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 literally—we don’t have access to the campaign’s list of donors—but we created a database of similar size and format in a Web-ready file and posted it online. (You can view a sample text version of it here. The full version is 824 MB.)
No doubt Obama doesn’t want to spend the last days talking about such donors as A. Hitler, K. Marx, and Saddam Hussein.
But we have the best word of all the right people that there’s nothing rotten here. Move along. These aren’t the straw-donors you’re looking for.