Posted by: Ann Corcoran | April 23, 2012

Beware of on-line petitions!

Why?  Because it’s hard to know how your e-mail address will be used.

A couple of years ago I signed a petition about Muslim immigration.  The fellow sending it around was legit (and dismayed when he heard what happened with his petition).  But, I noticed after signing it that some other petitions at the website were really very Leftwing petitions.  I didn’t think any more of it until a few days later I got an e-mail from the union SEIU, thanking me for signing up.  Action alerts soon followed.

What the heck?

Then imagine my even greater shock when I was told in a subsequent e-mail that my name and contact information was sent to Capitol Hill in SUPPORT of card check!

You see, these people are Alinskyites and the ends justify the means to them—they don’t care if they cheat when they think it’s for a good cause (their cause!).  They just want to say that their e-mail list includes millions of names (it doesn’t matter if you are a believer or not, they will make sure others think you are)!

Fast forward to 2012.

How many of you have heard about how the Obama campaign is going to build a massive e-mail list leading up to November?  I heard someone (who?) bragging about it on Fox this past weekend.

Guess how they will do it—-by kindly providing petition services for any of you with a passion for anything (like how about saving the Peruvian dolphins)!  And, then they will have your information in their data base.   Here is what MoveOn.org is sending around today:

Dear MoveOn member,

Have you ever heard the story of how MoveOn started? In 1998, when Newt Gingrich and the Republicans in Congress were focusing all of their efforts on impeaching President Clinton over a sex scandal, we started a simple online petition: “Censure President Clinton and Move On to Pressing Issues Facing the Nation.”

We had no past political experience, but we felt passionately about our message and shared the petition with as many of our friends as we could think of. Within days, the petition went viral, and we had hundreds of thousands of signatures. And from the list of people who signed that original petition grew MoveOn.org—an organization of 7.5 million members and a powerful progressive force in American politics.

Because we’ve seen firsthand how regular people can make a difference, we’re thrilled that MoveOn has launched a new website called SignOn.org where anyone can start their own online petitions. MoveOn will even email out the most popular petitions to help build support for your cause—and as always we’ll never ever sell your personal information to anyone.

So forget the online petitions, they rarely have any impact, but some cheating/lying sack will have your name and e-mail address.

And never ever forget—-these people aren’t like us.


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