ProPublica

Journalism in the Public Interest

Cancel

Message Machine

Reverse-Engineering the 2012 Campaign

Emails Sent on Oct. 2, 2012

Obama for America
10:01 p.m. ET
A video we can't stop watching



People in our office can't stop watching this video.

You have to see it for yourself -- you will not regret it:

[url]

Please pass it along.

Obama for America

--------------------------------------------------------------------- Paid for by Obama for America

Description: Obama - Biden

People in our office can't stop watching this video.

You have to see it for yourself -- you will not regret it: Description: Video

[url]

Please pass it along.

Obama for America

Description: Paid for by Obama for America

11:09 p.m. ET
Pretty darn good reasons



You know why I'm so excited to vote for President Obama one more time?

Because he cares about the things I care about: Fairness. Equal rights. Doing the right thing.

Because he's looking out for the average guy and gal, and I just love that.

And because five months ago, my wife, Lara, got to tell me that the President of the United States made history by standing up for our relationship and our family.

I think those are pretty darn good reasons to call yourself a woman for Obama -- but if you're looking for more, you should watch this video right now.

Over the last three and a half years, we've seen what can happen when we have someone in the White House who is fighting for us. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is history -- nobody has to hide who they love to serve this country. If my partner is in the hospital, I have visitation rights. And millions of Americans can make health care decisions based on what's best for us -- not politicians or our insurance companies.

We didn't have that security before President Obama took the oath of office. And I don't know about you, but I want to keep moving forward.

So watch that video -- or if you watched it the first time I asked, watch it again:

[url]

Then get out there and let your friends and family know why you're voting for President Obama, and why they should, too.

Jane

----- More than 3 million people like you power this campaign. If you can, please donate today.

Contributions or gifts to Obama for America are not tax deductible

11:25 p.m. ET
Making our voices heard



Here's something I can't imagine:

Having to tell my daughter that she may not have the same opportunities as her brother because this country elected Mitt Romney as president.

But that's what's on the line in this election. It seems ridiculous to me that we're even having this discussion in 2012, but here we are: We risk progress on equal pay for equal work. We're looking at cutbacks in childcare programs and Head Start programs. We'll lose access to affordable health care and additional funding for higher education.

If we don't step up and make our voices heard, we'll pay the price after Election Day.

Women can have an enormous impact. Take a look at this video to see what I'm talking about -- then pass it along to your friends:

[url]

I really am so proud of President Obama. I believe that he has made important changes and he's moving the country in the right direction, but he needs more time -- he needs four more years.

We can help him win this November, but we have to vote. We have to show up, and we have to bring our friends, our moms, our sisters, and our kids to the polls with us. With only 36 days left, we're running out of time.

That's why I'm doing whatever I can to help spread the word. The future for me and my kids deserves nothing less.

See more about how your voice can make a difference, then share this video with your friends and family:

[url]

Julianne

----- More than 3 million people like you power this campaign. If you can, please donate today:

[url]

--------------------------------------------------------------------- Paid for by Obama for America

Contributions or gifts to Obama for America are not tax deductible

8:36 a.m. ET
I suppose you can't plan everything



Tomorrow my daughter Michelle will celebrate 20 years of marriage to Barack.

I am just so proud of them.

I know how much they appreciate the support you've given them through the years, so I'm hoping you'll join me in wishing them a happy anniversary.

Will you add your name to an anniversary card for Barack and Michelle?

[url]

Almost every year on October 3rd, I watch the girls while Michelle and Barack go out to celebrate.

This time, it's a little different -- they'll be together, but it will be at the first presidential debate, and the girls and I will be watching from home.

Thanks for all you do for Michelle and Barack.

Let's wish them a happy anniversary:

[url]

Marian

----- More than 3 million people like you power this campaign. If you can, please donate today:

[url]

--------------------------------------------------------------------- Paid for by Obama for America

Contributions or gifts to Obama for America are not tax deductible



My friends Barack and Michelle Obama will have been married 20 years exactly this Wednesday.

That's also the day that Barack will face off with Mitt Romney for the very first presidential debate of this election.

I suppose you can't plan everything -- even when you're president of the United States.

But there's something we can all do to help send them off into the last month of this election feeling good.

Add your name and well-wishes to a 20th anniversary card for Barack and Michelle:

[url]

This race will be close until the very end, and Wednesday will be an important day for the campaign.

But let's take a moment to show Barack and Michelle that we wish them well in life, not just in politics.

Add your name to the card today:

[url]

Then, let's dig in and get ready for the next 35 days.

David

----- More than 3 million people like you power this campaign. If you can, please donate today:

[url]

--------------------------------------------------------------------- Paid for by Obama for America

Contributions or gifts to Obama for America are not tax deductible



Tomorrow, my daughter Michelle will celebrate 20 years of marriage to Barack.

