Dear Vladimir Putin, caucus99percent.com Wants to be Paid
By all accounts, you and your country bought $100,000 of Facebook ads to defeat Hillary Clinton and elect Donald Trump. We feel your money could be better spent supporting our blog.
For one thing, both American political parties vastly outspent you last year. Trump alone spent Two Million Dollars ($2,000,000) on Facebook ads not to mention all the time and money he and the GOP used spreading his message online.
Parscale also deployed software to optimize the design and messaging of Trump’s Facebook ads. Describing one such test, the Wall Street Journal reporter Christopher Mims writes that “one day in August, his campaign sprayed ads at Facebook users that led to 100,000 different webpages, each micro-targeted at a different segment of voters.” In total, Trump’s digital team built or generated more than 100,000 distinct pieces of creative content.
Following Trump’s official nomination as the Republican Party presidential candidate in July 2016, Parscale was tasked with building and scaling the campaign’s digital targeting capabilities. One main supplier of Trump’s data was the Republican National Committee. (RNC Chairman Reince Preibus famously invested more than $100 million dollars into the party’s data and infrastructure capabilities since Mitt Romney’s 2012 loss.)
A pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC proudly announced that it will spend $1 million to dig into Facebook, Reddit, Instagram and Twitter to start setting people straight about Hillary Clinton.
The project is called Barrier Breakers, and the money will fund a task force to "push back against attackers" and support those who support Clinton.
And what did it get you in the end? Despite Trump's claims that he would take a less confrontational approach to relations with Russia, since his election his actions have not reflected his campaign promises regarding the use of our military to intimidate your country. Clearly, President Putin, you've been sold a bill of goods by Mr. Trump.
Now caucus99percent.com is no fan of Donald Trump and his foreign policy goals, which, to be fair, are starting to look a lot like the same policies Hillary Clinton advocated when she ran against him. We almost universally oppose US government actions that might lead to inciting a war with any other country, except as a matter of last resort. Considering the US Government's military and intelligence services budget exceeds your nation's spending on defense by at least 1000% (if not much more), we suspect that you might very well share our goals.
So, if you want to spend money influencing American foreign policy to be less militaristic and destabilizing, might we suggest you donate a reasonable sum to our site to spread a message of peaceful coexistence and cooperation as opposed to military confrontation? Something in the range of $100,000, which you clearly wasted on last year's Facebook ads, ought to be a good starting point.
After all, not only do we have an operational website up and running, but we promote our views on other social media platforms, too, including Facebook, Twitter and reddit, as well. With more money available to us, caucus99 could spread our progressive message of a less militaristic US foreign policy while also pushing for lower defense spending by the US government. This would, of course, include advocating for the election of American politicians who support these goals.
Any funds you can send us would go a long way to advancing our mutual interest in a more peaceful world, or at least one in which the United States is less likely to use military force as a first resort rather than diplomacy with respect to how it conducts its foreign relations with other nations.
Please consider a yearly donation of at least $100,000 (though we wouldn't turn down more) at your earliest opportunity. We'd appreciate any donation from you that would help us support the worthy progressive causes we espouse.
Ps. I'm sure some of your advisors might have told you that you should be spending your time and efforts on more Facebook ads and other online platforms. Considering what that strategy has gotten you to date, I believe you can recognize the rare opportunity that supporting a left wing progressive site such as caucus99percent.com represents.
Thanks in advance,
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