Anatomy of a Mailpiece: The Jesse Helms Center Foundation

When I was in the storm of stopping junk mail I didn’t have the time to slow down and really get in-depth with how the mailpieces are put together, how they are aimed at the elderly to get money from them.

Thankfully The Jesse Helms Center Foundation has ignored all the requests I have put out for them to stop sending mail to my house.

This includes:

Obviously I need to have another chat with my mail carrier, but in the mean time let’s take a long hard look at the fundraising mail The Jesse Helms Center Foundation is sending out to people.


Jesse Helms was the US Senator for North Carolina from 1973 to 2003. The Jesse Helms Center Foundation houses his papers and the museum is host various programs for students and guest speakers.

Mission Statement:
The Jesse Helms Center exists to promote traditional American values and the principles upon which our nation was founded and that Senator Jesse Helms advanced throughout his career. This is accomplished through education, public policy promotion,and historical preservation.The Jesse Helms Center Foundation’s programs are offered at little or no cost to the public. This is made possible by the support of foundations, individuals and corporations who recognize the value of the programs and the non-partisan commitment of the foundation.
How about this:

The Jesse Helms Center Foundation

Stop the U.N. Tax THREAT to Americans!
3,000,000,000 Patriot Survey to STOP the U.N. Tax THREAT to Americans
-and-
Petition Demanding Your Senators REJECT This UN Tax
I am sure many of you are scratching your heads going What?! The UN is hurting for money so they wrote a proposal for various global taxes.  The boogie man in today’s junk mail are taxes that may or may not happen, that were proposed by the mostly toothless UN.

The Jesse Helms Center Foundation

Please complete your personal, registered Patriot Survey to STOP the U.N. Tax THREAT to Americans I’ve enclosed, right away! So I can pressure the U.S. Senate to REJECT the TAX!
Then sign the enclosed REJECT the Unconstitutional U.N. TAX Petitions demanding your two Senators to vote to STOP the greedy U.N. bureaucrats’ plan to impose hundreds of billions in taxes on American citizens– for the first time in history.
Then return your Survey and Petitions to me today so the Jesse Helms Center can expose and stop President Obama’s plan before he sneaks this treaty through the Senate.

The Jesse Helms Center Foundation

ONE: Sign and return your REJECT the Unconstitutional U.N. TAX Petitions. I’ve sent you four Senate Petitions: One for each of your two Senators and one for each of the Senate’s majority leaders, Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn. Your Petitions urge McConnell and Cornyn to REJECT the  U.N.’s tax on Americans.
TWO: Complete your enclosed Patriot Survey to STOP the U.N. Tax THREAT to Americans and return it to me today. The Jesse Helms Center will send the results of the survey to key national news outlets, especially conservative talk radio, so they can expose this tax scheme and help us STOP the UN TAX.
THREE: Make a tax-deductible donation of $15, $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1000 or more to the Jesse Helms Center to help fund our massive grassroots and media campaign to pressure ALL Senators – old and new! – to reject this U.N.’s tax scheme.

The Jesse Helms Center Foundation

Did the font just get bigger?!

The Jesse Helms Center Foundation

We are half way through and we need to stop and take a break. A few things I would like to point out:
The Printing: The font size is bigger than your average letter. It gets really big on page 3
The liberal use of ALL CAPS, Bold, Italic, and Underline.
The repetitive nature of the letter. They repeat the “3 part plan” on every page. Twice on page 4.

The Jesse Helms Center Foundation

Here is the Patriot Survey to STOP the U.N. Tax THREAT to Americans. I’m not going to type the questions out. You can read them  yourself.

 

The Jesse Helms Center Foundation

The Jesse Helms Center Foundation

Can anyone tell me where to put my CREDIT CARD INFORMATION?

In the body of the letter they were asking for “$1000 or more”. But now the top dollar amount they are asking for is $500. You have to be consistent with this stuff people. You just cost yourself a $1000 donation.

