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Friday, September 28, 2012

New iPhone App to Identify Anonymous Campaign Donors

If you have an iPhone, you can get the Super PAC App which will allow you to get information about the political ads that are swamping your TV.  You’ll need to hold your iPhone up to the TV set for about twelve seconds while the ad is playing.

The app uses audio recognition technology to obtain information on who’s behind the ad and how much money they’ve spent.

The linked article doesn’t mention whether this app can also smoke out the so-called “charity” organizations — e.g. Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS — that aren’t required to reveal their donors.  But I would assume the audio recognition technology works the same way, regardless of whether the ad is from a Super PAC or a tax-exempt “charity” organization.

It’s also unclear — to me anyway — whether this technology actually reveals people’s names, or just provides the usual “this ad was paid for by Concerned Americans for Healthy Children.”

Either way, it’s a start.  Technology keeps improving, and at some point these anonymous millionaires won’t be able to hide under a rock while they’re purchasing politicians and rigging elections.



Blogger Randal Graves said...

If a telegraph was good for ma grandpappy, it's good enough for me.

September 29, 2012 at 6:02 AM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Ha, Randal's gpappy had the telegraph. The Indians used smoke signals and liked it. There is a Monty Python reference for everything isn't there?


September 29, 2012 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger S.W. Anderson said...

If the actual donors to what are cynically referred to as charitable organizations are not disclosed to the FEC, no amount of audio recognition is going to reveal them on your iPhone. What you probably get is the name of the "charitable" organization.

September 29, 2012 at 12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All that and it will tell me the location of the next Burger King too

Clever us Americans


September 29, 2012 at 9:36 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Randal: A megaphone is good enough for me.

Jess: LOL. I haven't seen that one before.

SW: You're probably right. I'm always the hopeless optimist. [sigh]

Erik: That's more important than a bunch of political drivel.

September 30, 2012 at 7:17 PM  

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