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

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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.

In a neighborhood of thousands of houses in central Alabama, a GOP staff member can generate a list sitting at a desk in Washington D.C. directing workers to each specific home on every block that they think will do the most good for their national or local candidates. They’ll also tell partisan foot soldiers which doors not to knock on, saving time and effort. With little or no exertion they can generate, distribute, and e-mail lists of talking points specific to each targeted household indicating what issues are important to each person that answers the door.

Let’s say, for example, that you’re a Democrat who likes to go hunting with your buddies; you’re a Star Trek fan; you have five kids and a new mortgage on your brand new home. You have just purchased a big SUV to haul the family around in, too. You favor controls on abortion but not an outright ban. You can expect a precinct worker to arrive at your door in a bright orange cap and tell you that his opponent is for gun control; he’ll nonchalantly complain about real estate taxes and warn how taxes on gasoline will skyrocket if you vote for a “tax and spend” Democrat. In casual conversation he’ll tell you that “they” are working to get rid of the tax deduction on that SUV, that they’re planning a partial-birth abortion clinic down the street and that his candidate alone will keep registered sex offenders out of your neighborhood and away from your kids.

Oh, and he’ll have two of his own kids in tow and an “I grok Spock” sticker displayed somewhere prominently on his car. He’ll send all of the kids, yours and his, into another room and quietly talk about how his opponent “allegedly” supports the “liberal homosexual agenda” and he absolutely will not talk about the Iraq war. He’ll remind you that the local terrorists vaguely have cells a few miles away and the only thing keeping them from attacking your family on your home turf is his Republican candidate.

If you even loosely agree with him within a day you’ll get mailings and e-mails custom designed to address only the issues you find important based on the notes he writes down the moment he leaves your door. Of course you will be too polite to say no to an offer of a few bumper stickers and a well-placed yard sign.

They’ll find out where you shop and include appropriate coupons for your wife with their mailings.

If you and your spouse work late, expect a call early in the morning to remind you to vote, even offering you that ride if you’re too tired to drive.

The polls may be mostly with the Democrats this election, but the Republican Vault may give them an edge that their opponents hadn’t planned on.

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  • 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%

    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.

  • Update:

    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?

    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.

  • 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…

  • 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?

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

  • 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.

  • In that case someone should suggest Sarah Palin to him!

  • 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.

  • Update:

    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%

  • Glenn Contrarian


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  • 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

  • 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.”

  • Doc if my pipeline article is any indication I agree.

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

  • @ #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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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?

  • “He said he was gagging while he was editing it” very reassuring Glenn…

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Jet –

    No need to worry about Clavos’ editing. I remember an article that I wrote that was particularly aggressive in its attacks on conservatives. Problem was, I wrote it at about 2 in the morning, and when I got up out of bed and reread it, I saw quite a few really bad grammar and spelling mistakes, and my wording left much to be desired…but I had already submitted the article.

    But when the article was published, it was a much better, much more effective article thanks to Clavos’ editing. He said he was gagging while he was editing it, but that’s how he earned my respect.

  • Heh heh… just kidding around there Clavos, ol’ buddie ol’ friend [cringe] {:^)

  • Oh god I’m too late!!! Clavos is editing it… should I shudder in fear or be glad?

  • Thanks Doc, if it hasn’t been published yet I’ll use it.

  • Currently U.S. midwest gas prices are nearly a dollar a gallon LESS than on either coast.

    I can vouch for that. Was in New Orleans last weekend and the average price per gallon seemed to be about $3.52.

    Here in San Diego, the cheapest is holding steady at $4.29.

  • Jet, I think I see what your problem is – at least, it’s one of two things.

    Either you have been trying to type with your knee all along, or one of your surgeons is a comedian and transplanted some of your fingers to your knee while you were under.

  • My bad knee gave way again yesterday… sprained or worse left index finger along with numb right pinky… typing it was fun

  • IT’s still in pending-I included a lot of confirmation links, and GOP Statements were quoted and then proven to be lies with other links.

    I hope it gets the word out. I did a TON of reasearch, which is why it took so long…

    Thanks again Glenn for the suggestion…

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Jet –

    Every once in a while I read something that is so unexpected that it begs for further reading – and you comment above really got my attention. I’ve seen at least one news article touching on it since then, but not to the extent that you covered just in your comment above. I really appreciate you pointing it out.

  • #36 Glenn-the article you requested is in pending as we speak… Thanks again

  • Just wait till I write the article! I’ve learned a lot more!

  • Igor

    Good comment, Jet.

  • After a little more research, I just might do that Glenn… and thanks

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Jet –

    You really should make that whole comment a new article with references. I’d appreciate it if you did.

