Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail 2 pieces

The FTC has shut down one of the big scam charity rings. Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services, Breast Cancer Society and Children’s Cancer Fund of America were all run by James Reynolds, his family and friends. Cancer Fund of America is #2 on the Tampa Bay Time’s America’s Worst Charities list. If you are getting calls and junk mail from scam charities file a complaint with the FTC.

Annette Bosworth has been found guilty on all charges in her nominating petitions fraud thing. She was out of the country when people were signing petitions to get her nominated for office. “Each of the 12 felony charges carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison and/or a $4,000 fine. Convictions could also jeopardize Bosworth’s medical license.” Sentencing is on July 1.


Back to my everyday fight

All 2 pieces

Only 2 pieces this week.

Online Ed Real Estate Continuing Education
Online Ed Real Estate Continuing Education (503) 670-9278

She was a realtor for over 40 years. They are just pulling her information from the state database. I will not be able to stop junk mail like this.


Citizen Guardian

Citizen Guardian phone number (202) 469-3433, and email info@CitizenGuardian.org Citizen Audit page, Open Secrets page.

These jackasses I can stop. Their mail is made by Engage Direct Mail Opt-out here and email info@uscomplianceservices.com. I emailed them again last week and supposedly her name was removed 3/27/2015. And it takes 12 weeks to be cycled out of the system. Which means that Citizen Guardian junk mail should stop the second week in June. The only problem is I contacted these people a year ago. That is a long 12 weeks.


		
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Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail, 5 pieces

Well that streak ended quickly. It was a nice 10 day vacation from junk mail.

From the where are they now file is Annette Bosworth. This week her election law violations trial starts. The Argus Leader has a nice wrap up of everything that has happened so far. It all boils down to

Bosworth attested to personally gathering signatures when she was on a publicized medical mission trip in the Philippines. She also attested to gathering signatures on some Hutterite colonies, but residents interviewed said she was not there when they signed.

Good luck Annette, I hope you still have money left over from your senate campaign to pay for your lawyers. Oh wait you don’t. You used Forthright Strategy and they left you $33,000 in debt. Even though they raised over $2 million for you.


Constitution Watchdogs a project of the Committee for Justice

Constitution Watchdogs a project of Committee for Justice, Charity Navigator page. Opt-out here info@CommitteeforJustice.com and call (202) 270-7748. Their direct mail fundraiser is Morgan Meredith Contact page (703) 467-9341


Citizen Guardian

Citizen Guardian run by James Carney. Citizen Audit page, Open Secrets page. Opt-out here: (202) 469-3433, and email info@CitizenGuardian.org. Also opt-out through Engage Direct Mail info@uscomplianceservices.com. It takes 12 weeks to be dropped from their mailing list. I contacted them the first time in March. I have to wait until June for them to stop.


MIO Frontiers USA

MIO Frontiers. Charity Navigator page. Opt-out here: info@frontiersusa.org and call 800-462-8436. Their goal is to convert Muslims into Christians. Yah, good luck with that guys.


Pheasants Forever

Pheasants Forever Wiki page Charity Navigator page. Opt-out here: contact@PheasantsForever.org and call (877) 773-2070.


Sweepstakes & Contests from Guardian Entertainment Group

Sweepstakes & Contests from Guardian Entertainment Group

Sweepstakes & Contests Entry Report by Guardian Entertainment Group PO Box 422 Old Bethpage NY 11804. This address also uses the names “North American Prize Compiling” and “American Reporting Center”. Ug these guys again. This piece of junk mail has been like a nat for the past year. I can’t stop this mailpiece. They aren’t selling anything, asking for money, or having a sweepstakes, so I can’t use a form 1500 to make them stop. If she hadn’t died I would file a complaint with the DMA. If that didn’t work I would file a complaint with my state attorney general.


One pre-paid envelope ready to go

One pre-paid envelope ready to go.

Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail, Zero pieces

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For the first time in over a year the person who’s junk mail I am trying to stop, has gone 10 days with no junk mail.

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She died in February. For the past 3 months I have told all of her junk mailers that she is dead. Phone calls, emails, notes in pre-paid envelopes. I think it may have soaked into their computer databases that she won’t be sending them any more money.

If this keeps up for a month, I will declare victory over junk mail.

Drowning in Junk Mail – This week in Junk Mail 1 piece from Citizen Guardian

One!! 1! Only one piece this week!

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I am on count down right now. The longest I have gone in the past year with out junk mail for her has been 8 days. 8 post office delivery days. This piece came on April 28. That is 4 days so far. When I can go a month without junk mail for her I will consider this project done.


Who was the lucky winner this week? Our old friends James Carney and Citizen Guardian phone number (202) 469-3433, and email info@CitizenGuardian.org

Citizen Guardian junk mail

I found 2 addresses for them:

  • PO Box 96302 Washington DC 20090
  • 300 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Suite 900 Washington, DC 20001 This location is owned by Carr Workplaces. It is a rent an office space business. They can provide anything from a mailing address to a fully furnished office.

Citizen Audit page, Open Secrets page.

