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The web election?

  • Sep. 29th, 2008 at 5:35 PM

The Internet has rarely been far from view during the campaign to date.  Both parties have invested in significant online resources and made huge efforts to attract users of social networks to their campaign sites.  It is even said that the Republicans have seen their online donations quadruple since Palin joined the ticket.  Experts believe that online donations to both candidates have influenced the shape of campaigns at a local level.

Question: Have you visited a campaign website, registered for e-mails of campaign literature or signed an online petition?  Have you made a campaign donation through the web?  If you have made an online donation did it make you feel closer to the candidate whom you supported?  If not, what else strengthens the connection between you and the candidates?

Alexander Artemyev


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galbinus_caeli wrote:
Sep. 29th, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
Is this community just going to be "calls for comments" sort of posts?
kamenikrest wrote:
Sep. 29th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
I hope not) But it's hard for non-English speaking to be a part of the discussion, you know)
galbinus_caeli wrote:
Sep. 29th, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC)
Well, I am not going to pitch a hissy fit if it is, but it isn't what I am looking for. I was expecting news feeds. I already subscribe to several journals that have well thought out political opinion pieces. I prefer to pick and choose the commentators I am reading.
kamenikrest wrote:
Sep. 29th, 2008 02:50 pm (UTC)
In fact that's a point of view I share.
But, working in a Russian news-media, I was always interested in what Americans are thinking, so I read all the comments you do for having much more relevant vision of the America's life. So, please, don't stop))
galbinus_caeli wrote:
Sep. 29th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
Very understandable. Do you read bradhicks, or jlassen, or flemco? All smart individuals who post pretty well thought out essays (at least occasionally).

I suspect that many, perhaps most, people, if they are going to post a considered, researched opinion, are likely to do so in their own journals, rather than as comments in someone else's. I know I do.
taty2_f wrote:
Sep. 29th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
what kind of reaction do you expect from others (not americans)?
galbinus_caeli wrote:
Sep. 29th, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)
I don't really have expectations, I am just looking for a clarification as to the purpose of this community. Is it going to be a standard live journal of the "Here is a short essay about stuff, respond if you feel like it" or a call and response sort of thing "Here is today's subject, what is everyone's opinion?"

vonilyn wrote:
Sep. 29th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
Just to offer up my pov on this comm...
I'm hoping to see more call-and-response news-bits and dialogue from this community, from Americans and from any interested 'on-lookers' as well. i like reading the discussions, both sides of the aisle, that are possible this way, as opposed to simply making private LJ responses.
I rant quite a bit about politics on my personal LJ, but that's not what i'm looking for in other communities. If i want to read a rant, i'll read my own rather than run the risk of 'picking a fight' at somebody else's LJ.
but a community like this, or at least like it seems like this is so far shaping up to be, seems to be a neutral-ground for contrasting opinions and viewpoints. Which is, imho, what the whole system is about anyway. =c)
bandgeek01 wrote:
Sep. 29th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
Question: Have you visited a campaign website, registered for e-mails of campaign literature or signed an online petition?
-Yes I have visted both websites for the presidential nominees. I have registered for emails for the candidate I support.

Have you made a campaign donation through the web?
No, but I plan on donating to the campaign I am supporting.

If you have made an online donation did it make you feel closer to the candidate whom you supported? If not, what else strengthens the connection between you and the candidates? The first part is not applicable yet, but I can hypothetically say, it might not make me feel closer to the candidate per se, but it will make me feel like I am doing the right thing in helping that campaign. The things that a candidate can do to make a closer connection between them and me is keep making speeches and outline what you intend to do. Don't backtrack and change your stance. Show that you understand the needs of the everyday person.

ubiquitous_a wrote:
Sep. 29th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
At age 39, this is the first time I've ever donated money to a political campaign. I've done all of my donations online, several small ones as I'm able to afford it, and have also signed up on the Obama website. I'm also throwing debate watching parties, and using the Obama website to list them. This last Friday, I had had 23 RSVP's, but over 40 people actually showed up to the debate party!

I think the Obama website has done an amazing job of organizing things on the community level. Between special events, voter registration drives, and regular canvassing, it's really made us more of a community in terms of our efforts.
tyskkvinna wrote:
Sep. 29th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
I've visited the website of both candidates. I read them both for quite a while - over an hour each - and I have in fact signed up for emails.