  • According to Canadian studies gas prices in the U.S. midwest and western Canada would go UP not down!

    Why? Based on findings official testimony before Canada’s National Energy Board, existing markets for Canadian heavy crude, particularly the US Midwest, are currently oversupplied because that gasoline is currently refined IN CANADA. If the pipeline goes through, the oil is shipped to the Texas Gulf, THEN shipped to the midwest farmers and rust belt that uses it.

    Currently U.S. midwest gas prices are nearly a dollar a gallon LESS than on either coast.

    Now while it’s claimed that access to the US Gulf Coast via the Keystone XL Pipeline is expected to strengthen Canadian crude oil pricing after it leaves the southern refineries. Leaving crude after it’s shipped at world oil prices.

    One thing Big Oil argues is that everyone pays the same price for crude worldwide, but somehow neglects to tell anyone about the increase resulting in billions of profits AFTER it’s refined, and then their speculators buy it up, lowering supply and raising prices.

    As a result of those increases in the price of heavy crude in the Midwest and sales of higher-margin refined products shipped out from Gulf Coast refineries to other markets, Canadian oil producers could be expected to reap $2 billion to $3.9 billion more each year, the analysis says.

    “Shippers on the Keystone XL Pipeline have contracted for access to the [US Gulf Coast] market for their oil sands production and refining needs,” the Purvin & Gertz study concludes. “Not only will this directly benefit these shippers, it will also provide a benefit to all [Western Canadian] heavy crude producers by increasing the price they receive for their crude, as well as providing significant pipeline capacity to an alternative market” on the US Gulf coast.

    Why Canadian crude oil producers would choose Keystone XL when other pipelines to the US are running well below capacity has much to do with diversifying away from the US market to more lucrative markets in Europe, China, and other Asian countries.
    Over the past five years, exports from the US Gulf Coast have soared as refiners sitting in tax-free zones near Port Arthur, Texas, have shifted production AWAy from gasoline and toward higher-margin diesel.

    In testimony before Canada’s National Energy Board, seven Canadian companies were willing to pay higher pipeline tariff costs for using the Keystone XL pipeline, the testimony showed, in order to bypass Midwest refineries by sending 500,000 barrels per day, the lion’s share of the pipeline’s capacity, to Gulf refineries.

    In addition to winning higher prices for Canadian oil in the Gulf, the pipeline would boost revenues by shuttling existing oil supplies out of the Midwest boosting prices, the Canadian study and testimony also show.

    “So seven shippers or seven producers are, in your view, pursuing this strategy in order to increase the Midwest oil market] and Ontario prices. Do I have it right?” D. Davies, a Canadian energy board examiner asked Thomas Wise, the Purvin & Gertz expert who authored the economic analysis for TransCanada.

    “If a minority of the barrels were sold at the Gulf Coast at a Gulf Coast price, that would have the effect of raising the price not only in the Midwest and Ontario but in Western Canada,” Mr. Wise responded.

    In hearings last May and December, TransCanada officials admitted to US legislators that the pipeline will indeed increase the price paid for Canadian oil in the Midwest .

  • So they’d rather it was their idea than Obama trading it for deficits… Big Oil’s profits are more important than the deficit?

    I wonder if the teabaggers know that?

  • Igor

    XL oil was always and forever destined for China. That’s why the end of the pipeline was to be in Gulfport.

  • On a seedier note, the GOP senate failed to sidestep Obama and pass a bill to get the oil pipeline going again.

    They claim that Obama would rather have the oil sold to China… because that’s where Canada will send it if the pipeline isn’t built.


    Where the hell do you think Texas Oil inc. was going to send it? Proof? An attachment to the bill was defeated by the GOP that would’ve mandated that the pipeline could only be built if the crude it carried was sold

  • I think that’s more on the local level, though I’m sure the robocalls are being placed through the national organization.

    Probably some company in India, like I said in the article

  • Colin Mockery

    So that’s how they’re getting my phone number and calling me constantly at all hours of the day and night?

  • Damn, I really wanted Santorum to win Ohio.

  • Texas

    Yes, I agree with Nancy. Nobody should “force” anyone to vote for someone. Voters should always remember to keep an open mind and not be easily swayed.

  • YrGOP
  • True Nancy, but these people can’t get around very well and a ride out anywhere is a break in an otherwise dreary day.

    I know old people that’d pay a neighborhood kid a dollar just to sweep their porch so they’d have someone to talk to.

    On top of that, it’s a free ride to the grocery store or pharmaciat.

    I’m assuming of course that you’re referring to comment 4?