Their fundraiser is called Greenmail, but the address 880 N. East St. Frederick, MD 21701 is for Name Exchange. They are a mailing list rental firm. chris@nameexchange.us (301) 695-6140

Citizen Guardian junk mail

This week Citizen Guardian is not only trying to repeal Obama care, they want a “Constitutional Amendment to prohibit any federal control of health care”. I guess this means they also want to stop Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Department of Defense TRICARE, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) program, and the Indian Health Service (IHS) program.

Citizen Guardian junk mail

Here is another version of the straw poll included in the mailpiece. I just want to point out the first question:

1. Scientific polls show the majority of Americans are strongly opposed to the passage of the massive 2 trillion dollar Federal Health Care Reform Bill “ObamaCare” but politicians in Congress passed it anyway.
Did you support the passage of the Federal Obamacare bill?

There is no such thing as a “Scientific poll” every poll is manipulated so that the poll taker gets the answer they want. Scientific American talking about polling. Questions to ask about a political poll.

Citizen Guardian junk mail
“Please be as generous as you can in this critical national grassroots effort.. Thank you!”

Grassroots? Really? When is $5 million a “grassroots effort”? This mailpiece, and the people who made it are ridiculous. They could save a lot of time, money, and trees, if they were more like the scamers. Just sent a postcard asking for money. I would respect them more if they were more upfront. Just come out and say it: “I want your money.” You know that when the little old lady fills out the straw poll, and carefully folds it into the envelope, it just lands in the trash when the person in the mailroom rips it open looking for the check she sent.

 

Drowning in Junk Mail – How to Research Who Makes the Junk Mail

For anyone who stumbles on this post, please read how this fits into my over all strategy for stopping junk mail. This is not the first step. This is for groups who will not stop sending junk mail after being repeatedly asked to do so.

I have gotten a couple of requests asking how I find who is behind the junk mail. This takes a little foot work, and a little Google-fu to get what you are looking for.


For Charities, 501(c)3:

Sign up for Charity Navigator and Guidestar. They both have the IRS 990’s for charities. But they only give you access to the documents if you sign up. I like Charity Navigator better, but sometimes only Guidestar will have the documents you are looking for.

Look up the charity who’s junk mail you want to stop. In this case I have picked United States Justice Foundation in Charity Navigator.

Look past the 1 star rating and click on the IRS (Forms 990) tab
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Scroll down to the bottom of the page where the links to the PDF’s are. The IRS documents will always be out of date. In this case the newest 990’s are from 2013. You just have to hope that they haven’t changed fundraisers.
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This is the first page of the PDF. It gives all the vitals, address, phone number, who is in charge.
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This is when you start scrolling.

This is what you are looking for.
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Section B. Independent Contractors. This is for independent contractors that received over $100,000 in compensation. There are only 5 spaces. This is only the top 5 independent contractors that got over $100,000. In this case they are all for direct marketing. Sometimes they list printers, or the delightfully vague “consulting”.

They are:

Keep scrolling
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Supplemental Information Regarding Fundraising or Gaming Activities. This is the other section where you will find fundraisers. In this case it is their biggest fundraiser Richard Norman Company. Who they paid over $200,000 in 2013.


For Political Action Committees, PACs, 501(c)4, Dark Money groups:

Open Secrets used to be my goto for documents, but they aren’t consistent with giving a link to IRS documents for every group. Now I use Citizen Audit for looking up IRS documents for PACs.

Citizen Audit is very easy to use
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Just type in the group you are looking for and click “Search”. It will appear under the search bar.

Click through to the group’s page.
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Scroll down a little and look for the “See PDF” for the newest IRS 990. It is the same form that charities use.


IRS 990’s only ask for the top 5 independent contractors that received over $100,000 in compensation. The FEC wants all of a PAC’s expenses. Every pen and pencil, every taxi ride, every stamp for every envelope.

For FEC documents you have to go to the official FEC.gov. This website is AWFUL. No really, it is as bad as any geocities site from 1995. I am just going to link to the search page to save your brain from the terribleness of this website.

Candidate and Committee Viewer search

Type in the candidate or PAC you want to look up.

This is the page for Ryan Zinke the house representative for Montana. He was sending my gal junk mail. She was in California.
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You want to click on the operating expenditures link. A note about the FEC website: NEVER, EVER use the search bar in the top right corner. It will plunge you in to the worst garbage search of all time.

These are the expenditures for team Zinke. It goes on, and on. Page after page. Click the “Purpose” bar to put the expenditures in alphabetical order. You are looking for key words like: Printing, Postage, Direct Mail, Marketing, Fundraising, Caging, List Rental
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Capitol Caging corp: Caging fees. Open Secrets page

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Forthright Strategy: creative fees, I am cheating with this one I already know who Forthright Strategy is.

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Legacy List Marketing: List Rental
O’Neill Marketing Co: List Rental

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CMS – Consolidated Mailing Services: Printing
Donor Bureau: Printing

I may not call the 2 company’s who do printing. Unless they keep popping up over and over with other PACs


So what do you do with this information? Look up each fundraiser in Google, go to their website, then email them and give them a phone call. They maybe confused. Tell them all about your junk mail problems until they take you off their mailing list. They may ignore you. Take note of the lack of response and move on to the next fundraiser. When the junk mail doesn’t stop, and you file your formal complaint with the DMA and your state’s attorney general, mention the lack of help you got from each company.