I also find the “I can’t make a donation right now but here is $9 to deliver my petitions.” very interesting. Even though they can’t get a lot of money out of you today, you are still interacting with the mail. You are telling them that you may donate in the future, or to some other cause.  Is $9 the cost of processing one check these days? They might break even on processing this transaction, but by the time they sell you to other mailing lists the may get their money back. Maybe. But that is for a real reporter to look into.

The Jesse Helms Center Foundation

And finally the REJECT the Unconstitutional U.N. TAX Petitions that we have been hearing so much about.

If the people that process the checks for the The Jesse Helms Center Foundation, operate the same way as the ones who process the checks for psychic scams the “Patriot Survey to STOP the U.N. Tax THREAT to Americans” and the “REJECT the Unconstitutional U.N. TAX Petitions” will be tossed in the trash once they get the credit card information off of it, or grab the check out of the envelope.


If all of this seems familiar or formulaic it is because The Jesse Helms Center Foundation uses American Target Advertising for their direct mail. I have written about American Target Advertising here and I also reviewed  America’s Right Turn by Richard A. Viguerie (the founder of American Target Advertising). While American Target Advertising is not listed in The Jesse Helms Center Foundation‘s IRS 990’s (you can find them on their Charity Navigator page.) American Target Advertising did fundraising for Mr. Helms when he was alive, and the mailing list for The Jesse Helms Center Foundation is listed on Viguerie Political Lists website.

I will pull out the best part of Mr. Viguerie’s book America’s Right Turn. He outlines how movement starts and why that movement would want to use “alternative media” to get their message out.

 Issues that motivate:

A perceived crisis

Threats to a way of life

Idealistic revulsion against corruption

Idealistic projections of a better life

Then you need:

A dedicated vanguard

Self-identification as a movement

Communication networks

Money to fund the revolution

Let’s see if this letter checks off all the boxes:
  • A perceived crisis: “Stop the U.N. Tax THREAT to Americans!”
  • Threats to a way of life: The U.N. is going to tax us $4 billion.
  • Idealistic revulsion against corruption: “This new tax would make the U.N. less dependent on dues from donor nations. And that Would make the U.N. bureaucrats even more unaccountable, more arrogant and more powerful than they are now.”
  • Idealistic projections of a better life: ??? This letter doesn’t talk about what will happen once the bad guys are overthrown.
  • A dedicated vanguard: The Jesse Helms Center Foundation, “pro-sovereignty patriots like you”, 3 million Americans, Internet “warriors”
  • Self-identification as a movement: The Jesse Helms Center Foundation, pro-sovereignty patriots like you”
  • Communication networks:  “We will survey 3 million American patriots and share the results with media outlets.”
  • Money to fund the revolution: Make a tax-deductible donation of $15, $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1000 or more

I almost had a junk mail BINGO, but they just had to be negative the whole letter.

A few more things you should look for in a mailpiece like this are:

  • How many pages is the pitch? (A milti-page pitch in a mailpiece will pull in more money than a one page pitch will. ) 4
  • Who are the good guys?:The Jesse Helms Center Foundation, pro-sovereignty patriots like you”.
  • Who are the bad guys?: The U.N. and Obama
  • Sense of urgency: “Please complete your personal, registered Patriot Survey to STOP the U.N. Tax THREAT to Americans I’ve enclosed, right away! ” and “return your Survey and Petitions to me today
  • Interaction with the mail:  Fill out the “REJECT the Unconstitutional U.N. TAX Petitions” and the  “Patriot Survey to STOP the U.N. Tax THREAT to Americans

The only goal of this mailpiece is to scare and upset a person so that they will send money to fight against whatever cause is in the letter. The combination of the size of the font, the liberal use of bolding important talking points, and repeating those talking points over and over, lead me to believe that this mailpiece is aimed at an elderly person.

The big question I have is Why? Why is this mailpiece coming from the The Jesse Helms Center Foundation and not The UN Sucks Foundation?  Do they have so little confidence in the mission of their foundation, that they have to go so wildly off topic to raise money? Is the cause of getting young people interested in government not good enough? Is digitizing a collection not a sexy enough topic to get people to pull out their checkbooks? If I lived in the town of Wingate, NC I would be a member just for the speakers they bring to town. Why are they spreading fear, when they could be spreading the positivity of what the foundation does every day.

