Last night, I posted about a mailing I received from the Greater Wisconsin Political Fund, showing my name and address and the names and addresses of a dozen of my neighbors and whether we'd voted in the last 2 elections. The letter says that "we're taking a new approach... seeing this mailing to you and your neighbors to publicize who does and does not vote." We're told this is a matter of "public record" and that "After the June 5th election" — the recall — "public records will tell everybody who voted and who didn't." I found that quite disgusting...This is disgusting.
A group of “researchers” using a Harvard University return address (108 Littauer Center – I checked and Harvard has that center.) is sending out campaign contribution information showing one Republican donor (me) and multiple (blinded) Democratic donors. This reeks of intimidation tactics, i.e. “we have your name, etc and we will spotlight you”. They claim this is information from “my neighborhood” – I know I live in a very Republican neighborhood so these names could be pulled from anywhere, e.g. the big UVA Democrat areas several miles from here.
A couple of valid points from the comments:
This bothers conservatives much more for the same reason we generally don't display political bumper stickers. We all know that many liberals are emotional basket cases that will key your car, or flatten your tires for daring to express a contrary opinion in their world.and
Consequently telling a bunch of them in your neighborhood that you support Republicans is de facto a threat. Use of this tactic is an admission that what I just said is true: liberals are often scary and violent.
To use such a tactic does not make much sense for Republicans. You can't threaten people that conservatives will physically harm you or your property for being a liberal. It just isn't true enough to be scary.
I think this tactic is a damning admission.
"So liberals are confirmed psychopaths."and best of all
Whoever sent these flyers out thinks enough of them are so that it will scare people into submission. Otherwise there is no point.
I agree with their self-diagnosis.
"They are apparently studying how public disclosure is going to supress contributions. Interesting thesis"Oh, that would be wrong.
Certainly it is.
Maybe the next study approved can be a study of the impact of secret filming of gay college students.