  • Nancy

    Nobody should be allowed to bus people somewhere & while holding them ‘captive’ as it were, push them to vote one way or the other. Hate to say it, but anybody that feckless that they can’t get themselves either to the polls or get hold of an absentee ballot on their own initiative is too stupid or senile to vote. Which is exactly what those providing the buses et al are counting on.

  • JustOneMan

    According to several news sources, the Bush Administration is going to cure cancer, offer proof that aliens exist and annouce that Bush just found out that he is really Jewish before our midterm elections next tuesday.

    From The Left…JustOneMan

  • Providing preprinted ballots to single minded simple minded people and giving them bus rides to the polls is as offensive to me as the old style “stuffing the ballot box”

    Offering people rides to the grocery store or drug store in return for voting on the eway there is wrong.

    Making people believe that their membership in a church depends on which way they vote, or that god only loves republicans is offensive to me.

    …but of course that’s only my opinion!


  • Baronius

    The idea of not bussing people to the polls is far more offensive to me. And Nancy, do you work in a union shop?

  • I don’t know, he thinks he’s still a hero for merely capturing Saddam… he’s not counting on the short memory of American voters

  • Nancy

    Jesus Kee-rist. Talk about desperation. Hopefully, they’ll exercise their new spirit of independence they’ve been demonstrating in the past few days & tell Dubya to blow it out his arsehole.

  • According to several news sources, the Bush Administration is pressuring Iraq to bring in a verdict on Saddam’s trial just before our midterm elections next tuesday.


  • Bill Lenner 16, I learn more from the comments I encourage sometimes than I do from writing and researching the article itself.

    I’ve been ranting about thos bus loads of preprogrammed voters for years, I’m just glad someone finally included them in a news article to vindicate me.

    As for the Voter Vault. When I learn of something interesting, I like to pass it along.
    I’m glad you enjoyed the article.


  • Jayson 13: The last time I tried to send a Parisienne a note in French, I went on line and used a translator. It came out all garbled so I won’t try.

    Are you voting absentee?

    excuse my french
    Geais 13: L’ultime le temps MOI tried à émettre une Parisienne une la remarque en français , Je suis allé one ligne et utilisée une traductrice. Le êtes venu éteint toutes trompeur tellement MOI won’t tâcher. Êtes vous vote absente?
    apologises mon Français

  • Nancy#12-It’s a consequence of the information age, and completely legal,though I’m uncomfortable with the GOP having farmed the whole thing out to another country-Any country-other than ours having that much information about all of us is dangerous.

    As for the GOP having it, the Dems are working on the same system, they’re just slower at it and they’re trying to play catch up.

    As I’ve said all info is legal to gather, it’s just scattered to the wind, in individual pieces it’s not all that worrysome, but assembled…



  • Bill Lenner

    Great article JiC.

    I’d heard of the VV for months. Interesting note about the people bused into the polls.

    I like how you fleshed it out though.

  • Clavos

    Jayson # 13:

    I should think it would be the Parisophobes, not the Parisophiles who would laugh at you…

  • Nancy

    Stuck in Paris most of the year … well, it’s a dirty job, but I suppose someone’s got to sacrifice themselves to do it, hey? Spare a thought for us poor slobs stateside, while you’re suffering there on the Champs, OK?

  • Jet, unfortunately (don’t laugh you parisophiles out there) I’m in Paris most of the year and can’t get the HBO stuff. I’ll look forward to hearing about that here and elswhere through its mediation.

  • Nancy

    All of this information gathering by ANYBODY for ANY REASON ought to be illegal and totally outlawed. None of these organizations should have the least shred of right either to any information about me, or to compiling any information about me, regardless of their motives or what they want to do with it, and they sure as hell shouldn’t be allowed to sell, trade, rent, or otherwise spread it around or “share” it, even if the sources of this information are in the public domain! All information about an individual should belong solely and wholly to that individual, and NO ONE should be able to access or compile that information without specific permission from the individual.

    Fortunately for me, I did take several classes about this sort of thing a long time ago. There ARE ways to minimize what’s available & who gets it, altho it’s impossible to totally protect yourself against these vultures. But it’s been useful in guarding myself against those who seek to market all kinds of shit to me, or gull me into supporting them, contributing to their cause, etc.

    God help the sorry bastard that comes knocking on my door & just happens to like the same things I do, etc. because I’m probably one of the few who’s well aware of what he’s up to, where he got the information, & why he’s trying to use it on me. He won’t do it again, nor will his organization, I can promise him that.

    As far as accumulation of info by the parties, I have to admit JOM is absolutely right in his assessment of the respective capabilities of GOP vs Dem info rolls. It gave me a wry laugh. It also confirmed for me that it will be a cold day in Hell before I vote for a party that keeps 1984 Orwellian tabs on me, for any reason. Another confirmation that the GOP is the party of no principles & utter evil.