Let’s return to Mr. Viguerie’s book America’s Right Turn for the answer:

Even in the environmental arena, where liberals have had so much success, Warwick sees nuances others might miss: “Certain issues strike a responsive cord with the public, and others don’t.  I mean, some of the worst problems we face in many communities in the country come from toxic spills and solid waste management. Yet it is virtually impossible to raise money around those issues-at least in ‘cold mail’ [prospect mail]. Whereas, if you want to save the rainforest, or cuddle pandas, it’s another story altogether.”

So the core mission of The Jesse Helms Center Foundation is the junk mail equivalent of a toxic spill, and “STOP the U.N. Tax THREAT to Americans” is like cuddling a panda Got it.


This space is normally where I tell everyone how to get off the mailing list of whom ever I’m talking about. Instead I’m going to ask for help. If you know who to call or email to get off the mailing list for the The Jesse Helms Center Foundation, comment or email me darthjenni@gmail.com.

I received another mailpiece from them in July. At that time I filed complaints with the California Attorney General and the DMA with no effect.

In the week since I received this mailpiece I have sent a webmail to the The Jesse Helms Center Foundation, emailed John Dodd johndodd@jessehelmscenter.org. I have sent a webmail to American Target Advertising, and I have also sent a webmail to Viguerie Political Lists, and left a message with Marty Anderson who does list management for them.

It shouldn’t be this hard to stop junk mail.

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Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail 7 pieces

All 7 pieces
I am back from my trip to the desert. While I was out I got a great comment from Lorraine part of it read: “I wrote a letter directly to the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre and was told when I called 10 days later that she was off the list.” Good for you Lorraine.

While I was out only 7 pieces of mail showed up.  This month is the end for a whole bunch of groups.
March Calendar


United States Justice Foundation USJF
2 from United States Justice Foundation. Charity NavigatorSource Watch page. Opt-out here or call (760) 788-6624. Also op-out through Response Unlimited. The USJF has ignored me so I sent a complaint to the DMA a few weeks ago. I sent another web mail and mentioned that I will never give them money, lo and behold I got a response back! Mail from them should stop in April.

Senior Citizens League
The Senior Citizens League a special project of The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA), Open Scerets page, opt-out here info@tsclhq.org (email bounced back) and call 800-333-8725 also email TREA here and call 800-338-9337 Their fundraisers are Jeremy Squire and AssociatesProduction Management GroupDirect Mail Processors Inc, Wiland Direct, RMI Direct

Traditional Values Coalition
Traditional Values Coalition run by Rev. Louis P. Sheldon  and his daughter Andrea Lafferty Wiki page, Washington State page  Open Secrets page, Charity Navigator page (no rating) opt-out here (714)520-0300 (no pick up) tvcca@traditionalvalues.org (no reply). They want to be “the religious conservative alternative to the ultraliberal AARP.” TVC is listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for it’s anti-gay views. Andrea Lafferty is proud of this and wears it like a badge of honor. American Target Advertising is their fundraiser. They also use Maureen Otis’s American Caging email maureen@americancaging.com and call (281) 277-0079.

Center for the American Future
Center for the American FutureWashington State page, Charity Navigator page (not rated) Opt-out here Info@centerfortheamericanfuture.com and call (281) 803-9451

Abraham Lincoln Foundation for Public Policy Research
Abraham Lincoln Foundation for Public Policy Research, Washington State page, Charity Navigator page (not rated). Opt-out here contactus@lincolnreview.com (703) 759-4278. I got no response from either. I sent a complaint to the DMA.


America Grant Network
America Grant Network PO Box 3211 New York NY 10008. Run by Robert Newhart. Just send in $34.95 and he will tell you how to get free money from the government. This is one of the great canards of scam junk mail. They have an F from the BBB. Multiple Rip-off Reports. If you really need financial help from the government go to USA.gov and they can point you in the right direction. Or go to Unclaimed.org to find unclaimed money in closed bank accounts. Do not try to cash the check in the mailpiece. More than likely it won’t work, but in case it does, it will give Robert Newhart access to your bank account. If you want to stop this type of junk mail fill out a form 1500.

