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The GOP Voter Vault’s Data Resources Put The FBI, NSA, And Santa Claus To Shame!

They know when you are sleeping, they know when you’re awake, they know if you’ve been bad or good… well, you get the idea.

Since 2000, workers for the Republican Party’s “Voter Vault” have continuously compiled and updated data on 165 million Americans. Inspired by years of watching national labor unions gather information for the Democratic Party, the GOP followed suit and went electronic, taking advantage of bigger budgets and more committed people.

The GOP Voter Vault uses a point system that can tabulate if you’re a likely Republican or Democratic voter using certain demographic canvassing criteria. It's especially useful in determining if you might be easily persuaded either way politically, based on a sophisticated scoring structure.

Their database – mostly compiled overseas in India - comes from various sources of public information that can be legally bought in bulk on the web or are the results of tens of thousands of dedicated field workers gathering data. Statistics are culled from credit reports and ratings, magazine subscriptions and records traded between monthly and weekly publications, and even vehicle registrations. There are consumer polls that you’ve answered or mailed in for a coupon to get something free and they can even gain access to your buying preferences that those pesky discount cards record at the grocery store.  

They have a list of every local evangelical church with a bus willing to pick up loads of little old ladies and men at nursing homes and retirement communities who otherwise wouldn’t go to the polls. These voters are tempted in exchange for stopping at the grocery and drug store on the way back. They also have lists of those same seniors that can’t get out, so they can send them absentee ballots to fill out using conveniently provided GOP voter guides and later will call to remind them to mail them back in.

They legally use public records as a base, such as voter registration logs. They know if you vote in all elections or just the presidential cycles. They also can tell from the “Voter Vault” the last time you registered to vote, for what party, and if you’re still eligible. If not they’ll give you a friendly reminder call to make sure you sign up.

Census figures give them the racial and financial makeup of your particular neighborhood down to the street, how much your house is worth, how many TVs you own, even to how many bathrooms you have. It's information that’s valuable to them to determine your character and how you’re likely to vote, based on data you’ve given freely to the U.S. government every ten-year census cycle.

That opinion canvasser that you talked to casually outside of the hardware store last week has probably sent your answers to them by now. Organizations as varied as the National Rifle Association Political Victory fund and the Pastor’s Network regularly canvas public opinion over the phone and in person then eagerly send it on to the Vault.

Public lien records tell them how much you still owe on your house, documents in your local town hall tell if you have a hunting or fishing license, sales-oriented records show what beer you like, or if you prefer Coke over Pepsi. They know your age, your sex, and sex preference, married or single, they know what sites you like to go to on the Internet. They know if you rent or if you own, if your kid is on a little league team, if your wife belongs to a bridge club, and when the last time was that you contributed to a charity or a political campaign.

If they’re really interested in you either negatively or positively (especially if you’re a candidate) they go into your criminal background as well.

Get the idea?

“Big Brother” is blind in one eye and deaf in both ears compared to the GOP’s Voter Vault.

A savvy Republican staff worker with the right keystrokes in San Jose, California can go online and tell what time you’d prefer the local church bus in Toledo Ohio to pick you up and can give that driver directions to your house and then on to your local polling station. They can coordinate canvassers as to the most likely time you’ll be home to answer the phone or the door, too.

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  • Zingzing

    Not that I don’t trust clavos or Dave to be fair in editing, but it would be nice if there was a left wing editor in the politics section. Believe it or not, I make my living from writing and editing, but I have to say I’m not the person for the job. I don’t know that I could deal with it as well as the current editors do. But still, it would be nice to have a third editor up there… Maybe Roger, even. He seems to split the political divide in a lot of ways these days. Or at least he’s so far left he’s gotten back round to the right in some ways. I dunno, he’s far enough put there that it’s hard to figure where he’ll land on any particular subject. Where is Roger anyway?

  • Jet Gardner

    So far, so good Zing! Read it, tweet it, digg it and spread the word for me?