If you're lucky enough to see your children find love, happiness, and have children of their own, you'll know there's really nothing better.

I am so proud of them -- and I hope you are, too.

Will you add your name to an anniversary card for Barack and Michelle?

Almost every year on October 3rd, I watch the girls while Michelle and Barack go out to celebrate.

This time, it's a little different -- they'll be together, but it will be at the first presidential debate, and the girls and I will be watching from home.

It's a big night, but I know Barack will do just fine knowing that Michelle and his girls -- and all of you -- are pulling for him.

Thanks for all you do to support Barack and Michelle.

If you'd like, join me in wishing them a happy anniversary:

[url]

Marian

----- More than 3 million people like you power this campaign. If you can, please donate today.

Paid for by Obama for America

Contributions or gifts to Obama for America are not tax deductible

7:24 p.m. ET
Make calls into battleground states



Exactly five weeks to go till Election Day. I can't believe it.

Tomorrow is the first presidential debate, and from there it's a dead sprint to November 6th. Across the country, supporters are getting involved, making calls to voters in critical battleground states.

There's a group of folks from New York getting together to call into battleground states to talk with voters about this election, and make sure we finish the campaign strong. We need your help to get people ready to vote in Pennsylvania -- can you make it?

[url]

Here are the details:

What: Phone bank in Brooklyn

Where: Brooklyn, NY 11215

When: Thursday, October 4th Shifts start at 7:00 pm

RSVP here:

[url]

Or find other phone banks near you:

[url]

The finish line's in sight -- better start sprinting.

Gillian

Gillian Bergeron GOTV Deputy Director Obama for America

P.S. -- Looking for a place to watch the debate with fellow supporters? Find a watch party near you:

[url]

--------------------------------------------------------------------- Paid for by Obama for America



Exactly five weeks to go till Election Day. I can't believe it.

Tomorrow is the first presidential debate, and from there it's a dead sprint to November 6th. Across the country, supporters are getting involved, making calls to voters in critical battleground states.

There's a group of folks from New York getting together to call into battleground states to talk with voters about this election, and make sure we finish the campaign strong. We need your help to get people ready to vote in Pennsylvania -- can you make it?

[url]

Here are the details:

What: Phone bank in New York

Where: 32 Morton St. Apt. 3A/buzzer 8 New York, NY 10014

When: Thursday, October 4th Shifts start at 6:00 pm

RSVP here:

[url]

Or find other phone banks near you:

[url]

The finish line's in sight -- better start sprinting.

Gillian

Gillian Bergeron GOTV Deputy Director Obama for America

P.S. -- Looking for a place to watch the debate with fellow supporters? Find a watch party near you:

[url]

--------------------------------------------------------------------- Paid for by Obama for America

7:47 p.m. ET
The choice we face



Never in my lifetime has my vote -- and your vote -- been more powerful than it is this year.

You and I have the choice between President Obama, who signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act as his very first bill, and Mitt Romney, who can't even say whether he would have signed it into law.

We have the choice between President Obama, who believes women should be able to make our own decisions about our health care, and Mitt Romney, whose party platform -- which was written at the direction of his campaign -- includes a plank supporting a constitutional amendment to ban abortion, even in cases of rape or incest. He would turn women's health decisions over to our bosses, and let them deny employees access to contraception.

And we have the choice between someone who is working to make sure women can afford health care for ourselves and our families and someone who has promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Day One.

Any one of these basic facts would be reason enough to vote -- and there are dozens more.

The truth is that Mitt Romney is the candidate representing the backlash against all the social justice and environmental gains that we've made. The question is only this: Will the majority vote? Or will too many fall for the propaganda that our voices don't matter?

Take a look at this video to hear from a few of the women who are standing with President Obama this November -- then share it with your friends and family.

You and I hold the key to this election.

Whether we want to control our own bodies, or we want equal respect and pay for equal work, one thing has always been true: Change isn't about party labels, and it doesn't happen from the top down. Like a tree, real and lasting change grows from the ground up.

So watch this video, then pass it on. It's up to us to vote for our own dignity, our own rights, and our own future:

[url]

We are half this country. Every issue in this election is a women's issue. Our country and our future depend on you and me.

Gloria

----- More than 3 million people like you power this campaign. If you can, please donate today.

Contributions or gifts to Obama for America are not tax deductible

Romney for President
5:18 a.m. ET
A good meal with a good man

Romney-Ryan down at the kitchen table has always been a great way to connect with my dad. Don't we all enjoy good food and good conversation with the people we look up to?

This contest is a great way for three lucky winners to sit down for a meal with someone else I admire -- Dad's running mate.

