October 31, 2008
SLATE SUGGESTS THAT Obama is lying about his inability to identify small donors:
Barack Obama refuses to release the names of the 2 million-plus people who have given his campaign less than $200. According to campaign officials, it would be too difficult and time-consuming to extract this information from its database.
So how come we were able to do it in a couple hours? Not literallyâ€”we don’t have access to the campaign’s list of donorsâ€”but we created a database of similar size and format in a Web-ready file and posted it online . . . But before we get into the technical details (though, if you’re with the Obama campaign and want to skip ahead, please do), it’s worth dwelling on the reasons for the Obama campaign’s reluctance to disclose this information. It can’t be legal: No law prevents Obama from releasing these names.
Yeah, uncharitable people might think the Obama campaign is hiding something.