  • Zingzing

    I digg and tweet nothing, but I’ve read it. Given what you present, it seems like it should be a pretty cut and dry issue, but that’s American politics these days. I’ll comment later… Been up for 21 hours at this point. Don’t know what there is to say about anything right now.

  • Dr Dreadful

    @ #51: Thing is, zing, even if there were a “liberal” politics editor, there’s no guarantee that if you were to submit a Politics article you would “get” that editor; nor do I think it would help Blogcritics’ impartiality if a writer were able to insist on a “friendly” eye.

    As opinionated as they are on the boards, when it comes to editing fairly Dave and Clav both do an impeccable job.

  • Dr Dreadful

    I also don’t tweet, Jet, but I can Digg it and give it some Facebook lovin’.

  • Jet Gardner

    Doc if my pipeline article is any indication I agree.

  • Jet Gardner

    Do you realize if this nut is elected, it’ll mean the end of the internet!!!!! What on earth does he think 99% of internet commerce is?

    If elected, the GOP presidential candidate writes in a position paper widely circulated this week, he would order his attorney general to “vigorously enforce” existing laws that “prohibit distribution of hardcore (obscene) pornography on the Internet, on cable/satellite TV, on hotel/motel TV, in retail shops and through the mail or by common carrier.”

    “The Obama administration has turned a blind eye to those who wish to preserve our culture from the scourge of pornography and has refused to enforce obscenity laws,” he writes. “While the Obama Department of Justice seems to favor pornographers over children and families, that will change under a Santorum administration.”

  • Jet Gardner

    If you haven’t guessed 57 refers to Rick Sanitarium.

    He’s trying to inferr that pornography was never viewed until Obama took office.

    Jesus Hosana Christ! please come down and save us from this ass that’s putting words in your mouth!!!!!11

  • Jet Gardner


  • Jet Gardner

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  • Glenn Contrarian


  • Jet Gardner


    Santorum, in a television interview on Monday morning, made a series of pointed remarks about Romney that almost certainly rule him out of consideration as Romney’s vice-presidential running-mate.

    Speaking on CBS, Santorum claimed Romney “is someone who doesn’t have a core. He has been on both sides of almost every single issue in the past 10 years“. That is a damning accusation for a politician, one that the Democrats could happily use as an ad in the fall.

    At a rally on Sunday, Santorum, reacting to Romney’s jibe that he is an economic lightweight, offered the Democrats another gift, suggesting that American voters were unlikely to want to see a Wall Street financier as president.

    I heard governor Romney here called me an economic lightweight because I wasn’t a Wall Street financier like he was. Do you really believe this country wants to elect a Wall Street financier as the president of the United States? Do you think that’s the experience that we need? Someone who’s going to take and look after as he did his friends on Wall Street and bail them out at the expense of Main Street America,” Santorum said.

    He added that Romney’s boast that he had a good record of job creation while governor of Massachusetts was untrue: it had been the third worst of the 50 states.

    A poll by Public Policy Polling Monday showed Romney opening up a wide lead over Santorum after weekend polls had showed Romney with only a slight lead. The poll put Romney on 45%, Santorum 30%, Gingrich 12% and Paul 10%

  • Dr Dreadful

    Jet, if Obama’s selection of Biden as his running mate after all those daft things he said about him is any guide, I wouldn’t rule out Santorum – not for that reason, at any rate.

    What would rule him out is that any ticket with Santorum on it anywhere is unelectable. It would be absolute lunacy for Romney to pick Rick… unless, as some have theorized, the GOP’s strategy is to deliberately throw the election.

  • Jet Gardner

    In that case someone should suggest Sarah Palin to him!

  • Dr Dreadful

    This is actually one of the things I find most amusing and entertaining about the American election process.

    Candidates from the same party spend up to a year traversing the nation saying incredibly horrible things about one another.

    Then, come the party convention and the nomination, the losing candidates, who just weeks before were portraying the nominee as the spawn of Satan and claiming that his presidency would mean earthquakes, tidal waves, plague and the end of civilization as we know it, suddenly start gushing about what a superb candidate he is and the best possible thing that could happen to America.

