The 'New Party' was a political party established by the Democratic Socialists of America. Web pages that had been scrubbed from the New Party's website were archived by the non-profit Internet Archive Organization. The deleted web page that identifies Obama as a member and the status of his race for the Illinois Senate is here There is also a recognition by the "Progressive Populist" magazine in November 1996 that Obama was indeed an acknowledged member of the Socialist Party. Link here Is this a scam? Is it true? I don't know. Anyone with firsthand knowledge of this should step forward.