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Oprah, he ain't.

But to many who use, the free-for-all online bulletin board, Craig Newmark's backing of Sen. Barack Obama carries a big stamp of approval. (Yes, indeed, there is a Craig behind CraigsList, and you can find more about him here.)

Tonight, Newmark is co-hosting the Innovator's Ball, a fundraising event organized by Jason Paez of 4A Purpose LLC, a tech and media group focused on charitable consumerism, to be held in in the Manhattan home of Steven Gluckstern, a New York entrepreneur. Tickets cost $250, and supporters such as Paez and Gluckstern bought 40, to the tune of $10,000 each.

"I created the concept of "Innovator's Ball and reached out to friends like Craig because I believe Barack represents something truly visionary for this country, and he's attracting creative and entrepreneurial people as a result," Paez explained.

Obama's technology/innovation platform -- "Ensure the full and free exchange of information among Americans through an open Internet and diverse media outlets," reads a part of it on his Web site -- has been praised by independent groups such as TechPresident, which is tracking how the candidates are using technology and the Internet in their campaigns, and the Wireless Communications Association International, the trade association for the broadband wireless industry. Obama, Newmark says, has the most complete tech policy of the all candidates.

Tonight promises to be a geek-fest of sorts, and Newmark is the biggest draw.

"I figure we really need a guy who knows right from wrong," Newmark told The Trail, "and who can remind the world that we're the good guys."

--Jose Antonio Vargas

By Web Politics Editor  |  December 10, 2007; 6:25 PM ET
Categories:  A_Blog , Barack Obama , New Media , Primaries  
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