    You can’t make this stuff up.

  • Jet Gardner

    Politics like American Corporations follow the same mantra “If it makes sense it’s against company policy.”

  • Jet Gardner

    UPDATE: This is why Supreme Court appointments are so important when considering a president.

    Thanks to Bush appointed Chief Justice Roberts we had the superpacs…

    Houston homebuilder Bob Perry donated $3 million to the super PAC supporting Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, accounting for nearly half of the PAC’s February haul, according to a report filed Tuesday afternoon with the Federal Election Commission.

    The super PAC, Restore Our Future, spent a total of $12.2 million last month, mostly on hard-hitting ads attacking Rick Santorum, as Romney struggled to put away his rivals for the GOP presidential nomination.

    In all, a single super PAC spent $9.9 million on ads, mailings and phone banking attacking Santorum, as compared $1.6 million attacking Newt Gingrich, and $52,000 supporting Romney.

    It raised a total of $6.2 million and finished last month with $10.5 million in the bank. But it has continued its brisk spending in March and will need to cultivate new mega-donors or raise more cash from repeat donors if it hopes to keep up the pace over the course of a protracted primary battle.

    Perry had been a longtime supporter of Texas Gov. Rick Perry – who dropped his own presidential campaign after disappointing finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire – but had also donated $1 million last year to Restore Our Future.

    Other top givers to Restore Our Future included David Humphreys, a top executive of a Missouri building supply company, and former Univision chairman Jerry Perenchio, each of whom donated $500,000.

    …and these assholes are whining because Bill Maher donated a million to a pac that supports Obama?

  • Jet Gardner
  • Jet Gardner

    I wonder if Texas will ever get the hint? For years now, Governor Perry got all those people to pray for rain (be careful what you wish for Houston) and look what didn’t happen.

    The Texas Agri-Life Extension Service out of Texas A&M University says the long-term effects will be worse than expected, with total agriculture losses to exceed the original $5.2 billion estimate.

    The USDA says Texas farmers harvested just over half of the state`s crops last year, compared to 87 percent in 2010. And they’re all going to pay the price of the drought from cotton to feed grain, and right on up the food chain.

    God gave the fire and brimstone for taking his name in vain. The wildfires in East Texas wiped out more than 97 million dollars in trees that could have been used for homes, furniture, and other consumer products. That`s an economic loss to East Texas of about $3.4 billion.

    Texas Forest Service urban foresters, also out of TAMU, say the drought killed as many as 5.6 million trees in Texas cities and towns, that`s about one-tenth of the state`s urban forest. The estimated cost to remove the dead wood is $560 million, and the estimated loss of economic and environmental benefits of these dead trees is $280 million a year.

    God brought floods to Texas too, but not enough to appease those who put words in his mouth.

    But don`t think the recent rains have ended the drought. The folks who track these things say a good portion of Texas remains in extreme drought, and they’re still in a moderate drought around Houston.

    Yeah, but the rain sure feels good, unless your car gets stranded in Houston`s flooding. But that`s just the price of living in God’s paradise.

    Has anyone noticed that God steered the jet stream really close to Texas without actually hitting it, but enough to let them smell the water they weren’t getting?

    Perry and his religious fanatics just keepa praying…

  • Jet Gardner

    Santorum he did say what he said-Is he lying…

    An agitated Rick Santorum on Sunday called Mitt Romney “the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama” even as it appears the former Massachusetts governor is on pace to clinch the party’s nomination in June.

    Santorum later lashed out at reporters, using a profane word as he accused them of “distorting” his speech.

    Santorum told voters that Romney is “uniquely disqualified” to be the GOP’s presidential pick and urged his supporters to stand with him even as he faces an increasingly improbable pathway to the nomination. Santorum said “the race isn’t over until the people of Wisconsin sing,” and urged them to give his underfunded, underdog campaign a chance to derail Romney.

