Drowning in Junk Mail – This Month in Junk Mail – July, 10 pieces

I have been in contact with a few reporters in the last few months. One of them was finally able to squeeze me in one of their pieces.

When Will Tucker from Open Secrets called me, and told me who was going to be the focus of his write up, I was tickled. He chose Scott B. Mackenzie. Mr. Mackenzie and ForthRight Strategy have got to be the biggest villains in direct mail. The republican establishment has gone as far to say that if you use them to run your direct mail campaign that you will not be backed by the national party.

The best part of being mentioned in Mr. Tucker’s piece is, a few days after it went live, I was contacted by Mr. Mackenzie. He offered to take her off all of his client’s mailing lists. I sent a reply so fast I think I burned some internet servers.


All 10 pieces of junk mail

This month she only got 10 pieces of junk mail. Last July she got about 220 pieces of junk mail.


3 from Citizen Guardian

The clear winner for the month was Citizen Guardian. 3 pieces came in July. This is very, very, bad. Junk mail from them should have stopped in June. I will talk about my fight with Citizen Guardian and Engage Direct Mail in another post. Let’s just say it got real.

Citizen Guardian phone number (202) 469-3433 and (540) 630-6400 leave a message, and email info@CitizenGuardian.org no reply. Citizen Audit page, Open Secrets page. Their mail is made by Engage Direct Mail Opt-out here and email info@uscomplianceservices.com. Junk mail from them should stop in October.


Second Amendment Foundation

Second Amendment Foundation, Wiki page, run by Alan Gottlieb. SourceWatch page for Mr. Gottlieb. Great article about Alan GottliebCharity Navigator page. Opt-out here: Call (425) 454-7012 or email info@saf.org. It will take 90 days to be dropped from their mailing list.


Ben Carson Carson America

Dr. Ben Carson we really should stop meeting like this. What if Rand Paul catches us together?

Official campaign websiteBallotpedia page, Open Secrets page, P2016 page.

Ben Carson Lithograph

Oh Ben you dream boat, sending little old me photos for my scrapbook. It reminds me of Judy Garland singing to Clark Gable:

Here Ben I wrote this for you:

Dear Dr. Carson,

I am writing this to you
And I hope that you will read it so you’ll know
My stomach feels so queasy
When the mail you send is sleazy
Every time I see you in my mailbox
And I am getting out the Maalox.

You made me donate to you,
I didn’t wanna to do it, I didn’t wanna to do it
You made me donate to you,
And all the time you knew it, even when I said “Just screw it”.

You say Obamacare is an awful thing,
A doctor like yourself shouldn’t say anything!

Fox News is a joke,
But I didn’t want to tell you, you don’t want to hear me tell you.
I thought you’d have a clue,
Yes, I do, deed I do, you know I do.

You’ve separated twins and you have held a human brain,
But donors to your campaign are still insane.

You made me donate to you!

To opt-out: the Contact page has a webmail form. Don’t even bother, all that happens is you are put on their email spam list. I wound up tweeting to @Mike_Murray_ his Senior Advisor, whatever that means. I know what you are asking “Why that guy, he isn’t even listed on the Ballotpedia page?” Well he just also happens to be President and CEO of TMA Direct, a direct marketing agency. If nothing else he should know how to get someone off a mailing list. Twitter .

Update: Ben how could you cheat on me like this? I thought we had something special 😦


NAACP

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Wiki page, Charity Navigator page. To opt-out: call (877) NAACP98 that is (877) 622-2798, or the national office (410) 580-5615, or the membership hotline (866) 636-2227.


Homeowner Rights Law Group

Homeowner Rights Law Group (800) 969-4754. This is connected to the mess dealing with the reverse mortgage. Get scammed by a reverse mortgage? We can get you of it. I am not in charge of the reverse mortgage. I just stop the junk mail.


Sweepstakes Clearinghouse

Sweepstakes Clearinghouse 2000 E Lamar Blvd Ste 600 Arlington TX 76006

Are you kidding me? Another one! I have been trying to stop these guys for over a year now. How many ways to I have to tell you to stop? I have all ready taken them to step 2 for a Form 1500. This one came on the heals of last month’s mailpiece so fast that I haven’t had time to send the other one out.


American Bill Money
American Bill Money

American Bill Money PO Box 4008, Portsmouth VA 23701 (757) 455-3551 Ripoff Report page. This is your basic postcard chain letter pyramid scam. Do not bother calling. They will refuse to remove you from their mailing lists. They do not take responsibility for what their clients do. Fill out a Form 1500 to make them stop.


Young America's Foundation Reagan Ranch

Reagan Ranch from the Young Americas Foundation Wiki page Source Watch page Charity Navigator page. Contact page and call 1-800-USA-1776. Their mail is made by HSP Direct and Eberle Associates

Hay! Do you remember that cool calendar we send you last month?

Reagan Ranch from Young America's Foundation
Do I? Of course I do! I love photos of Ronnie!

Well, we want money for sending it to you. The money will go to kids or something so they learn all about St. Ronnie.