Drowning in Junk Mail – This week in Junk Mail 14 pieces

All 14 pieces of junk mail

This was a bad week, in terms of junk mail. I haven’t gotten this much mail in a week, since before the new year.

The lady who’s mail this is died last week. This completely changes the way I will handle mail from now on. No more form 1500’s (Unless they are going to step 2, because F those guys) No more complaints to the DMA. My mantra has changed from “Take me off your mailing list” to “Deceased she is dead”. I have already filled out the DMA’s Deceased Do Not Contact Registration form, acxiom’s opt-out page has a box you can check if you are opting-out a deceased person opt-out here, and I called Epsilon.com AKA Abacus (888) 780-3869 to tell them she has passed. All that will take 3 months to take effect. I went down to my local post office to find out how to permanently stop her mail. I will do that when her estate is settled. Don’t worry all of that will get it’s own blog post when I do the last step.


7 political junk mail
7 pieces of political junk mail

2 from Freedom Watch
2 from Freedom Watch run by Larry Klayman. Wiki page. To opt-out call (310) 595-0800 and email leklayman@gmail.com If they blow you off, do what I had to do and send a complaint to the DMA. Junk mail from them should stop in April.

Eugene Delgaudio Public Advocate of the United States
Hon. Eugene Delgaudio Public Advocate of the United States, Wiki page, Rational Wiki page, Open Secrets page, Daily Kos blog about corruption charges. Opt out here and call (703) 845-1808

Conservative StrikeForce
Conservative StrikeForceOpen Secrets page. Opt-out here info@conservativestrikeforce.com and call (888) 295-6480. Also opt-out from Base Connect

Project Veritas
Project Veritas run by James O’Keefe Charity Navigator page (unrated) opt-out here info@theprojectveritas.com and call (914) 908-2300 it was like calling a frat house. I received no response from an email I sent months ago so I sent a complaint to the DMA. I am starting to think that they may not know how to take someone off their mailing list.  Base Connect is mentioned in their 2011 IRS filing.

Eagle Forum
Eagle Forum, Wiki page, run by Phyllis Schlafly. Ballotpedia page, Open Secrets page, Opt-out here eagle@eagleforum.org and call (618) 462-5415. Also out-out from American Target Advertising. Compare to Project Veritas: O yes I got your email this morning, it has been taken care of.

Abraham Lincoln Foundation for Public Policy Research
Abraham Lincoln Foundation for Public Policy Research no website, Washington State page. Opt-out here novpne@verizon.net or call (703) 759-4599. I got no response from either. I sent a complaint to the DMA.


3 charities
3 charities

Waterkeeper Alliance
Waterkeepers Alliance, Wiki page, Charity Navigator page opt-out here info@waterkeeper.org and call (212) 747-0622.

St. Joseph's Indian School
St. Joseph’s Indian School opt-out here saintjosephs@stjo.org. Apparently it takes 9000 days to get off their mailing list.

Help Our Wounded
Help Our Wounded, opt-out here or call (888) 377 7964. Mail from them should stop in March


4 scams
4 scams.

Dr. David Williams
Dr. David Williams 700 Indian Springs Dr. Lancaster PA 17601. Normally I would have sent in a form 1500.

GuidePosts
GuidePosts PO Box 5818 Harlan IA 51593 While not technically a scam, anything that takes a complaint to the DMA to make them stop, is crossing into scam territory. Also opt-out from InfoCision.

Balboa Mailing Company
Balboa Mailing Company
Balboa Mailing Company George Taylor 510 W, Broadway STE 800 San Diego CA 92101. Opt-out info@moneymailerprogram.com no reply, or call (619) 760-0570 it is just a pre-recorded message about how great their program is. Send in a form 1500 to make them stop.

Sweepstakes Clearing House going to step 2
Sweepstakes Clearing House 2000 E Lemar Blvd Arlington TX 76006. I sent in a form 1500 last June. They are going to step 2.


