Obama Fundraiser To Be Held in Second Life

September 9, 2008 -

Can online games serve as a vehicle for campaign financing?

We may find out, given that an upcoming Second Life event is designed to raise money for the Obama campaign. As detailed by Midcourt, the virtual fundraiser will take place next Sunday from 4-7pm Pacific time. A DJ will be playing music and supporters can leave money in donation boxes.

Planners of the Obama event hope to raise 100,000 Lindens, SL's in-game currency. That would be about $380 at current exchange rates. That's not exactly the kind of money that will push a candidate over the top, so the event is probably more significant as an experiment in virtual political fundraising.


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Re: Obama Fundraiser To Be Held in Second Life

"Republicants make the rich richer, and the Democraps overly help the poor."

That's what the media would like us to believe, when in fact; both sides make the rich, richer. As for helping the poor, I'm sure they do help - if talk and rhetoric helps the poor any.

Otherwise; it's all a charade. Name a 'poor' Democrat. Do you think Obama's house has less than 7 rooms? I seriously doubt it. I bet he doesn't drive a hybrid either, as I suspect no politician does; and if they even own one, it's for photo ops only, no way they seriously drive it as primary transportation.

Corporate/Aristocrat ass-kissing is a *requirement* to be a politcian, after all.

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Funny story, on his taxes Obama Claims to be worth 59,000 to 400,000, while McCain declares himself at his real amount, 40 million.  That's not shifty at all, lying on your taxes. 

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To further clarify, from John McCain's campaign website:

Taxes Paid:

 

For 2006, Senator McCain paid $72,771 in federal income, alternative minimum, and self-employment taxes (LINES 57 and 58) on taxable income of $215,304 (LINE 43), which is a 33.8% tax rate.

 

For 2007, Senator McCain paid $84,460 in federal income, alternative minimum, and self-employment taxes (LINES 57 and 58) on taxable income of $258,800 (LINE 43), which is a 32.6% tax rate.

I don't think this proves anything about either man except that according to their taxable income, they are both financially secure. However, Cindy McCain does file separately, and her income for 2006 was reported as $6.1 million. In any case, let's stick to the facts about the actual returns.

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Funny, the actual Tax Returns released to the media don't show that "claim":

The tax returns show he made $4,238,165 last year, most of it ($3.9 million) a result of profits from his best selling books. He reported paying $1,396,772 in federal taxes and making charitable contributions totaling $240,370.

--Washington Post, Obama's 2007 Tax Return

Between 2000 and 2004, the Obamas adjusted gross income was between $207,000 and just over $275,000 per year.

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In 2005, Obama made $1.2 million from the 2004 re-release of his first book, “Dreams From My Father,” which was first published in 1995 but found new interest following Obama’s widely-praised appearance at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. In all, the Obamas declared $1.67 million in adjusted gross income in 2005.

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Barack and Michelle Obama earned close to $1 million in 2006, paid more than $318,000 in taxes and got a $40,000 refund, according to the couple’s tax return released by the Democratic presidential candidate’s campaign on Tuesday.

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The Obamas owed the government $277,000 after itemized deductions, which included $60,449 in mortgage interest and $60,307 in charitable contributions.

-- Foxnews.com

Agree or disagree with Barack Obama, but tax returns for candidates are in the public domain, and that statement about him "lying" on his taxes is an out-and-out falsehood itself.

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I'll name a poor democrat.  ME!  Eating ramen noodles everyday is no fun, budday

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Are we bias at GP at all? haha

Given the facts of the republican party, there is no way in hell I would vote for them for the next 8 years unless they went through a massive reform, but you only post bad things about the republicans, and support Obama.  I have to ask for at least a little more equal treatment for the masses.  McCain and Palin would destroy all that is America almost, not really, but gas prices will go higher, and they support oil as the solution when solar and wind is already here and ready technologically.

Republicants make the rich richer, and the Democraps overly help the poor.  There is no middle ground group or person unluckily in any of these elections, and even though my republican father even admits that Obama is our best bet, there should be equal coverage in all forms of media if you are going to cover it, or else you are no better than the big corperations.  Even if you have to add a section for politics seperate of games.

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Wind isn't 'ready technology', wind would, even if it was widespread, provide only 15 to 20 percent of the nations power.  Solar, on the other hand, is too expensive for many groups to consider, and actually is more harmful to make.  So i'll say it again, as McCain has already caught on: THE REAL SOLUTION IS NUCLEAR POWER.

Also, Obama had a good hand in helping raise gas prices 54 cents a gallon because of tarrifs he helped impose; he's also fine with restricting the 2nd amendment, and with giving unusually large sums of money to faith based groups. 

