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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Michelle Nunn's Original Campaign Memo Winds Up Online

Guys, what, what, what, are we doing? Why did this wind up online? Check and double check that you have the correct email addresses when sending emails!! (That's what I'm assuming happened. If this was on purpose then...I can't even. No one cares about your level of access. Shut up.)

The memo itself isn't particularly earth shattering. It shares insights like, "a Democrat needs minority votes to win in Georgia" and "Jews have money." It also predicts that she will be seen as a carpet bagger since she grew up outside the state and spent her residence in Georgia in an affluent Atlanta suburb while most of the state is rural. My favorite part is that this model (even within the memo) is marked as "Confidential and Proprietary"

Really, Blue Labs? Groundbreaking stuff.

The real revelation (and in my opinion kind of a buried lede) is that the foundation that Nunn runs could be construed as kind of a shit show. According the National Review (I know)"The document also makes reference to a 2010 audit that concluded Points of Light’s accounting system was 'not adequate to account for federal funds.'"Points of Light also gave a $33,000 grant to Islamic Relief USA, which has uncomfortably close ties to Hamas. No wonder her policy on Israel was listed as "TBD."

To her credit, Nunn had a pretty good line on the flap at a recent campaign stop. “I always thought I wanted to run an open and transparent campaign but this has gone beyond what I anticipated or intended.”


  1. I don't work for Blue Labs, the campaign, or have a particular opinion about the memo, but in defense of that slide: Even today when you're explaining modelling to candidates, and even some senior staff and consultants you have to start with the very, very basics. A good number of folks still view it as witchcraft and/or a waste of a time and why bother changing what has worked. It's frustrating, but you have to start from the ground up so people at least sorta get it.

  2. Oh for sure! I just thought it was funny (but totally understandable) that that graphic was "confidential and proprietary."