Donate $X now to be automatically entered for a chance to grab a bite with Paul Ryan.

Your support for America's Comeback Team is more important than ever. We're in the final stretch of this race and every entry in this contest gets us closer to winning.

Whoever is lucky enough to sit down for a meal with Paul will discover he's more than just a great future vice president -- he's also a great guy.

We've already selected one winner -- enter now for a chance to be one of the final two.

Thanks and good luck!

Josh Romney

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN A PRIZE. No contribution or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win this Promotion. Making a contribution does not increase your chances of winning. To enter by making a contribution, click here. To enter without making a contribution, click here. Void where prohibited. The Promotion begins on Monday, September 24, 2012 at 12:00pm Eastern Daylight Time and ends on Friday, October 5, 2012 at 11:59pm Eastern Daylight Time "Entry Period" . Winners will be selected at two points in the Promotion. Entries must be received by September 28, 2012 and October 5, 2012 to be eligible for each successive drawing. Three 3 winners will receive the following Prize: two 2 round-trip coach class plane tickets within the continental United States, for use by the winner and a guest, on a date and to a Destination to be determined by Sponsor, with an approximate retail value of $X; two 2 one-night hotel stays at the Destination, with an approximate retail value of $X; ground transportation at the discretion of Sponsor, with an approximate retail value of $X; and one 1 meal for winner and guest at the Destination, with an approximate retail value of $X. Approximate total retail value is $X. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. The Promotion is open to citizens and permanent residents green card holders of the United States who are legal residents of one of the fifty states, Puerto Rico, or the District of Columbia and are at least 18 years of age or the age of majority as determined by state law. Details and qualifications for participation in this Promotion may apply. Restrictions are listed in the Official Rules. The Sponsor is Romney Victory, Inc., P.O. Box 149757, Boston, MA 02114.

Victory_Disclaimer

4:36 p.m. ET
Fast and Furious

Romney-Ryan Friend,

It's time for Attorney General Holder to step aside.

He's misled Congress, and entirely botched the investigation of the Operation Fast and Furious debacle yet he still leads our nation's Justice Department.

It's just another example of the Obama Administration's transparent hypocrisy that despite the tragic and very human toll of this scandal, Attorney General Holder refuses to resign and President Obama refuses to remove him.

It's up to the American people to replace both of them on November 6. Let's call it "The Clear Choice."

Donate now to vote Barack Obama and Attorney General Holder out of office on Election Day so that Mitt Romney and I can restore justice to the Justice Department.

Thank you,

Paul Ryan

Paid for by Romney for President, Inc. www.MittRomney.com

7:29 p.m. ET
$4,000 in Middle-Class Tax Increases



The Cost Of Obama's Debt: $X in Middle-Class Tax Increases

To view online, click here: [url] [url]

Pierce Scranton

A new, nonpartisan [url] study has just examined what would be required from taxpayers just to continue making interest payments on the increased debt President Obama is responsible for and has proposed. The study concluded that the debt President Obama is responsible for and has proposed amounts to a $X tax increase each year for a middle class family. Here's how it breaks down. The cost of servicing the debt that has already accumulated under President Obama would require $X in additional taxes from a middle-class family each year. The cost of the debt he's proposed to add over the next decade would require an additional $X in taxes each year.

This study isn't just piling the burden onto the middle class either. High-income households would pay almost 25 times that amount each year. But the pain would also have to be spread to lower-income households. A family making between $X and $X would see their taxes increase by $X each year. A family making between $X and $X would see their taxes increase by more than $X each year. This tax increase far exceeds the amount the President claims to have provided in temporary tax relief, and keep in mind that this projection uses the President's own budget, so it already assumes that all of the President's job-destroying tax increases have become law.

Despite promising to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term, President Obama has presided over four consecutive years of trillion-dollar deficits. At the end of September, President Obama had added more than $X.4 trillion to the debt. You can see for yourself right [url] here . If that weren't enough, the President's [url] own budget proposes adding another $X.2 trillion over the next decade. Unless the President plans for the country to default on its debt, that's borrowed money that we have to pay back. Based on the current population, our nation's $X trillion debt adds up to more than $X in taxes for every man, woman and child in the country.

How does the President propose to deal with our fiscal crisis? That's a good question. The short answer is that he doesn't have a plan. He pretends that he's only responsible for 10 percent of the increase a claim that has already been discredited [url] here , and [url] here . His budget was rejected unanimously by Congress—414-0 in the House and 99-0 in the Senate. That's a case study in failed leadership, not a plan for tackling one of the most pressing issues facing the country. Not a single Democrat in Congress supported his budget. And for good reason.