4 pieces of mail ready to go

4 mailpieces that are ready to go.

 

 

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

All 2 pieces

Why am I madder at getting 2 pieces than I was at getting 150?

These 2 pieces set me back to 0. The goal right now is to go a month with out any junk mail with her name on it. I have gone 8 days with no junk mail in the past. It is time to go to the next level.

The DMA Ethics office is mad at me for all the complaints I sent in. Whatever DMA. You made this mess, now you get to clean it up.


2 pieces of junk mail
Meet the 2 pieces of junk mail that came this week.

Prevention Magazine booklet ad
Prevention Magazine booklet ad

An ad for Prevention Magazine call (800) 813-8070. When I called I found out that she had a subscription in the past. The CSR had no knowledge of this little booklet and thinks it might be a part of a church fundraiser. She lives near a church and gave to them regularly. It would not surprise me if she bought a magazine subscription from the church during a fundraiser.


Help Hospitalized Veterans

Help Hospitalized Veterans hhv@hhv.org or call (951) 926-4500

This Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV) Craft Kit was sent to you as an expression of care and appreciation for your service to our country by the person(s) whose name appears below. If you would like to drop them a note of thanks, please use the reverse side.

Help Hospitalized Veterans

Was Delivered at Grand Junction CO Community Based Arts & Crafts Center by an HHV Craft Care Specialist.

 

Thank you for the wooden wishing well kit.

There is not much I can do about this postcard. It is in a closet somewhere attached to a craft kit of some kind. I may be seeing these for years :/

Charity Navigator page. I have been doing this project so long that their rating has changed. The last time I checked on them, they were so bad that Charity Navigator had slapped a Donor Advisory on them. Charity Navigator has processed the newest IRS 990’s and bumped them up to 1 star.

HHV’s fundraising is done by American Target Advertising opt-out here. If that doesn’t work call (703) 392-7676 and American Mailing Lists Corporation (571) 292-5806 

AC360 report on Help Hospitalized Veterans.

 

Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail 6 pieces

All 6 pieces

I feel silly blogging about 6 pieces of junk mail. But the dramatic tension is growing. Can I make the junk mail stop for a month? I am on the edge of my mailbox with anticipation.

The good thing about only 6 pieces, is that I have more time to really talk about these last few junk mailers. This week doesn’t disappoint.


Citizens to Protect Senior's Security a project of Christian Seniors Association a project of Traditional Values Coalition

Citizens to Protect Senior’s Security a project of Christian Seniors Association a project of Traditional Values Coalition. That is a mouth full let’s break down the many layers of this group.
All of these groups are controled by one family: the Sheldons. The dad Rev. Louis P. Sheldon  and the daughter Andrea Lafferty run Traditional Values Coalition, Wiki page, Washington State page  Open Secrets page, Charity Navigator page (no rating) opt-out here (714)520-0300 (no pick up) tvcca@traditionalvalues.org. They want to be “the religious conservative alternative to the ultraliberal AARP.”

They also have the Christian Seniors Association  it is the lobbying arm of TVC. It is run by Andrea Lafferty and her husband Jim Lafferty (202)547-4400 (no pick up) Memberservices@christianseniorsassociation.org.

Citizens to Protect Senior’s Security is a division of Christian Seniors Association that focuses on Obama care, and anything else that scares seniors into giving money.

TVC is listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for it’s anti-gay views. Andrea Lafferty is proud of this and wears it like a badge of honor.

American Target Advertising is their fundraiser.


Faith & Freedom Coalition
Faith and Freedom Coalition, Wiki page, Open Secrets page, Charity Navigator page, opt-out here  info@ffcoalition.com I have already emailed them with no answer. They did pick the phone (770) 622-1501.

This one is her membership dues renewal notice for 2015. They are very proud of the different ways they harassed people last year:

  • 17.5 million voter education letters. That were tossed in the trash.
  • Made 10 million get-out-the-vote, harassing phone calls.
  • Distributed 20 million voter guides to 117,000 churches. That were put in that free flyers spot that every church has, then tossed out after the election.
  • Emailed and texted 4.6 voters. That went strait to their junk mail boxes.
  • Ran 16 million online video ads. That were blocked by Ad Blocker.
  • Deployed hundreds of volunteers who visited 500,00 homes, and had the door slammed in their faces.

