Last minute donation pleas – are they by chance related?

imageOn November 1st 2012 I received this email from Jim Messina, Campaign manager, Obama for America:

Paul —

In about 48 hours, we’re making our final budget decisions as a campaign.

We’ll look at what we have in the bank and match it up with what we think we need to do to win in these last few days.

If we can’t fully fund our operations at this stage, it could be the difference between winning and losing.

Every dollar that comes in is budgeted and put to use right away, down to the last penny.

According to our records associated with this exact email address, you haven’t given to this campaign yet. (Editor’s note: This was due to the fact that it is ILLEGAL for non-US residents to donate to US election campaigns).

Don’t let this election come and go without doing your part — donate $5 or more for the final push.

We learned last week that Mitt Romney and the Republicans have $45 million more to spend in the last leg of this campaign.

That’s up to $4 million more per day at their disposal than we have right now.

We are in a strong position with five days to go. But we cannot allow ourselves to be overwhelmed so close to the very end.

There is no putting it off. I need you to get on board before it’s too late. Please donate $5 or more today:



Then this week I received this email from Adam Stacura which is remarkably similar. Are they by chance related?

Hi Friend,

You’ve already done so much to help keep Scotland in the UK. Thank you.

At 10pm tonight I’ll be meeting with my campaign team to plan the final few days of the campaign. This is our last chance to make spending decisions.

At the moment I don’t have the money I need to get a No vote on Thursday.

A donation from you before 10pm tonight will be spent this week in Scotland.

The polls show that this campaign is neck and neck. The outcome could be decided by a few thousand votes.

If we vote to stay together Scotland will have a brighter future. But if we lose, Scotland is out of the United Kingdom forever. There’s no going back.

The campaign has been built on the time, effort and donations from thousands of people just like you.

Donate before 10pm tonight so we can get the result Scotland and the UK deserves.

Thank you,

Adam Stachura

My photo above shows the “Squinty Bridge” across the Clyde


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