Re: Obama Fundraiser To Be Held in Second Life

I don't know what you are looking at that says wind isnt ready and solar is too expensive, but unless you are an idiot with your money, they are both ready, and not that expensive.  A wind turbine (especially if your make it yourself) is only $100 per turbine, which...  you could get pretty creative if you are smart about it to get a good mount of juice, and anyone with a high school degree could figure out how to hook everything up.  Anyone who went to a real college should be able to hook up  solar system as well, which is a lot cheaper than to have someone install it, but if someone is going to install it...

With the old solar technology it would cost $100,000 to take care of my energy needs with no problem at all, off of the grid, which is what you are talking about.  With the new solar technology that they are NOW mass producing it is $20,000 for that, it ups the house value by $10,000, and I wouldnt be paying an average of $100/mo on my electric bill.  So as long as I am staying in the house for 8 years (without figuring in house appreciation, selling back to the grid, and so on), I will easily get my money back.  More likely than not, figuring in house appreciation and so on, it would only take  5 years.

 
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E. Zachary KnightZippy, So you can't find even one?08/29/2014 - 1:04pm
ZippyDSMleeAndrew Eisen:Right because shes prefect and never exaggerates... *rolls eyes*08/29/2014 - 12:53pm
SleakerAnd honestly, nearly all of the games she references, or images she depicts I've always cringed at and wondered why they were included in games to begin with, from pinups through explicit sexual depictions or direct abuse. I think it's cheap storytelling.08/29/2014 - 12:35pm
Sleaker@AE - aren't most people fundamentally misunderstanding her at this point? haha.. On a related note I think a lot of the backlash is coming from males that think she is telling them their 'Generic Male Fantasy' is bad and wrong.08/29/2014 - 12:33pm
Andrew EisenAnd no, I don't think the female community would be upset over the performance of a case study in and of itself. Possibly the mostivations behind such a study, the methodology or conclusions but not the mere idea of a case study.08/29/2014 - 12:29pm
Andrew EisenAmusingly, these videos aren't saying you can't/shouldn't use tropes or that sexual representations are inherently problematic so those are very silly things to have a problem with and indicate a fundamental misunderstanding of the series.08/29/2014 - 12:29pm
SleakerDo you think the female community would get extremely angry over a male doing a case study on the negative impact of sex-novels and their unrealistic depiction of males and how widespread they are in american culture?08/29/2014 - 12:25pm
SleakerThe other thing that people might find problematic is that they see no problem with sexual representations of females (or males) in games. And realistically, why is there anything wrong with sexual representations in fiction?08/29/2014 - 12:24pm
SleakerTo even discuss or bring up these issues at a cultural level to begin with. Going straight for games to many probably feels like a huge overstepping given that it's interactive story in many cases, and when you're telling a story why can't you use tropes.08/29/2014 - 12:21pm
SleakerI think a large part of the controversy stems from the idea that games aren't culture setters, but culture reactors, and simply depict what is already in culture. So people don't care that games use tropes or are blind to them because we've failed ...08/29/2014 - 12:20pm
AvalongodBesides, what better way to make her point for her than to respond to her opinion by behaving like a misogynistic asshole. Sure, it may be a troll account, but that doesn't make it "ok"08/29/2014 - 12:19pm
AvalongodWhether Sarkeesian is "right" or "wrong" is not relevant, neither she nor any other woman should have to expect that her opinion will be met with death threats or even just sexist language.08/29/2014 - 12:18pm
Andrew EisenOh, may as well. Zip, I challenge you to cite three specific examples from the TvW videos (use direct quotes and time stamps) and explain how/why they ring hollow or are over exaggerated.08/29/2014 - 11:56am
Andrew EisenZip - Bullies on both sides? What both sides? And of course bullies are worse than people who aren't bullies.08/29/2014 - 11:23am
Neeneko(2) yes, male tropes also have problems and gender studies looks at those too. But this highlights a privilage problem, the idea that if male issues are not brought up too female issues should not be discussed.08/29/2014 - 10:42am
Neeneko@ZippyDSMlee - jumping back (1) one can acknowledge systemic problems without requiring every male be a Neanderthal.08/29/2014 - 10:42am
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ZippyDSMleeIt goes without saying that we need to et rid of the bullies on both sides that are far worse than Sarkeesian or Quin will ever be.08/29/2014 - 8:24am
ZippyDSMleeI'm talking more about the genreal movement and how silly it is, as for Sarkeesian half of what she is says rings hollw while the other half tend to be over exsagerated.08/29/2014 - 8:22am
 

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