American Target Advertising is their fundraiser.


U.S. English inc
U.S. English INC , Wiki page, GuideStar page, Open Secrets page, Source Watch page, Opt-out here (202) 833-0100 or (800) 787-8216 online contact form. The lady who picked up sounded very tired. It must be very stressful working for racists.


Environmental Defense Fund
Environmental Defense Fund, Wiki page, Charity Navigator page, opt out here or call (800) 684-3322. Their fundraisers are Integral ResourcesPublic Interest Communications, Strategic Fundraising Their mail should stop in February.


Kaplan Real Estate Education
Kaplan Real Estate Education, My gal has been a licensed realtor since at least 1971. I will probably have to wait for her realtor license to run out before the reality junk mail stops.


Platinum Acquisitions scam
Rob Leonard’s The Green Sheet scam
Platinum Acquisitions INC. 228 W Lincoln HWY #133 Schereville, IN 46375
They have bought and tested all the MLM and Pyramid scams for you. Just send them $20, and they will tell you how to make letters like this one to take peoples money. One of the phrases caught my eye: “Massive Profits In Sports & Concerts” that is the same pitch used by this little post card:

3 scams

Mysterious “Backwoods Millionaire” Finally reveals his $5,000,000,00 Secret go to this website: Something4Nothing.com  Massive Profits in Sports and Concerts they want $59 a month. This is a scam run by Jim “Jimbo” Walters of Platinum Acquisitions INC. 228 W US HWY 30 #133, Schererville, IN 46375. Opt-out here He must be the king of the “Get rick quick” scam these are other scams he runs:

Did Jim “Jimbo” Walters change his name to Rob Leonard? Inquiring minds want to know.

I found no other mention of Rob Leonard or The Green Sheet on the internet. I feel kinda special. I am the fist one to talk about this scam. If you get this scam in the mail, fill out a form 1500 and send it to New York. That is the only way to stop junk mail like this. It is a scam you will not make any money.


4 that will be getting a DMA Complaint
These 4 from last week are getting a DMA Complaint

1 form 1500
Rob Leonard’s The Green Sheet getting a form 1500

Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail 19 pieces

All 19 pieces

Yes, I got more mail this week than last week, but only one mailpiece from St. Joseph’s. They have dropped the crazy misspelling of her name from their mailing list.


Traditional Values Coalition
2 from Traditional Values Coalition, Wiki page, Open Secrets page opt-out here also opt-out with American Target Advertising and Response Unlimited.

This should be the last I see of the Lafferty family and their junk mail empire.


Random Political junk mail
Random political junk mail


7 charities
7 charities

far_side_jane_goodall1

I am sick of that blond tramp and her chimps


5 Scams
5 scams

  • Easy Rest Adjustable Sleep System 10 Canal St STE 336 Bristol PA 19007-9923
  • Unclaimed Reward (877) 258-2820 They are holding $100 in savings good at Wal-Mart Target and many more. I wish they had an address on the postcard so I could make it stop.
  • MCM Fun (Mike Carner Marketing) Postcard Mailers PO Box 1385 Orangevale CA 95662-1385 Give the gift of junk mail! Become a spam machine! Fill everyone’s mail box with more crap they don’t want! Scam.com chat about MCM. The BBB gives them an F.
  • Finkelstein & Partner PO Box 400 NL-1380 AK Weep Netherlands. They have changed their address it used to be PO Box 3030 NL-1620 GA Hoorn Netherlands. There is a real law firm called Finkelstein & Partners they have had to put up an alert on their website because of the scammers.
  • Chapel Hill Medtherapy Labs PO Box 560787 Dallas TX 75356-9754

2 stuffed and ready to go
2 stuffed and ready to go

3 getting a form 1500
Easy Rest Adjustable Sleep SystemMCM Fun (Mike Carner Marketing) Postcard Mailers, and Chapel Hill Medtherapy Labs are getting a form 1500

Leftovers
Leftovers

crafting with junk mail
And a sneak peek of a Christmas craft that will involve junk mail

Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail 25 pieces

There has been a casualty in the war on junk mail. I dropped my precious camera while taking photos of junk mail. It was an Olympus E-PM1 in purple. It will cost more to fix it that I can get one used. 😦

The same camera that did this:
Inyo National Forest, Papoose Flat, Arch
also took 99% of the photos on this blog.