Under the President's budget, the national debt would increase to $X trillion at the end of a second Obama Administration, or 106% of GDP. To put that number into perspective, [url] Spain's debt-to-GDP ratio will hit 90.5% by the end of 2013. Under the President's budget, spending actually gets larger as a share of the economy at the end of ten years going from 22.3% of GDP in 2016 to 22.6% of GDP in 2022. At the same time, the President's stated policy is to do nothing to address the solvency of entitlement programs like Social Security that will only make matters worse.

It's time for a new plan and Governor Romney has one that will get spending under control and gets our budget back to balance within ten years.

Pierce Scranton is the Economic Policy Director for Romney for President, Inc.

Paid for by Romney for President, Inc.

[url] www.MittRomney.com

----------------------------------------

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
7:22 a.m. ET
zingers

--

The first Presidential debate is tomorrow night!

It's a big moment, and you can be sure Mitt's going to try to throw a few "zingers" at President Obama.

Well, we have a message of our own for the President: Go Get 'Em Barack!

Add your name here to let Barack know that you're rooting for him tomorrow night

We're trying to reach 100,000 strong standing behind President Obama before he walks on the stage tomorrow night. Will you take a few seconds to add your name?

[url]

Thanks!

Democrats 2012

Paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee | 430 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003 202 863-1500 | www.dccc.org | Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.

This message was sent to: [email] | We believe that emails are a crucial way for our campaign to stay in touch with supporters. Click hereif you'd like to unsubscribe from these messages. Change or update your email address by clicking here. Thanks for your support of Democrats!

11:13 a.m. ET
[name], look what you did!

--

Thanks to your support, we shattered our record for grassroots contributions! If we can keep up the pace, we can put an end to Speaker's Boehner's Tea Party majority.

Help us keep up the momentum!

-- Make a donation to help us fight Republicans and their Super PACs

-- Sign up to volunteer – early voting has already started in many states

-- Help us spread the word by joining us on Facebook or Twitter

-- Read our 2012 State of Play Memo to get the latest on our campaign to defeat Tea Party Republicans

Thanks for everything -- 5 weeks until election day!

Nancy

Paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee | 430 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003 202 863-1500 | www.dccc.org | Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.

This message was sent to: [email] | We believe that emails are a crucial way for our campaign to stay in touch with supporters. Click hereif you'd like to unsubscribe from these messages. Change or update your email address by clicking here. Thanks for your support of Democrats!

--



Alan --

Your donation helped us shatter our record for grassroots contributions! If we can keep up the pace, we can put an end to Speaker's Boehner's Tea Party majority.



Help us keep up the momentum!

-- Make a donation to help us fight Republicans and their Super PACs

-- Sign up to volunteer -- early voting has already started in many states

-- Help us spread the word by joining us on Facebook or Twitter

-- Read our 2012 State of Play Memo to get the latest on our campaign to defeat Tea Party Republicans

Thanks for everything -- 5 weeks until election day!

Nancy

Paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee | 430 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003 202 863-1500 | www.dccc.org | Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.

This message was sent to: [email] | We believe that emails are a crucial way for our campaign to stay in touch with supporters. Click here if you'd like to unsubscribe from these messages. Change or update your email address by clicking here . Thanks for your support of Democrats!

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
10:23 a.m. ET
Tomorrow night

Tomorrow is a hugely important night. President Obama will take the stage and go head to head with Mitt Romney in the first Presidential debate.

Let him know you have his back and wish him good luck here [url]

So much is at stake going into tomorrow's debate. Polls show President Obama has a slight lead, but these final 35 days are a lifetime in politics.

So let him know you'll be watching and rooting for him at [url] where you can even leave him a quick note too.

Thanks for standing with us, Patty Murray

Paid for by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, dscc.org, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. This message was sent to [email]. To unsubscribe from the DSCC's email list, please click here. You can also send a reply to this message with "unsubscribe" in the subject line.

4:17 p.m. ET
Politico breaking news story



HUGE BREAKING NEWS: Politico just reported that today, Karl Rove's Crossroads group will launch “their biggest paid media push of 2012”—$X million into ten Presidential and Senate battlegrounds.

With 35 days to go, this is the Republicans' last stand. But the fact is, this is enough money to win them the White House and Senate if we can't respond. It is that significant.

Please rush $X immediately. Republicans are right now – today – trying to buy the White House and Senate. We absolutely can't keep pace unless you help us raise $X million by Friday.

This is being called “the deepest saturation from Crossroads yet.” Either we raise enough money to fend this off and win, or we don't and Republicans flip the tables for a comeback victory.

Give $X here to fend this off immediately [url]

Let's win. Guy Cecil

Paid for by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, dscc.org, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. This message was sent to [email]. To unsubscribe from the DSCC's email list, please click here. You can also send a reply to this message with "unsubscribe" in the subject line.