Obama, What's With the Spam?

12/01/2008 04:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Okay, Senator Obama, I get it. You need money. The GOP and McCain campaign have a lot of cash. This is the most important election of our lifetimes. It's crunchtime, and every last dollar counts. Blah blah blah.

But seriously, Senator, what is with the spam?

My liberal and independent friends (i.e. your supporters) have been complaining to me about the ridiculous emails you're sending. You're supposed to be the candidate who understands the Internet. You've raised more money online than any candidate in history. You have a technology plan with some pretty innovative ideas.

So I'd think you'd realize that people hate getting spammed with useless messages. Yet your campaign is sending cheesy, quasi-personal emails ghostwritten on behalf of your wife, your running mate, your spokesman, your national phone bank coordinator, even your chief financial officer. Last week, you sent four email blasts in a 24-hour period about the midnight Thursday (Oct. 23) deadline -- the time when you would "make the last, tough choices about where we can fight -- and how hard."

And then, lo and behold, you continued to send daily emails asking for more money. As one frustrated donor friend half-joked in an email, "Stop harassing me, dammit!! I voted for change, not for Greenpeace!"

With an election next week, I understand your urgency, but hasn't the little campaign finance boy cried wolf enough already? You had the cash on hand to buy thirty minutes of airtime on seven broadcast and cable networks, along with last-minute ad time in Republican strongholds of Arizona, Georgia, and North Dakota.

Senator, please, it is time to stop begging. You're a proponent of campaign finance reform, right? Here's a good first step: stop the spam. At this point, if your supporters want to kick in one last dime, they'll do it -- as long as you don't annoy the hell out of them first.