Entries in Email (4)


Errant Email to Newt Gingrich Supporters Says 'Obama Is Going to Win'

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- An email message mistakenly sent to Newt Gingrich's list serve Thursday morning told subscribers that President Obama would no doubt win in 2012 and that they should be more worried about Obama's winning in 2016.

That's right, despite the 22nd Amendment, which limits any one person to two presidential terms, the email that went out to Gingrich's supporters suggests President Obama would be running again in 2016, and possibly serve through 2020.

The email, titled "What's really at stake this Tuesday ..." came from Gingrich Marketplace and went out to people who'd given their contact information to the Gingrich campaign when the former speaker of the House was still in the presidential race. Bygone candidates, such as Gingrich and Herman Cain, regularly rent out their email address lists to advertisers.

"The truth is, the next election has already been decided. Obama is going to win. It's nearly impossible to beat an incumbent president," advertiser Porter Stansberry wrote in the email to Gingrich supporters. "What's actually at stake right now is whether or not he will have a third-term."

Conservative news group Human Events manages the Gingrich Marketplace emails, but Gingrich has a say over which advertisers can have their messages go out to the list. And according to Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond, Stansberry & Associates should have been on the blacklist.

"We do not rent to the entity in question," Hammond said, speaking by phone Thursday. "In fact, we go to lengths to vet where we rent."

Human Events Vice President Joe Guerriero said the email was "a mistake."

"It was actually scheduled to run on another of our lists," Guerriero said. His team has been investigating how the Stansberry message went out to the Gingrich group.

Stansberry & Associates is run by Porter Stansberry, who in 2003 was the subject ofan SEC lawsuit in which the court found he participated in an online newsletter scheme that defrauded investors out of $1 million. Stansberry was ordered to pay $120,000 in damages.

Here's the catch to the email. To learn how Obama would circumvent the 22nd Amendment, Gingrich subscribers were asked to click on a link to Stanberry's site and watch a video presentation. We won't bore you with those details. We're skeptical, to say the least, of the argument.

Gingrich endorsed Republican rival Mitt Romney when Gingrich left the race last May. At the top and bottom of his emails, there is a disclaimer for readers, in part saying, "the following message reflects the opinions and representations of our advertiser alone."

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Apparent Mitt Romney Email Hacker Apologizes

ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- The Secret Service is investigating a person who has apologized for hacking into a Hotmail account once used by Mitt Romney.

The hacker, whose identity is unknown publicly, read a Wall Street Journal story about the emails the candidate used to send as governor of Massachusetts from the address The hacker told Gawker that he guessed a security question on the email account about Romney’s favorite pet, then used the password to get into Romney’s old inbox.

Tuesday the Romney campaign said investigators were working on the case. “The proper authorities are investigating this crime, and we will have no further comment on it,” Romney spokeswoman Gail Gitcho said in an email.

The hacker has since apologized in a letter addressed to Romney and published by Gawker. The Romney campaign declined to comment following the hacker’s apology.

The person said he or she had deleted the files that were downloaded and changed the password and security question to prevent others from getting into it.

“I engaged in an egregious violation of another persons privacy, a violation made all the worse by way of your being a public figure who has so little privacy to begin with, a figure for whom what privacy can be found is doubtless a valuable gift,” the hacker said. “A gift I took away. For this I am sorry. When I hacked in it struck me as funny at first, but now…I have never felt as bad about something I have done as I feel right now.”

The Secret Service confirmed to ABC News that it is on the case. “We are investigating and it is an opening investigation,” Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said.

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Investigation Under Way into Romney Email Hacking

FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images(FORT WORTH, Texas) -- Investigators are working to determine whether the email of presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney was hacked, a campaign spokeswoman confirmed to ABC News.

The reports of a potential hacking were first reported by the blog Gawker, which posted a story Tuesday that said a tipster had come to them with the information after a Wall Street Journal story that same day revealed Romney’s Hotmail email address. The Wall Street Journal had published portions of emails Romney sent from the email address for a story about how the former Massachusetts governor defended the individual mandate in the Massachusetts health care plan.

It was this story, the tipster claims, that led him to crack the presidential hopeful’s code word and tap into his private emails.

“I hacked in after finding the answer to the security question ‘What is your favorite pet,’” the anonymous tipster wrote in an email to Gawker.

The tipster revealed the password (which Gawker redacted in its post and did not report whether it was Romney’s old dog, Seamus, whom he infamously strapped to the roof of his family’s car for a five-hour road trip), claimed that he changed it and also said he changed the password for Romney’s Dropbox account, a virtual storage unit that the campaign uses to share documents.

There has so far been no evidence that the tipster is telling the truth; no emails or documents have been made public since the alleged hacking.

Communications Director Gail Gitcho confirmed that an investigation is ongoing over the alleged hacking, but would not specify which federal agencies, if any, were aiding in the investigation.

“The proper authorities are investigating this crime, and we will have no further comment on it,” said Gitcho in an email statement.

If the allegations turn out to be true, Romney wouldn’t be the first politician to have email compromised. VP nominee Sarah Palin’s Yahoo! account was hacked in 2008, just months before the election, and a 20-year-old college student, the son of a Democrat state representative from Tennessee, was later indicted and charged with obstruction of justice and unauthorized access to a computer.

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Republican Group Under Fire for Email Featuring Obama Shot in Head

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A Halloween-themed email from the Loudoun County, Va., Republican Committee was swiftly condemned by conservative and liberal groups Monday for featuring an image of a ghoulish-looking President Obama with a bullet hole through his head.

The message, with the subject line “Halloween 2011,” invites supporters to a community parade where “we are going to vanquish the zombies with clear thinking conservative principles and a truckload of Republican candy.”  It also features a caricature of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a jack-o-lantern and cartoons of zombies.

The email was first reported by the blog Too Conservative, which said the group had gone “way too far” and should be reported to the U.S. Secret Service.

Mark Sell, chairman of the Loudoun County Republican Committee, explained that the email was a “light-hearted attempt to inject satire humor into the Halloween holiday.”

“Apparently, some individuals have interpreted an image of Barack Obama that appeared within the email as intending to portray the President as a victim of a violent crime. Nothing could be further from the truth,” Sell said in a statement. “We deeply and sincerely apologize to the President and anyone who viewed the image if that was the impression that was left.”

Still, condemnation from Democrats and state and national Republicans has been swift and harsh.

Virginia GOP Chairman Pat Mullins called the image “disgusting” and condemned its use “in the strongest possible terms.”

“We are in the process of contacting those responsible for the image to demand that they cease using it and immediately issue an apology,” Mullins said.

A Republican National Committee spokesman said the type of imagery in the Loudoun County GOP email “has no place in politics.”

The Secret Service told ABC News the agency is aware of the incident but offered no further details.

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