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  •  VAN is proprietary software (2+ / 0-)
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    v2aggie2, OleHippieChick

    Written by NGP Software, and is not owned by the Obama campaign. By the same token, a bunch of other software used in the Obama campaign is proprietary software, written by other vendors, and not owned by the campaign. The people doing the clamoring for release sound like they understand very little of the software involved in the OFA machine this election.

    As for down-ticket races, I don't know about other states, but VAN is made available, for free, to the candidates for in-state offices, and to county and town parties in VT. The VT Democratic party pays for a license for state-wide use among its candidates. I've done more than a little updating of the voter lists in the VAN.... It's a great tool, and if there are states where the democratic party isn't using it, they're cheating themselves out of a great tool, but that's not the fault of the Obama administration.

    •  Ah, I did not know this, thanks. (0+ / 0-)

      I also did data entry using VAN the 6-8 months before the election. While I see that it was obviously for sale as R-Vote, I guessed it wouldn't be the O campaign or OFA offering it for sale. That would have been crazy. What was really crazy was that the RomRy campaign didn't buy it and use it.

      I ♥ President Obama and have his back.
      Hands off SocSec, Medicare and Medicaid. NO subsidies to rich Corps.
      Rich pay more, bloated DoD steal less. End war on Afghanistan 01/01/14.

      by OleHippieChick on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 04:06:58 PM PST

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