Catholics? With geofencing, a technology that creates a virtual geographic boundary, enabling software to trigger a response when a cellphone enters or leaves a particular area — a church, for example, or a stadium, a school or an entire town.

Geofencing is just one of the new tools of digital campaigning, a largely unregulated field of political combat in which voters have little or no idea of how they are being manipulated, in which traditional disclosure requirements are inoperative and key actors are anonymous. It is a weapon of choice. Once an area is geofenced, commercial data companies can acquire the mobile phone ID numbers of those within the boundary.

This is how the National Catholic Reporter described the process in an article earlier this month:

Politically minded geofencers capture data from the cellphones of churchgoers, and then purchase ads targeting those devices.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: democratwhining; digitalbattleground; election2016; voteharvesting
Maybe apolitical Catholics would be less likely to vote for Trump if the Democrats did not demand birth control for nuns and taxpayer-funded abortion.
1 posted on 01/29/2020 5:26:22 AM PST by karpov
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They’re running the article to get tech companies to crack down on selling data to conservatives (only). It ticks me off when people, supposedly on our side, mouth off to the media about tactics...at least they can wait until after the election.


2 posted on 01/29/2020 5:39:47 AM PST by BobL (I eat at McDonald's and shop at Walmart - I just don't tell anyone.)
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Google will go right on selling data to the highest bidder. It’s their lifeblood, their oxygen. They can’t continue to exist without it.


3 posted on 01/29/2020 5:55:18 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog (Patrick Henry would have been an anti-vaxxer)
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91,373 mass-attending Catholics — are not even registered to vote!

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It just goes to prove that many people don’t deserve the free Republic that they have.


4 posted on 01/29/2020 6:07:49 AM PST by Bishop_Malachi (Liberal Socialism - A philosophy which advocates spreading a low standard of living equally.)
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The media was gaga over Obama and his campaign doing a little of this.


5 posted on 01/29/2020 6:07:54 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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Lexicon from the world of digitally targeted politicking:

geofencing, mass personalization, dark patterns, identity resolution technologies, dynamic prospecting, geotargeting strategies, location analytics, geo-behavioural segment, political data cloud, automatic content recognition, dynamic creative optimization.

6 posted on 01/29/2020 6:24:38 AM PST by nwrep
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To: karpov

In before the “doom-and-gloom” crowd. President Trump will win re-election, possibly by a landslide.


7 posted on 01/29/2020 6:32:46 AM PST by FormerFRLurker (Keep calm and vote your conscience.)
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Vote harvesting. We’re using the tools the Left used successfully to flip the House in 2018 to turn the election around this year.

And we’re just getting started. Choke on it, Democrats. Payback’s a b*tch!


8 posted on 01/29/2020 6:50:42 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: BobL

They’re running the article to get tech companies to crack down on selling data to conservatives (only). It ticks me off when people, supposedly on our side, mouth off to the media about tactics...at least they can wait until after the election.

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loose lips sink ships


9 posted on 01/29/2020 8:14:46 AM PST by thinden (Up)
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The media was gaga over Obama and his campaign doing a little of this.

You got that right! Obama was brilliant. Trump doing it gives him an unfair advantage.

10 posted on 01/30/2020 9:45:54 AM PST by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Mozart tells you what it's like to be human. Bach tells you what it's like to be the universe.)
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Yep, same old playbook. Tedious...


11 posted on 01/30/2020 9:55:26 AM PST by DoughtyOne (It's a New Year, and time to up our FR Monthlies by 5-10%. You'll <hardly miss it and it will help.)
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100%


12 posted on 01/30/2020 3:56:50 PM PST by Chode (Send bachelors and come heavily armed.)
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Thank you, Brad Pascale!!

Go, POTUS!!


13 posted on 01/30/2020 3:59:14 PM PST by Jane Long (Praise God, from whom ALL blessings flow.)
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