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Expensify

Posted in GSU photo archive, Politics, The Internet by chamblee54 on October 24, 2020

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The story was getting attention, not all of it good. “Expensify urges millions of users to vote for Biden in email blast” The company at the center of today’s developments “is the world’s leading application for expense management, receipt scanning, and business travel.”

@expensify “Yes, we emailed all users.” Apparently, the company has upwards of 10m email addresses on file. The message in question urged users, in very strong terms, to vote for Joe Biden.

“… the only way to ensure a peaceful transition of power is to ensure this election is an overwhelming, undeniable landslide in favor of Biden. Any excuse to question the election is an opportunity for Trump to refuse to leave the White House, plunging this country into a Constitutional crisis bordering on civil war. No matter how slight that risk might be, the consequences of it happening would be so catastrophic to society and the economy, we need to do all we can to prevent it.”

Not everyone is pleased with this email blast. PG felt alienated from the Biden campaign after hearing about this clumsiness. He feels that this message is going to have the effect of turning undecided voters to President Trump. PG has already voted, and is unlikely to be persuaded by this type of nonsense. Others might react differently.

@papawhit210 “Calling on all CEO’s to cancel their subscriptions to @expensify for a serious breach of business ethics by using secure business emails for a personal political agenda. #Expensify” Mixing business and politics has long been frowned upon. This email blast involves the use of email addresses used for business communications. Many see this message as being a violation of trust.

@CSteckroth “I guess the CEO is exempt from abiding by the guidelines set in Expensify’s EULA. This is not integrity, this is abuse of customer data.” This tweet has a photo selection from the Terms of Service. “As part of your use of the Expensify Service, you agree not to do any of the following: … Send any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, email, junk mail or junk messages, spam, chain letters or other form of solicitation …”

“A vote for Trump is to endorse voter suppression, it really is very basic. This isn’t about party politics: if Biden were advocating for half of the voter suppression that Trump is actively doing, then I’d be fighting against Biden, too. This is bigger than politics as usual: this is about the very foundation of our nation.” Voter suppression is presented as the number one reason to vote against President Trump. This tactic worked very well for Stacey Abrams.

The truth is that elections are locally governed. In Georgia, the majority of election administration is done by the counties. Other states may be different. The federal government has very little impact on the way elections are conducted. President Trump could not suppress the vote, even if he wanted to.

While the email did not mention race, we should note that racism is a key part of voter suppression culture. Calling President Trump a racist is a proud tradition with Democrats. Is warning about civil war a dog whistle, saying that President Trump is a racist?

@KathyGrosskurth “I deleted it without reading. Guess I need to read it to see what all the fuss is about! #Expensify” It is tough to say how much the #ExpensifyEmail will influence the election. Many people have already voted. Many, many more have their mind made up. Pictures today are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.

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  1. Anonymous said, on October 24, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    This is what I posted on FB…Just remember that a lot of evil things start with “saving our Democracy”.

    Folks, what happened today with Expensify was far more dangerous than you/we realize. The CEO, David Barrett sent an email to all of the employees (ten million) of their customers promoting a political candidate without anyone’s permission. They made this arbitrary decision in the name of (in their minds) “saving our democracy”. What they did is a gross violation and abuse of ethical standards.
    Now…here is the dangerous part. Because they process our expenses, they know everywhere we stay, where we eat, how we travel, vendors we work with, everything that involves a monetary transaction. If they can justify their actions for this, then what is to stop them from using all of someone’s information and technology to track and cancel that person because they don’t like their political views, all justified to “save our democracy”.
    This COULD happen to you.
    Do you know who already does that?
    The Chinese Communist Government
    Saving Democracy? I don’t think so. Think seriously about what is happening.

    • chamblee54 said, on October 24, 2020 at 5:31 pm

      I had not thought that far ahead, but it is true. I have no illusions about either side in this conflict.

  2. Nuts And Bolts | Chamblee54 said, on October 26, 2020 at 9:15 am

    […] spin, if you know what I’m talking about” ~ This just appeared on my blog. It was a comment to ExpensifyFolks, what happened today with Expensify was far more dangerous than you/we realize. The CEO, David […]


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