Sunday, January 19, 2014

Rand Paul's NSA Lawsuit Builds a Database for His Presidential Bid

Another hermetically sealed mailing list for Rand. Newsmax explains:
Rand Paul's class-action lawsuit against the National Security Agency's surveillance policies is an early play in the Kentucky Republican senator's presidential ambitions, a new report says.

While it will allow him to hone his brand as a champion of small government, it likely won't have much legal effect, reports Politico.[...]

Names and emails of anyone who signs onto his campaign website,, goes into the database, his campaign acknowledges. 

Signing up to support the lawsuit through Paul's website, on his non-governmental Facebook page, or at does not make people who sign on a party to the lawsuit. 

However, people signing on are asked to make a "generous donation to help rally up to ten million Americans to support my lawsuit to stop Big Brother from infringing on our Fourth Amendment freedoms."

A senior adviser defended adding the supporters to Paul's campaign database.

"This could have been done through some other named website," one adviser told Politico. "We did it straight up. Go to or to sign up. They know who they’re giving their name to. It’s a couple hundred thousand people who obviously care about this issue, care about Rand taking action on this issue. [We’re] sure there are other things they’ll care about.” 

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