Young America's Foundation Reagan Ranch

“Please let me know today that your 2016 Reagan Ranch Calendar arrived. While your calendar was a free gift, I sincerely hope you will consider a generous gift to honor Ronald Reagan.”

Send us money or we will send you more photos of Ronnie looking like a fly pimp.


Huge thanks to my mom for helping with the Ben Carson song.

Drowning in Junk Mail – This week in Junk Mail 5 pieces

April Calendar

Welcome to April! Here is my little calendar with all the groups that should stop this month. Note that Conservative StrikeForce is on there.


All 5 pieces

I am really getting down to the nitty gritty. This week is filled will old friends.

All 5 pieces

Not the kind that you want to have a cup of coffee and a chat with. The kind you need to take out a restraining order on. If you read this blog every week you can’t help but to notice that I cut and paste a lot. It made sense when I was getting over 100 pieces a week. I was spending 20+ hours a week on this blog and I needed some short cuts just to make my self imposed weekly deadline of Tuesday or Wednesday. I haven’t looked up some groups since I did my initial research. For some of them it has almost been a year. That is a lifetime in the direct marketing world. So this week I re-looked up everyone. And I found some changes. They are all still scumbags, that didn’t change.


Western Center for Journalism

Western Center for Journalism. Wiki page. Source Watch page. Run by Floyd Brown Opt-out here and call (623) 217-7766 also opt-out from Response Unlimited

It is apart of Liftable Media Inc witch includes click bait mills liftable.com and thoughtfulwomen.orgBizapedia page, it is entirely run by Floyd Brown and his family. Patrick Brown has put up a slideshow made by Floyd on how to blog. I do everything he talks about, except the monetization.


Abraham Lincoln Foundation for Public Policy Research

Abraham Lincoln Foundation for Public Policy Research AKA Lincoln Institute for Research and Education, PO Box 254, Great Falls, Virginia 22066 Facebook page (no posts since 2011), Washington State page, Charity Navigator page (not rated), Guidestar page. Opt-out here contactus@lincolnreview.com (703) 759-4278. I got no response from either. Did you see that? I finally found a website for them. It has completely different contact information than the junk mail. The contact information listed in the mailpiece is novone@verizon,net and (703) 759-4599 that will get you nowhere.


Conservative StrikeForce

Conservative StrikeForceOpen Secrets page. From Fox Detroit:

“Since 2010, the Conservative Strikeforce has raised nearly $10 million. More than $9 million of the loot was paid to the fundraisers. That means candidates got less than 8 percent of the money donors sent in.”

Opt-out here info@conservativestrikeforce.com and call (888) 295-6480, mailbox was full. Also opt-out from ForthRight Strategy AKA Base Connect. That is right Base Connect changed their name last month. Kimberly Bellissimo and Scott B. MacKenzie have hung up a new shingle to run their fundraising scams. Was it because they are listed as a fundraiser for one of America’s Worst Charities? Or was it because if you use them as the fundraiser for your political campaign, you will no help from the Republican establishment? No, it was because CFO Michael Centanni was caught with child porn. He plead guilty. For those of you keeping track that is the third name for this firm since 2002. I have contacted Conservative StrikeForce and ForthRight Strategy AKA Base Connect already. Normally I would send a complaint to the DMA.

There were a couple of interesting things about this mailpiece. One was the amount of money it asked for: $2.16, $20.16, $200.16, $2106.00.

The other was the pretense of the mailpiece. It is to pick who your Republican Presidential Preference is. The list is: Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Bobby Jindal, Jim Gilmore, Rick Perry, John Kasich, Lindsey Graham, Chris Christie, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Sarah Palin, George Pataki, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Marco Rubio, Undecided and Other. Over the past year I have gotten junk mail from no less than 7 of the people on this list.


American Seniors Against ObamaCare a program of Citizen Guardian

American Seniors Against Obama Care a program of Citizen Guardian, Inc. GuideStar page, Opt-out info@CitizenGuardian.org and call (202) 469-3433. They use Engage Direct Mail and InfoCision.  Mail from them should have stopped last month. Normally I would file a complaint with the DMA.

One part of the letter reads:

At a cost of about 45 cents for the printing and postage to get out petitions into the hands of just one person, I need to raise $450,00 within the next 30 days. And another $950,00 after to intensify the pressure right through June.

I need to stop mail from them before they “intensify the pressure right through June.”


Balboa Mailing Company scam

Balboa Mailing Company scam

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. I have already sent in a form 1500 for these guys, but it won’t kick in until next month.

No pre-paid envelopes, and no form 1500‘s to send out.

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, the week before Christmas 15 pieces

All 15 pieces
I went on Christmas vacation on the 19th and came back on the 29th. So this entry is only going to be for 4 days 12/15-12/18. I am only going to list the junk mail for this week, and the week that I was gone (next blog post). No one is in the office right now, so emails, and phone calls will go unanswered. I will have a email sending, phone calling, form 1500 filling out, DMA complaint sending, envelope stuffing party after the new year.

College Republican National Committee covered in mold
On 12/18 I got a stack of nasty, moldy, old junk mail. I think they were from August. Some of them had a URGENT!! RETURN BY August blah blah date. I am going to ignore these. I have started the process to stop most of them already.


