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Democrats Looking to Hawk Your Info to Banks, Stores

Including views on various issues
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2013 10:45 AM CST

(Newser) – If you've ever shared your views with your state's Democrats, be aware that those views are now for sale. The Democrats' National Voter File Co-Op has been selling info on supporters to like-minded political groups like the NAACP since Democrat state parties around the country founded it in 2011, but now it's going a step further, Pro Publica reports: The firm managing the fund confirms that it's shopping the info to credit card companies, retailers, and other "corporate prospects."

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While some data, like names and addresses, is public knowledge, canvassers have also collected info over the years on how voters feel about various issues. The co-op thinks companies will value getting a better look at who their customers are. "Everything is on the table, nothing's off the table," a co-op board member says. "It's up to us to figure out what [data] there's a market for." But it's not a total free-for-all: State party leaders will be able to opt out of any deal they don't like. (Read more Democrats stories.)

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