The 2016 Presidential Campaign Surveillance Report

From Irregular Times

First Glimpse, June 2, 2014

Our recent negative experiences with having tracking software from SkimLinks and KissMetrics surreptitiously placed onto our own web site has focused our attention on the growing problem of Silicon Valley corporations using their technical know-how to conduct hidden surveillance against Internet users. They slip little packages of code that automatically install beacons on people's computers, allowing corporate data miners, along with the NSA, to keep records of where people go and what they do while on the Internet.

Increasingly, it has become standard practice for web sites to place the electronic surveillance bots on people's computers without asking for permission first, or even letting people know what they're doing. They act as if people automatically give permission for such intrusive behavior just by reading a web page. It's as if owners of physical stores felt that they had the right to secretly place GPS tracking devices on all their customers.

Unfortunately, it's not just commercial enterprises that are engaging in this unethical behavior. Enterprising politicians are getting in on the act, too. Visit the web site of a candidate for public office, and it's likely that you're going to leave that site with your computer infected by at least a few electronic spy bots.

The 2016 Presidential Campaign Surveillance Report attempts to expose this practice, so that voters can be aware of the ways in which America's top politicians, those asking to be elected President of the United States, are participating in the unethical surveillance of Internet users. It's an important issue, because the last several Presidents have used their power to expand the power of the U.S. federal government to conduct electronic surveillance against practically everybody living in the United States. A presidential candidate who uses their campaign to spy against voters is likely to continue the abusive behavior after entering the White House.

This report identifies the tracking software each of the candidates is using on their main political identity web sites, as well as the tracking software being used by each candidate's primary political action committee. All statistics are for the pages on the candidates' web sites that have the most active trackers.

Of course, the presidential campaigns have yet to get going in earnest. Many of these politicians' web sites are presently little more than place holders. This analysis will therefore be updated periodically during the presidential campaign, to see not just how the candidates compare to each other, but also how they compare to themselves over time.

THE CANDIDATES

marco rubioMarco Rubio

MarcoRubio.com: 8 trackers
Doubleclick Floodlight
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Google Adwords Conversion
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Lotame
Scorecard Research Beacon
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Typekit by Adobe

ReclaimAmericaPAC.com: 2 tracker
Google Analytics
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Total: 10 trackers


hillary clintonHillary Clinton

HillaryClinton.com: 1 tracker
Google Analytics

HillaryClintonOffice.com: 1 tracker
Google Analytics

ReadyForHillary.com: 7 trackers
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Rocket Fuel
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Total: 9 trackers


paul ryanPaul Ryan

RyanForCongress.com: 9 trackers
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Facebook Connect
Google Adwords Conversion
Google Analytics
Lotame
Optimizely
Scorecard Research Beacon
ShareThis
Typekit by Adobe

ProsperityPAC.com: 9 trackers
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Facebook Connect
Facebook Conversion Tracking
Facebook Social Plugins
Google Adwords Conversion
Google Analytics
Kenshoo
Lotame
Optimizely

Total: 18 trackers


rick santorumRick Santorum

RickSantorum.com: 6 trackers
Facebook Connect
Facebook Social Plugins
Google Analytics
MixPanel
New Relic
StumbleUpon Widgets

PatriotVoices.com: 11 trackers
AdRoll
Facebook Connect
Facebook Social Plugins
Google Adwords Conversion
Google Analytics
Google+ Platform
New Relic
Perfect Audience
Quantcast
Twitter Badge
Twitter Button

Total: 17 trackers


scott walkerScott Walker

ScottWalker.com: 7 trackers
AppNexus
Exact Drive
Facebook Connect
Facebook Conversion Tracking
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HubSpot
ValueClick Mediaplex

Total: 7 trackers


marsha blackburnMarsha Blackburn

MarshaBlackburn.com: 6 trackers
AppNexus
Facebook Social Graph
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Google Adwords Conversion
Google Analytics
New Relic

Total: 6 trackers


jan brewerJan Brewer

JanPAC.com: 7 trackers
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Total: 7 trackers


scott brownScott Brown

ScottBrown.com: 2 trackers
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Total: 2 trackers







kirsten gillibrandKirsten Gillibrand

KirstenGillibrand.com: 8 trackers
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Google Analytics
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Total: 8 trackers


andrew cuomoAndrew Cuomo

AndrewCuomo.com: 11 trackers

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Conviva
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Media6Degrees
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Videology

Total: 11 trackers


amy klobucharAmy Klobuchar

AmyKlobuchar.com: 6 trackers
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Total: 6 trackers


ted cruzTed Cruz

TedCruz.org: 8 trackers
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Google Adwords Conversion
Scorecard Research Beacon
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TedCruzForSenate.org: 7 trackers
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JobsGrowth.org: 5 trackers
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Total: 20 trackers