I have not donated any money because it is a personal preference of mine. I would prefer to donate money to a cause that encourages people to vote, rather than vote for a particular candidate.
mefan wrote:
Sep. 29th, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
Have you visited a campaign website, registered for e-mails of campaign literature or signed an online petition?

Yes, yes and no. I have visited both candidates' websites; however, I knew going in which candidate that I was supporting and neither candidate's website would have changed my vote. Yes I do receive campaign literature (both online and direct mail). No, I have never bothered to sign an online petition. I work in politics so I know what kind of impact online petitions have in the political word . . . absolutely zero. If you want to influence your congressman, senator, etc., then send them a direct mailing or (even better) a fax. Emails are also useless unless they are done in such quantities as to cause disruption to normal business and even then all you're accomplishing is pissing people off. Namely, said politican's secretary.

Have you made a campaign donation through the web?

No. B/c I do work in politics and give (and give regularly) I usually attend one or two fundraisers each campaign season and give in person. Otherwise, I send it to the campaign directly.
If you have made an online donation did it make you feel closer to the candidate whom you supported?
Not applicable.

If not, what else strengthens the connection between you and the candidates?

What issues we have in common, which of my interests are better represented by which candidates. Since I understand the nuances that are involved in election campaigning and b/c I more often than not personally know many of the individuals working for the various campaigns (I'm speaking in general and not specifically about the presidential campaign), I do not crave that "connection" w/the candidates. I don't want to to their "friend" or share a cup of tea w/them, I just want to be able to make an informed decision as to which one of them will better represent my interests. For example, I support Obama b/c I want him to be President and not b/c I want to have him around for dinner.

Edited at 2008-09-29 03:40 pm (UTC)
hazelwindows wrote:
Sep. 29th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
I visited Obama's website first. I did this because we received a request for contributions in the mail, and I didnt want to bother mailing since going online is so much easier. I donated to his campaign online.

A few weeks later, I visited McCain's website because I wanted to see whether it claims outlandish things as I heard it claims. Basically, in order to investigate. I was on there longer than I was on Obama's website, but not much longer since I saw exactly what I suspected I would see.

Donating online or by mail each equally make me feel like I am supporting the candidate I believe in though I would not describe it as making me feel "closer" to the candidates one way or another. The only difference between online and mail contributions for me was that I felt more assured that my online dollars reached his campaign quickly and easily.

What makes me feel closer to Obama is listening to him speak and I feel closer to the cause of the presidential race when I am out talking to friends about making sure to vote, or discussing the reasons I am voting for Obama with people I'm around.
newarmywife07 wrote:
Sep. 30th, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)
On Obama's website
I joined Obama's website to get updates, learn more about him and show support. I have not donated any money, only because I do not have any to give.
lorriet wrote:
Sep. 30th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
Yes to all of the questions, except I don't quite get what you mean by "closer to the candidate"...

There's no bond there, and I'm pretty sure no $$ amoutn would create that bond...though maybe if they sent me some money... :P
cnst wrote:
Oct. 1st, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
vote Ralph Nader!
Yes, I visit http://www.votenader.org every now and then.

It's upsetting that most media ignores Ralph, even when it comes to online media. But even with so little attention that is paid to their campaign, they are still already getting more than 6% average in the national polls. As you are a Russian reporter, you might be interested that one of their strengths is a saner foreign policy. For example, take a look at this video, which is very contrasting to what both Obama and McCain are saying in regards to the foreign policy: Nader on Russia/Georgia Conflict.
thelivingword wrote:
Oct. 2nd, 2008 03:26 am (UTC)
internet sites
I have visited web sites online and receive some e-mails. We enjoy watching Fox News which has the largest audience in the country - and around the world I understand. That is where I get most of my information on the candidates. We try to tune in to the other networks once in awhile, but they are so biased in favor of one candidate that we do not trust them for objective news. I msut say though, this has been one of the most interesting election years I have ever seen. The stakes are pretty high.
vasia_s_marsa wrote:
Nov. 3rd, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
Yes, I was one of the first who supported Obama campain. It was before his debates with Hillary. I noticed him and I bet on him. He caught be being a brilliant orator, a scholar, and a centrist politician. I am glad that I bet on a right candidate.

I voted earlier. I am buying champaign for tomorrow's victory party!
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