A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 16, 2012
Scampaign (scam + campaign)

A “scampaign” (scam + campaign) is a campaign—a political campaign or a campaign for a specific cause or business—that contains fraud and can be called a “scam.” “Scampaign ‘96” was the title of a San Francisco comedy show in November 1995. The word “scampaign” became popularized in the presidential campaign year of 2004, usually to describe the campaign of Al Sharpton.

A similar term is “shampaign” (sham + campaign).


Urban Dictionary
Scampaign
n. A concerted effort to achieve a goal which relies apon deceit to be successful
v. i. To engage in a concerted effort to achieve a goal using decietful means to succeede.
English Concatenation of Scam + Campaign
That canditate ran a scampaign to get elected.
She is scampaigning her way to a promotion.

by Willi B Nov 14, 2004

San Francisco (CA) Chronicle
HERB CAEN—Poor Herbert’s Almanac
Herb Caen
Published 4:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 1, 1995
(...)
“Scampaign ‘96,” a comedy show at the Punchline next Mon. night, is being ballyhooed with a doctored poster of the shower shot, with Willie’s and Roberta’s heads superimposed on the disc jockeys’ excellent bodies

21 October 1996, Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, AZ), “What this race lacks is humor”:
“Scampaign ‘96” is a professional-looking site with a daily “Often Unrepeatable Joke” for your pleasure.

Philly.com
It’s just a big scampaign!
April 09, 2004
THE PRESIDENTIAL election circus train has left the station.
(...)
The presidential election process in this country is a scam. Big money, hot air and subterfuge decide the results.
Richard P. Miller Jr.
Ardmore

Dissident Voice
Black Power(less)
The Decline of Black Politics in America

by Norman Kelley
July 25, 2004
(...)
Last year, in The Village Voice, Sharpton chastised blacks for allowing white politicians to pose for photo ops in their communities at no political cost. Yet it was exposed, once again in this year’s Voice, that Sharpton himself was running a Potemkin-village political operation in which his organization, the National Action Network, was a shell receiving money and technical assistance from a GOP operative. His “scampaign” finances have been so sloppy, verging on criminality, that the Federal Election Commission decided not to award him matching fund payments.

Absolute Write Water Cooler
Game: Change one letter & make a new word
JAlpha
08-20-2005, 06:16 AM
scampaign—coming soon to an election in your voting district!

CounterPunch
Weekend Edition February 10-12, 2007
Not a Bold Bone in His Body
Barack Obama: Lost in the Foothills of Hope

by KEVIN ALEXANDER GRAY
My wife, Sandra, warned me, “Don’t be hating.” Now San (as we call her), who has worked in retail sales, selling ladies shoes, throughout her working life, is not an overtly political person. She is one of those old-timey, “salt of the earth” types. But when she doesn’t like a person, there is usually something wrong with that person. For instance, before it became evident that Al Sharpton’s effort in South Carolina was going nowhere fast, she coined the now-popular phrase “scampaign” to refer to the reverend’s run.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • (0) Comments • Thursday, August 16, 2012 • Permalink