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An opinion poll on Trump's website contains a deceptive request for a donation, with recurring monthly repayments preselected.

Airtable ID

596

"Still raising cash off stealing Top Secret documents."

Aug 21, 2022

Ron Filipkowski | Aug 21, 2022

Trump email campaigns continue to use a slew of deceptive design techniques.

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559

"LAST CHANCE... We won't email you again." (I got 10 more messages in the next seven hours.) It says I need to "RENEW" a membership I never had in the first place. Fake urgency of final contact to nudge action.

Jul 30, 2022

Augie Ray | Jul 30, 2022

Dark patterns in US election websites

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422

Before the American election we compared the experience of donating money to Donald Trump vs Joe Biden through their websites. Who uses dark patterns to trick users into donating more?

Oct 29, 2020

Unusable podcast | Oct 29, 2020

All the President’s Spam

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420

"A group of researchers at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) has just published the findings of its research into a collection of 100,000 political emails, including those from the Trump campaign. It found that the majority of emails used “dark patterns” to manipulate voters and trick donors."

Oct 22, 2020

Stephen Hutcheon, Inga Ting and Katia Shatoba | Oct 22, 2020

Trump’s campaign lures donors with absurd financial promises — and insults

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416

"Whereas some campaigns might communicate with supporters for the purpose of grass-roots organizing, the Trump emails I receive have only one purpose: to gin up contributions. And the solicitations are unlike any I’ve ever seen. Tonally, they diverge wildly from those of past presidential campaigns — or from anything that might be termed “presidential” at all."

Oct 09, 2020

Ben Adler | Oct 09, 2020

How campaigns use manipulative tricks to convince you to open their emails

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407

"A new study out of Princeton shows that the vast majority of campaigns use dark patterns and clickbait subject lines to beg for donations."

Sep 10, 2020

Mark Sullivan | Sep 10, 2020

Fake timer, sneak-into-basket and false assertions used on Trump's donation website.

Airtable ID

390

Numerous dark patterns employed by the Trump campaign.

Jul 22, 2020

ChetMcAwsomLazr | Jul 22, 2020

Trump Headquarters: Emotional Manipulation.

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154

Trump Headquarters sent out this email with a biased “poll” shaming users into selecting the first option. Selecting the first option takes the user to a page asking for money. If you select the second option, it takes the user to a page asking if they stand with Trump.

Aug 01, 2017

Gray et al. | Aug 01, 2017