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DPAD: Twitter Election 2012

Seven months is a long time, especially in politics. Will it seem even longer now that we have Twitter Wars between the camps? One Twitter user seems to think so, when commenting on the kerfuffle caused by analyst Hilary Rosen's comment. (The story is highlighted in the first two items on today's Reading List.) @DaveWeigel Tweeted: "Oh God Twitter is going to make these Umbragefest news cycles so much worse." Perhaps. However, there's little room for debate on the underlying fact--Twitter has changed politics and campaigning.

Reading List

Welcome to the Twitter Election by Zeke Miller (BuzzFeed): “Beyond the debate over women in the workplace or whether it is appropriate to use spouses in political attacks, last night’s firestorm revealed the fast, intense, and primarily social media turf on which the 2012 election will be fought.”

Ann Romney rejects Democratic pundit’s claim that she ‘never worked a day in her life’ by Philip Rucker (Washington Post’s Election 2012 Blog): “Hilary Rosen, a political consultant who advises the Democratic National Committee, questioned on CNN Wednesday night whether Ann Romney understands the economic issues facing women. ... Two hours later, Ann Romney debuted a new Twitter account, @AnnDRomney, and wrote: ‘I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.’ One of the Romneys’ sons, Josh, tweeted: ‘@AnnDRomney is one of the smartest, hardest working woman (sic) I know. Could have done anything with her life, chose to raise me.’”

How YouTube and Twitter are hurting Mitt Romney by Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake (Washington Post’s The Fix): “But, because basically every phrase that Romney uttered during the primary (and well before that) is either available on YouTube or Twitter, President Obama’s reelection team has tons of ammunition as they try to hold Romney to some of the things he has said in the past. On Wednesday, the Obama campaign released a video splicing together Romney’s greatest hits (or, more accurately, misses) from the Republican primary race.”

Activists Plan Protests Against House Internet Surveillance Bill ‘CISPA’  by Sarah Lai Stirland (Tech President): “[Center for Democracy & Technology] is part of a group of organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union, Demand Progress, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which are going to launch a week-long campaign to persuade netizens to contact their members of Congress over their concerns about the legislation, which they say expands domestic Internet surveillance to unprecedented levels. The legislation is H.R. 3523, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which the Electronic Frontier Foundation has characterized as ‘a little piece of SOPA wrapped up in a bill that’s supposedly designed to facilitate detection of and defense against cybersecurity threats.’”

Online Advocacy Ads

The Democratic Governors Association’s DGA Action sponsors an ad on the popular LGBT blog Towleroad claiming that voters will be disenfranchised in the upcoming presidential elections. It links to a petition on the group’s site alleging “states with Republican governors or new GOP majorities are ramming through bills designed to make it harder for people to vote. They'll stop at nothing to steal the Presidency.”

The Groundwater Protection Council and Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission promote their fracfocus.org site in an ad on National Review Online. The piece touts “America’s Natural Gas - smarter power today” and links to the Frac Focus Chemical Disclosure Registry with additional information.

An ad on CNS News from the Media Research Center seeks funding for its operations. The item links to the MRC’s donation page with further details:

A text ad on the Crooks and Liars site from the Obama Campaign states: “What High Gas Prices Mean. Big Oil's making billions off you & attacking Pres. Obama. Learn more. barackobama.com/big-oil.”

Transportation company CSX posts an ad to Daily Kos that challenges readers to play “Environmental Pursuit. Test your Green IQ for a chance to win $1,000 for you and $1,000 for an environmental charity.”

Email Newsletter Round Up

Citizens Against Government Waste announces that the 21st edition of CAGW's Congressional Pig Book is Back! The book “will make its debut April 17” and “identifies more than 100 pork-barrel earmarks that lawmakers stuffed into the fiscal year (FY) 2012 appropriations bills.”

The White House asks “What's your Buffett number?” in an email that discusses relative tax rates and urges readers to “Find out how many millionaires pay a lower effective tax rate than you, then share those results.”

Center for Media and Democracy compels its viewers to “TAKE ACTION! Tell ALEC Corporations to Stand Down!” in a newsletter titled “Six ALEC Corporations Bail, Who Will Be Next?

Benjamin Jealous of the NAACP signs an email entitled “Zimmerman arrested, charged with murder” and mentions racial profiling. The piece links to a petition and states “Please take a moment to sign our name wall in memory of Trayvon, and to stand with us in securing justice for our children. In doing so, we each are committing that we will ensure all our children will be treated fairly and protected by those who have sworn they will do just that: http://action.naacp.org/add-your-name.”

The Family Research Council sends out Tony Perkins’ Washington Update titled “One Painter's Brush with Intolerance.” The missive describes a recent controversy in Rhode Island regarding a high school mural that was being censored “because it included the picture of a married man and woman.” It also highlights a Connecticut event scheduled for April 20 as part of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network's (GLSEN) national “Day of Silence.”

US Senatorial candidate for Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren forwards an email from Jim Messina, campaign manager with Obama for America titled “Buffett Rule.” Warren writes: “My opponent, Republican Senator Scott Brown, agrees with Mitt Romney that it's okay for millionaires and billionaires to pay a lower tax rate than everyone else. He wants to block the Buffett Rule. I think that's wrong, and I'm standing with President Obama on this.” The original piece also urges readers to “Join President Obama in urging Congress to pass the Buffett Rule: http://my.barackobama.com/Pass-the-Buffett-Rule ... After adding your name, check out our new Buffett Rule website to see exactly what it does, who's behind it, and how you can help. Take a look, then pass it on.”

Mary Rickles of Netroots Nation alerts viewers that “Registration rates increase Tuesday!” The email notes an April 17 deadline and implores readers to “Click here to register now for Netroots Nation, June 7-10, 2012.

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