Saturday, May 07, 2005

Observational Comedian General 

Eliot Spitzer, Middle Class Crusader!

Enter Spitzer, a candidate for governor in 2006, is best known for his high-profile crusades against conflicts of interest in business but hasn't ignored cyberspace. Last year, his office settled a spam lawsuit against OptInRealBig.com of Colorado as his year-old investigation of a "spam ring"" continues.

In pursuing spyware, last week's civil lawsuit against Intermix Media Inc. of Los Angeles is likely just the opening salvo.

Spitzer accused the company of secretly installing software that delivers nuisance pop-up advertisements and can slow and crash personal computers. Spitzer said such programs are fraudulent and threaten to discourage e-commerce.

"Mr. Spitzer has put a match to this and it will be interesting to see just how many volleys take place," said David Moll of Webroot Software Inc., an anti-spyware vendor.

Spitzer has got to be the canniest Democrat in New York, and if he weren't an unelectable Northern Secular Humanist-Belt pol he'd be Presidential material. His method should be studied by all aspiring young Dems. It's fairly simple: Find something bad. Launch a public campaign against it. Paint it in class warfare-lite terminology.

The AP describes it thusly:
A consumer concern is followed by a single lawsuit in an enforcement no man's land.
Negotiation for settlements follow, along with reforms to create new industry standards.

You know what people don't like? Spyware. On behalf of the little and medium-sized guys, I will take spyware down!

Spitzer's next high-profile fights will be against similar menaces to the public good. I have it on good authority that he'll go after the following targets soon:

He will not rest until these injustices are investigated and high-profile hands are slapped.

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