  • Glad you enjoyed it Jayson. Don’t forget HBO tonight at 9PM.


  • Thanks for this, Jet. This is more evidence of politics as branding. Stealth marketing today goes so far as to plant fake but blissful users of new products in pseudo-public places (like Starbucks)so that when someone sits down beside them they say, “Hey man, I just got this cell phone and it’s the best thing I’ve ever bought. Check out this function…” This is the pseudo-event that PR/Marketing Guru BErnays originated and that Boorstin wrote about, is perfected in government-military staged PR events, and has saturated political life, too. But the surveillance part of what you’re talking about also points to a)money, resources to gather info on people with the goal of managing/controlling them, and b)is more evidence of how politics and media have developed a relationship much closer to military strategies and goals than to open democratic argument in a free society. WElcome to Politics as The TRuman Show.

  • JustOneMan

    Ohhh Noooo! Bad new for us Democrats! Our efforts to beat the republicans has started to unravel in Missouri! Hope it doesent spread..we may have to use the “voting machine” excuse when we fail to take the house and senate.

    Four people have been indicted on charges of voter fraud in Kansas City, officials said Wednesday.

    Investigators said about 35,000 questionable registration forms for new voters were collected by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, a group that works to improve minority and low-income communities.

    The four indicted — Kwaim A. Stenson, Dale D. Franklin, Stephanie L. Davis and Brian Gardner — were employed by ACORN as registration recruiters.

    The U.S. Attorney’s office says a federal grand jury handed up indictments this afternoon against four people who, the indictments claim, worked for the community group ACORN to register voters.

    The four face two felony counts each: of providing false information to the KC Election board, and of filing a false voter application with the board.

    Each carries a 5 year/$250,000 fine penalty.

    ACORN says it’s happy the indictments were handed up — they say they provided the names of three of the four indicted individuals, who, they say, no longer work for ACORN.

    Said U.S. attorney Bradley Schlozman, in a statement: “Those who commit fraud in the electoral process dilute the votes of their fellow citizens.”

    From the Left…JustOneMan

  • At least I’m honest about it, right? I’ve never presented my opinions as facts, because I’ve never professed to know everything.

    I stopped watching CBS last week after not being able to take her whiney voice anymore.

    I depend on NBC and CNN now.

  • Baronius

    “I figured lots of other people had never heard of it either, so I wrote it up as a news/topic of interest story but couldn’t keep my personal views out, so I changed it to an opinion piece.”

    Jet, that’s great to hear. If only CBS did that!

  • Dave, the point? There is no point, I admit that.

    This all came about because I was watching a report about early elections in Florida when the reporter said one polling station was down for because of a power failure causing dozens of elderly people to wait for hours.

    Then they explained why; they were bussed in by Republican groups to vote, and my imfamous bus loads of preprogrammed voters came to mind.

    The point is this…

    The republicans are well organized and smart. If the democrats ton’t get their act together and stop being so complacent, they’re going to lose because in a close ract, all those bus loads and all those absentee ballots are what make up the difference between the exit poles and the actual voting. In this election the GOP are points ahead of the Dems days before the actual voting and they don’t even know it.

    I’d never heard of the voter vault until I wrote and researched this article.

    I figured lots of other people had never heard of it either, so I wrote it up as a news/topic of interest story but couldn’t keep my personal views out, so I changed it to an opinion piece.


  • JustOneMan


    Dont worry we Dems have these guys beat ! We have a list of every person who has died in the US for the past 20 years! Gee these are also people who otherwise couldn’t go to the polls.

    Best of all we dont have to spend any of our dirty soft money because these voters dont have to be tempted at all.

    Jet I hate to tell you this but as you make this sound so sinister and unethical…but its how we we Dems have been winning elections for years you know…remember all those times we spent on election day picking up winos and street people and taking them to vote for Al Gore and then for John Kerry…hmmm maybe they didnt vote the way we told them to vote…

    Your right if these Republicans do the same thing we are… we are going to lose again!

    From The Left…JustOneMan

    PS Do you plan on writing and more TV reviews on furry little critters? As I stated your work is much better than this politcal stuff. In addition I heard Animal Planet is doing a special on Gerbils!

  • Jet, a lot of these things are techniques which the Democrats pioneered, some of them going back into the 1800s. It’s interesting that the GOP has managed to take those old ideas, institutionalize them, make them more efficient, and put them into a high-tech database, thus getting ahead of the Demos who pioneered these methods. But um, what was your point?