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  • Political Spam

       October 09, 2008

    Right after the GOP convention, I signed up on the McCain site because I wanted information on any upcoming appearances in Wisconsin. Unfortunately, the McCain campaign took it upon themselves to email me all the fricking time ever since. Already this month I've received 14 emails from McCain, Sarah Palin, Robert M. "Mike" Duncan (whoever he is, he seems to think a lot of his name), Bill Bloomfied (again, whoever he is), etc. Lucky me, my request for information has landed me on numerous GOP lists. W00t!

    So why is the campaign spamming me? Because of political campaigns' exemption from CAN-SPAM, they can, in fact, spam me. And, because campaigns haven't read/don't care about my Dos and Don'ts of Online Political Campaign Marketing, they just don't get why spamming is a bad idea. Even The Onion gets it:

    After receiving yet another unwanted e-mail from liberal political action group Monday, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama deleted the message from his inbox without even glancing at its contents.

    "Ugh, not these people again," Obama was overheard to say as he placed the unread e-mail into the Gmail folder marked "Trash.

    Exactly. Every email I get from McCain, Palin and random GOP officials just makes it more and more likely that I'm going to throw my vote away on a 3rd party candidate who isn't promising to hand over my tax dollars to people whose hard work enabled them to get financing for a mortgage.

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    #  October 9th, 2008 5:37 PM      kris
    now 15 emails!  
    #  October 10th, 2008 8:58 AM      kris
    #  October 10th, 2008 4:48 PM      kris
    #  October 10th, 2008 11:52 PM      kris
    #  October 15th, 2008 11:11 PM      kris
    My God, I've gotten two more emails in the last 23 minutes alone. STOP IT!

    Oooh....make that three emails in 1/2 hour. Now, of course I realize I could just unsubscribe, but I'm about 50% annoyed and 50% bemused.  
    #  October 22nd, 2008 12:24 PM      kris
    And now that damn John McCain is forwarding email that I already received from Sarah Palin. Grrr.

    My Friends,

    I hope you'll take the time today to read the email below from Governor Palin.

    By now you've heard that the Democrats combined have raised nearly $200 million in the month of September alone and they're using this money to flood media markets across the country with misleading ads.

    While I don't get much time to watch television on the campaign trail, I did see many of these attack ads watching the Arizona Cardinals play the Dallas Cowboys a few Sundays ago. Objective observers have said these ads are full of misinformation and the ads from the left are quickly adding up to the most expensive negative ad buy in history.

    Your generous support is needed today to stop the left's misleading attacks against candidates from the top to bottom of our ticket. Will you make a donation right now of $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or more to McCain-Palin Victory 2008?

    We're less than two weeks away from Election Day and thankful for any amount you can give to bolster advertising and get-out-the-vote efforts in important races across the country. Thank you for your support.

    John McCain

    From: Sarah Palin
    Sent: Mon 10/20/2008 3:38 PM
    Subject: My guest appearance on Saturday Night Live

    Dear Supporter,

    If you caught my guest appearance on Saturday Night Live this weekend, you may have seen an ad or two (or twenty) from Senator Obama's campaign.

    This barrage of advertising is adding up to the most expensive negative ad buy in political history. And these ads are funded with the nearly $200 million the Obama campaign and the DNC raised in September.

    With this new money, they'll only step up their media buying efforts to flood every network with ads attacking our shared values. These ads are full of inaccurate information designed to mislead voters in key media markets.

    We need your support to stop the Obama-Biden Democrats' media buying binge. Your immediate contribution of $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or more will help fund our team's ads in key media markets across the country.

    The current media buying gap is a direct result of Senator Obama's broken pledge to accept public financing. This summer, Senator Obama chose to break his promise to the American people by opting out of the public financing system. But, you can be sure that our entire team will honor all of the promises we make in this campaign because we are men and women of our word.

    Our team of reformers has a plan to take America in a new direction. Our economic policies focus on providing economic relief to those who need it most. While the Obama-Biden Democrats say they want to "spread the wealth around," our team won't support economic policies that punish Americans for working hard and pursuing the American Dream.

    I'm asking you today to help our team get this message out. The funds you give today will help pay for upcoming ad buys and get-out-the-vote efforts.

    If Senator Obama is elected and Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid are in charge of Congress, there will be nothing stopping them from raising your taxes, immediately pulling out of Iraq and placing your healthcare decisions in the hands of government bureaucrats.

    We can't let this happen and that's why your financial support is so critical to our efforts. Every dollar we raise goes directly to help fund media buys and get-out-the-vote efforts in important races across the country. So, please make the most generous contribution you can give - whether its $25 or $250. We're certainly grateful for any help you can give. Thank you.


    Governor Sarah Palin

    P.S. Are you tired of watching the barrage of liberal television ads the Obama-Biden Democrats are running? If so, then I ask that you help us close the media buying gap by making a generous contribution of any amount to McCain-Palin Victory 2008. And if you can give $75 or more today, we'll send you an exclusive McCain-Palin Victory 2008 lapel pin to show your support during the final days of the campaign. We appreciate your support.



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