Now for Rent: Email Addresses and Phone Numbers for Millions of Trump Supporters (New York Times link): Early in his presidential campaign, Donald J. Trump dismissed political data as an “overrated” tool. But after he won the Republican nomination, his team began building a database that offers a pipeline into the heart of the party’s base, a comprehensive list including the email addresses and cellphone numbers of as many as 20 million supporters.
Now, consultants close to the Trump campaign are ramping up efforts to put that database — by far the most sought-after in Republican politics — to use, offering it for rent to candidates, conservative groups and even businesses.
It is an arrangement that has the potential to help the Republican Party in key midterm races, while providing a source of revenue for President Trump’s campaign and the consultants involved.
In recent weeks, Mr. Trump’s campaign, which is not known for its adherence to political norms, quietly signed a contract with a newly formed Virginia-based company called Excelsior Strategies to market the emails and cellphone numbers — what is known in the political industry as first-party data.
Excelsior is offering the chance to email Mr. Trump’s supporters at a rate of $35 per 1,000 addresses — or more if the renter also wants to push posts into the Facebook timelines of supporters — according to interviews and marketing emails obtained by The New York Times. The firm has also explored the possibility of clients’ being able to send text messages directly to the phones of Mr. Trump’s supporters, according to the marketing emails and interviews.
Mod: Nice. Hopefully the unwanted cell calls you'll be receiving will be from America.
Prime-time anchor Tucker Carlson could barely contain himself, admitting the musical artist came across as a bit scattered but calling West’s comments in the Oval Office on Thursday amazing, poignant and brave.
For years, Fox News hosts, contributors and anchors have used rap artists as a foil to make political points. Here’s a brief list of some of the ways the network talked about hip-hop and rappers during the Barack Obama years.
Mod: Tucker Carlson is probably the smarmiest asshole on cable news today. The article goes on to discuss how Fox News trashed artists such as Jay-Z, Rick Ross and Kendrick Lamar during the previous administration. Link above.