Google remains the clear winner of Obama’s Web spoils, though the search giant’s payments for October have yet to appear in the campaign’s Federal Election Commission filings. The company collected $3.5 million from Obama for America, according to the latest FEC reports analyzed by ClickZ News. Keeping with a trend established early this year, Yahoo remains a distant second, having garnered around $673,000 from the campaign.
In addition, the same article notes that Obama spent almost half a million dollars on Facebook as well. This blog notes:
ClickZ published a report today which suggests Facebook received a whopping $467,000 from the Obama campaign, â€œ$370,000 of which was spent in September alone.â€ Thatâ€™s a more than impressive statistic considering that the campaign spent $8 million in total online. Perhaps it has something to do with Chris Hughes who was a co-Founder of Facebook and left to join the Obama campaign? Thereâ€™s no way to determine why so much was spent on Facebook but in comparison, only $11,500 was spent on MySpace before it disappeared from their budget.
There is also a more sinister seeming story about Chris Hughes, the Obama campaign, and Facebook that was mostly ignored by the mainstream media and political bloggers alike. Hillary Clinton also tried to use Facebook to advance her campaign, but unlike Obama’s, which functioned pretty well, hers continually crashed, and her campaign says when they asked Facebook for better technical support, they were ignored.
Many journalists actually blamed the Clinton campaign for this, asserting that Clinton didn’t “get” technology and implying that this was because her campaign staffers were too old, and/or a bunch of dumb girls (see generally this, this, this and this). The biggest political group on Facebook, outstripping even the pro-Obama cluster, was an entity of Clinton haters entitled Stop Hillary Clinton (One Million Strong AGAINST Hillary). See also. As one blogger noted when the Clinton group was forced to go “private” :
There are some major questions about Facebookâ€™s role here. At a minimum, failing to fix the bug hampering a political activism group for three key months during the primary season is very irresponsible. And especially given Facebook founder Chris Hughesâ€™ role with my.barackobama.com, since the much-larger Obama group wasnâ€™t suffering from this bug it certainly gives the appearance of anti-Clinton bias. In Facebookâ€™s â€œdefenseâ€, I should point out that many of the Obama supporters who were censored by Facebook in February and March brought up accusations of anti-Obama bias. Then again, a couple of months ago Facebook did tell one of the Obama group members that they were going to introduce a mechanism to ban an IP address, not just a profile, from a group in response to our requests for help dealing with repeated trolls. If they actually did implement this while ignoring the Clinton requests, it raises some troubling questions â€” about their software engineering process, and possibly more deeply.
I am not a disgruntled Clinton supporter. I housed numerous Obama campaign workers during the South Carolina primary, I gave money to Obama, I canvassed for Obama, and I did voter protection work for the Obama campaign, in addition to voting for him. But I think this needs a thorough investigation, though I don’t have much optimism that will happen.