R.I.P E-PM1

R.I.P E-PM1

Don’t worry about the blog, I have a back-up camera that will pick up the slack.


St. Joseph's Indian School 2014 Christmas Appeal
David Fitzpatrick and Drew Griffin of CNN did a story about our good friends at St. Joseph’s Indian School. A different CNN reporter Melanie Hicken Melanie.Hicken@turner.com, is looking for junk mail stories. She has fallen down the junk mail rabbit hole with me. Her focus is on senior issues, retirement, and big data.


All 25 pieces
25 pieces this week. I hate it when I go backwards. The next big drop should be the second week in December. That is when InfoCision and American Target Advertising should drop me.

United States Justice Foundation
2 from United States Justice Foundation. Charity Navigator,  Source Watch page opt-out here. Also opt-out through Response Unlimited.

Ted Cruz Victory Committee
2 from the Ted Cruz Victory Committee (Find the Best page) a joint fundraising committee authorized by and composed of Ted Cruz for Senate (Open Secrets page) and the Jobs Growth and Freedom Fund (Open Secrets page). Opt-out here info@tedcruz.org

3 from American Target Advertising
3 from American Target Advertising

Random Political Junk Mail
Random Political junk mail


5 Charities
8 charities:

Great Ape trifecta
and the great ape trifecta

Please rush my chimpmas gift into action!
You are not seeing things the Save the Chimps envelope really says “Please rush my Chimpmas gift into action!”


5 scams


Stuffed and ready to go
Envelopes stuffed and ready to go

Great Ape stuffed envelopes
I wrote a special note to Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International and stuffed it with the other chimp charities.

2 form 1500's
2 form 1500’s are going to New York. They are Chad Chiniquy’s  Find, Fund, and Flip System and Guardian Entertainment Group

Leftovers
Leftovers

 

 

Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail 14 pieces

All 14 pieces

I hope all of you enjoyed my 2 part Big Data extravaganza part 1, part 2. Let’s get back to the everyday nightmare of stopping junk mail. Only 14 pieces this week.

The letters I sent to the DMA are coming back:
Letters from the DMA to Carl Olson and Jerome Corsi

This one is to Carl Olson and Jerome Corsi of State Department Watch

This letter is concerning a complaint that the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) has received regarding mail pieces being sent from your organization to the above-named consumer. In our ongoing effort to build trust and be responsive to the consumers of the direct marketing industry, we are forwarding this complaint to you for your response.

Ms. [name] [relationship], Jennifer Bell, has tried repeatedly to remove her elderly [relationship] name and address from your organization’s mailing lists but has not been successful in having her requests honored. Please see enclosed correspondence. Ms. Bell has asked us to contact your organization to request that you remove her [relationship] name and address from your in-house mailing. Prospect and share lists.

The Direct Marketing Association encourages all marketers to adhere to its self-regulatory Guidelines for Ethical Business Practice and its Commitment to Consumer Choice (CCC) program http://www.dmaresponsibility.org/ and Compliance Center http://thedma.org/compliance/. This includes promptly honoring individual opt-out requests, whether the individual is a customer or prospective customer. Our guidelines require that you keep a list of consumers who have asked not to hear from you and remove them from lists you mail to, share or rent.

We ask your cooperation in complying with the consumer’s request in a timely manner. We would appreciate it if you respond directly to Ms. Bell and provide us with a copy of your response.

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.