    “Pick any other Republican in the country. He is the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama,” Santorum said at an evening rally near Racine.

    — Santorum later tried to clarify that he was talking only about Romney’s ability to campaign against the national health care law—

    championed by Obama and the Democrats. But the candidate’s temper flared when he was pushed by reporters.

    “On the issue of health care. That’s what I was talking about, and I was very clear about talking about that. OK?” Santorum told reporters who asked him about the scathing criticism. “Come on, guys, don’t do this. I mean, you guys are incredible. I was talking about Obamacare, and he is the worst because he was the author of Romneycare.”

    Pressed by a reporter from The New York Times, Santorum said: “Quit distorting my words. It’s bulls—.”

    Romney spokesman Ryan Williams, who attended the event, said Santorum was “panicking in the final stages of his campaign.”

    “Rick Santorum is becoming more desperate and angry and unhinged every day,” Williams said. “He sees conservatives coalescing around Mitt Romney and he’s rattled by the backlash caused by his suggestion that keeping Barack Obama would be better than electing a Republican.

    Campaigning throughout Wisconsin, which has its primary April 3, Santorum hammered Romney as a candidate conservatives should not trust. He seized on a Romney adviser’s comment last week that the race’s dynamic will change when the GOP settles on a nominee, likening it to an Etch A Sketch toy.

    “I have not written my public policy pronouncements on an Etch A Sketch. They are written on my heart,” Santorum said in a Fond du Lac bowling alley.

    “Gov. Romney has said in response to the Etch A Sketch comment that he wants to assure all of you-he wants to assure that he will run as a conservative in the fall. Let me assure you, that I’m not going to run as a conservative. I am a conservative.”

    Santorum also called Romney “the one Republican in America who actually authored the blueprint for Obamacare.

    “We have a candidate who is running against me who is uniquely disqualified,” he said.

    But that candidate is better organized and has a serious advantage on his way to clinching the GOP nomination with 1,144 delegates before the party meets for its convention in Tampa, Fla. Romney has won 568 delegates to Santorum’s 273, according to The Associated Press’ tally.

  • Jet Gardner


    NEW YORK — In 2008, Mitt Romney’s political action committee made a $10,000 donation to the National Organization of Marriage at a time when the anti-gay rights organization was seeking repeal of a California law legalizing marriage equality.

    While neither the donation nor Romney’s opposition to same-sex marriage were a secret, the precise way in which he contributed to NOM remained under tight wraps until Friday. One of the only public comments on the matter came when the former Massachusetts governor’s top spokesman, Eric Fehrnstrom, told the Deseret News that Romney supported California’s Proposition 8, which would reverse the state law allowing for same-sex marriage, and that he would be writing a check to NOM.

    “The governor feels strongly that marriage is an institution between a man and a woman, and one of the most high-profile fights on this subject is happening in California,” Fehrnstrom said at the time.

    But when Romney eventually made his donation, he did so quietly, and through an unusual channel. Records filed by Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC with the Federal Election Commission did not include details of that $10,000 donation. Nor did NOM’s public 990 form. In fact, record of the payment was only uncovered Friday when the pro-gay rights Human Rights Campaign was sent a private IRS filing from NOM via a whistleblower. The Human Rights Campaign shared the filing with The Huffington Post.

    Asked for comment, an aide to Romney said that the donation was made through the Alabama chapter of the Free and Strong America PAC. State records confirm this. However, the 990 NOM filed lists the donation as having come from PO Box 79226 in Belmont, Massachusetts.

    Romney is far from the only national politician to take advantage of Alabama’s lax campaign finance and disclosure laws. Several others have set up PACs in the state, for the purposes of raising money. Alabama does not put a limit on the individual amount that a donor can give to a PAC.

    But the secretive nature of the donation raised the eyebrows of Human Rights Campaign officials. Romney, after all, didn’t have to send his check to NOM through the Alabama chapter of his PAC.