Sincerely,

Lisa Brown Shosteck
DMA Corporate & Social Responsibility Department
lshosteck at the-dma dot org

Aww Snap! Lisa Brown Shosteck just laid down a can of woop ass from the DMA. BTW Lisa keep this letter on your computer, your gonna need it a few more times. I hope Carl Olson and Jerome Corsi write to me saying they are sorry for sending me so much junk mail. But I am not holding my breath. If this works I will make a blog post about it. In this case I will give State Department Watch until Christmas week. Anything after that and I will tell Lisa on them.


2 from Base Connect
2 from Base Connect

2 from ATA
2 from  American Target Advertising

Random Political Junk Mail
Random political junk mail


2 charities
2 charities


3 scams
4 scams

Arthritis Trust of America going to step 2
And The Arthritis Trust of America PO Box 7003 Merrifield VA 22116-7003. This is a scam charity that has a scam sweepstakes attached to it. #48 Worst Charities in America. It is going to step 2 with the USPS.


3 pre paid envelopes
3 pre-paid envelops

2 pieces of junk mail getting a form 1500
2 mailpieces going to the Pricing and Classification Center in New York

leftovers
Leftovers

 

Drowning in Junk Mail – How to Opt-out of Junk Mail from American Target Advertising

Today’s direct marketing firm is American Target Advertising, they also have the website Non-Profit Prosperity.com.

Contact them here. If that doesn’t work call (703) 392-7676

The company was founded in 1965 by Richard Viguerie using a mailing list made up of 12,500 of Barry Goldwater`s $50-plus donors. He went down to the clerk of the House of Representatives with a gaggle of secretaries to write down Barry Goldwater’s donors who gave $50 or more. Out of 15,000 names they only got 12,500, before someone kicked them out. That list of names became the backbone of his direct mail firm, The Viguerie Company that became American Target Advertising. Mr. Viguerie has spun off his marketing techniques in to a class, so you can do them yourself Viguerie Marketing Institute. He has also written a book about direct mail marketing America’s Right Turn.

Direct marketing firms all share/sell their mailing lists with each other. Groups who I opted-out of months ago started popping up again. That tells me she was being sold back on to the list. Or I was getting 2 of the same mailpiece in the same week and got it down to one. There was a list above what I had gotten her off of. That lead me to the history of direct mail and Mr. Viguerie. I am sure my gal has been on this guy’s list since the 1970’s.

Like Mr. Viguerie I am using the Federal Election Commission  and the IRS as a tool. Only this time it is to find out who his clients are so I can make mail from American Target Advertising stop. Between Charity Navigator and Open Secrets I have taught myself how to dig into the boat loads of paper that charities and PACs have to file. American Target Advertising is a classy firm that doesn’t blab about their clients on their website. I had to dive into documents that can be hundreds of pages long, to pull out who does the fundraising for each one.


Here are some of their clients:

Eagle Forum
Eagle Forum, Wiki page, run by Phyllis Schlafly. Ballotpedia page, Open Secrets page, Charity Navigator page. Opt-out here eagle@eagleforum.org

Phyllis Schlafly and Richard Viguerie have been friends since the 1960’s. He uses her take down of the Equal Rights Amendment as a case study in his book America’s Right Turn. It is a perfect example of someone using alternative media, to get people who otherwise are on opposite sides of the room, to come together for a common cause.

2 from Faith and Freedom Coalition
Faith and Freedom Coalition, Wiki page, Open Secrets page, Charity Navigator page, opt-out here INFO@FFCOALITION.COM

2 from CatholicVote.org
Catholic Vote, Wiki page, Open Secrets page a project of Fedelis Open Secrets page. Opt-out here info@catholicvote.org

The Jesse Helms Center Foundation
Jesse Helms Center,  Wiki page. Charity Navigator page Opt-out here.

Traditional Values Coalition
Traditional Values Coalition, Wiki page, Open Secrets page, Charity Navigator page (no rating) opt-out here

Christian Seniors Association
Christian Seniors Association sister organization to Traditional Values Coalition

Liberty Guard
Liberty Guard, run by Bob BarrCharity Navigator page

Conservative Caucus
Conservative Caucus, Wiki page, Charity Navigator page

If I find more clients I will add them.