    “It’s clear now that Romney was a major financial donor to Prop. 8,” said Fred Sainz, HRC’s vice president for communications. “But it’s also clear that his campaign very cleverly hid this contribution in an obscure Alabama PAC.”

    “His spokesperson said that Romney had financially supported Prop 8 but there’s no disclosure of a contribution to any Prop. 8 effort, personal or through the national or Alabama PAC,” Sainz added. “He instead chose to give to NOM, an organization that has a history of shielding its donors. For what other purpose would you contribute $10,000 to NOM three weeks before the election other than Prop 8?

  • Jet Gardner

    Columbus Ohio GOP Chair Opposes More Early Voting, Saying It Helps African-Americans

    The battle for voting rights in 2012 is getting nastier and growing far beyond the fight over whether specific state-issued ID is needed to get into a polling place voting booth.

    In Franklin County, Ohio, where Columbus is located, Doug Priese, the GOP County Chairman and a county Board of Election (BOE) member, explained his recent BOE vote against expanded weekend early voting hours in November, by saying he didn’t want to make it easier for Democratic Party organizers to turn out the African-American vote.

    “I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban (African American voter)turnout machine,” Preisse said, in The Columbus Dispatch. “Let’s be fair and reasonable.”

    The article continued, “He called claims of unfairness by Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern and others “bullshit. Quote me!”

    I guess the Ohio GOP worry they might come in second to the Pennsylvania GOP in voter suppression.

  • Jet Gardner

    Jet’s latest voter data averages: 10/29/12
    41 sources

    Obama 290
    Romney 235
    Virginia tied

    Alabama-9 Romney 54% – 36%
    Alaska-3 Romney 62% – 36%
    Arizona-11 Romney 52% – 44%
    Arkansas-6 Romney 58% – 31%
    California-55 Obama 53% – 40%
    Colorado-9 Obama 50% – 46%
    Connecticut-7 Obama 52% – 42%
    Delaware-3 Obama 62% – 37%
    Florida-29 Romney 49% – 47%
    Georgia-16 Romney 51% – 43%
    Hawaii-4 Obama 62% – 38%
    Idaho-4 Romney 63% – 27%
    Indiana-11 Romney 51% – 38%
    Iowa-6 Obama 50% – 46%
    Illinois-20 Obama 55% – 36%
    Kansas-6 Romney 57% – 42%
    Kentucky-8 Romney 53% – 39%
    Louisiana-8 Romney 50% – 37%
    Maine-4 Obama 52% – 39%
    Maryland-10 Obama 60% – 36%
    Massachusetts-11 Obama 57% – 38%
    Michigan-16 Obama 50% – 43%
    Minnesota-10 Obama 51% – 46%
    Mississippi-6 Romney 56% – 43%
    Missouri-10 Romney 53% – 44%
    Montana-3 Romney 51% – 43%
    Nebraska-5 Romney 51% – 41%
    Nevada-6 Obama 51% – 47%
    New Hampshire-4 Obama 50% – 46%
    New Jersey-14 Obama 53% – 41%
    New Mexico-5 Obama 53% – 44%
    New York-29 Obama 61% – 34%
    North Carolina-15 Romney 50% – 47%
    North Dakota-3 Romney 53% – 37%
    Ohio-18 Obama 50% – 45%
    Oklahoma-7 Romney 58% – 33%
    Oregon-7 Obama 49% – 42%
    Pennsylvania-20 Obama 50% – 44%
    Rhode Island-4 Obama 58% – 33%
    South Carolina-9 Romney 46% – 40%
    South Dakota-3 Romney 52% – 43%
    Tennessee-11 Romney 47% – 40%
    Texas-38 Romney 58% – 39%
    Utah-6 Romney 71% – 20%
    Vermont-3 Obama 68% – 23%
    Virginia-13 ? 48% – 48%
    Washington-12 Obama 53% – 42%
    Washington, D.C.-3 Obama 88% – 8% !!!
    West Virginia-5 Romney 52% – 38%
    Wisconsin-10 Obama 50% – 47%
    Wyoming-3 Romney 65% – 33%