Boehner and RNC

Random Political junk mail


3 from St. Joseph's Indian School
3 from St. Joseph’s Indian School. Ug, I thought I had ditched the crazy misspelling but it is back 😦 It takes a full 90 days for them to stop. Here is hoping this is the last I see of them this year.

2 charities
2 random charities


Logistic Processing scam
1 scam
Logistic Processing PB 5 Fagotweg 6 4330 AA Middelburg Holland

I read about how the scammers will tell their victims not to talk about the scam and all the money the vicim is sending out. I have been on the look out for a good example. This letter has a great one:

“First, you must promise never to divulge the source of your next Fortune, because Mr. X knows from experience that you risk losing everything. That is why he is asking you to keep this a secret.”

That is where I am going to stop today. Tune in tomorrow to see what came while I was out galavanting in Utah.

Drowning in Junk Mail – This week in Junk Mail 20 pieces

All 20 pieces

The month of December has been interesting so far. The political junk mail has almost disappeared and the charity junk mail has ramped up.

I also finished my junk mail Christmas tree in true Drowning in Junk Mail style.
Junk Mail Christmas Tree
The ornaments are from St. Joseph’s Indian School. I also stuck some membership cards in between the “branches”. If I have time this week I will give it a full write up.


2 from Guideposts
2 from Guideposts. They should have stopped sending stuff in October. And I should have also been dropped from InfoCision. Time to send in a complaint to the DMA.

4 Random Political Junk Mail
4 random political junk mail


9 Charities
9 charities


4 Scams
4 scams. Everyone is getting a form 1500 or a follow up on one.

  • Mountain View Publishers PO Box 6760 Broomfield CO 80021 It is a wanna be Publishers Clearing House. And yes, I included the dollar bill in the package to the USPS. If the people that process the Prohibitory Orders want it, they can have it.
  • National Veterans Services Fund formerly Vietnam Veterans Agent Orange Victims PO Box 97046 Washington DC 20090 Opt-out here support@NVSF.org. Charity Navigator page Zero stars. Number 8 on the Tampa Bay Times Worst Charities in America list. They included a sweepstakes in their mailer, that is why I can use a form 1500 on them.
  • The Moskowitz Report, info@TheMoskowitzReport.com (that email will just bounce back). They ignored my Prohibitory Order so they get to go to step 2
  • Provident Financial Group LLC 3017 Village Office PL Champagin IL 61822, 877-661-6030 231, Queens Rd Dublin IR, 100 Mandela Wy Capetown South Africa. DO NOT CASH THIS CHECK! It will give them access to your account and they will take money out.

3 stuffed and ready to go
3 pre-paid envelopes stuffed and ready to go

4 scams getting a form 1500
The 4 form 1500‘s ready to go

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 – This Week in Junk Mail 28 pieces

All 28 pieces

It was a short week, this week with Labor Day on Monday. And like me the junk mail also took a short vacation. Only 28 mailpieces this week. You can really tell who the most thirsty groups are in short weeks like this one.


Response Unlimited
2 from random unrelated pieces of junk mail

Base Connect
2 from Base Connect:

RNC
2 from the GOP:

Thanks to Senate Conservatives Fund, Wiki page, Open Secrets page for the stickers. I put one in the pre-paid envelope for Republican Congressional Committee.

Random Political junk mail
Random political junk mail:


Charities
3 Charities:


scams
5 Scams:

  • Dr. Stephen Sinatra MD Cardiologist 95 Old Shoals rd Arden, NC 28704
  • Physicians’ Mind & Memory Alert
  • Health Today 30 Ryan CT STE 100 Monterey CA 93940
  • Mike Caruana’s Lotto Magic PO Box 8175 Van Nuys CA 91499-4139. It is a MLM, Group lottery scam.
  • North American Prize Compiling Associates PO Box 190 Old Westbury NY 11568. I have had trouble shaking these guys, between the 2 addresses (the other is PO Box 422 Old Bethpage NY 11804) and the multiple variations of her name that are floating around, this will be the 4th form 1500 I have sent out for this one scam.

19 pre paid envelopes stuffed and ready to go
19 pre-paid envelopes ready to go out. Remember this is both this week and last week’s envelopes.

Scams
6 scams going to New York. This is also 2 week’s worth of scams. Those aren’t tears of joy at having so few mailpieces this week. It started to sprinkle during my photo shoot.

left overs
Left overs

Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail 48 pieces

All 45 pieces

I have stalled. I am stuck at 40-50 pieces a week. I don’t expect to drop again until the end of the month when the junk mail from Base Connect stops. I am taking a photo of every mailpiece in PaperKarma. I have entered over 140 different companies since I stated using PaperKarma in late July. A human from the DMA got back to me. They want people to mail in a formal complaint. I am going to try and get an e-mail address out of them.


2 in one day
The 2 in 1 day club

Response Unlimited
8 from Response Unlimited

DNC junk mail
4 from the Democrats

Survey time!!
DNC Survey
Just incase you haven’t figured out how I fill them out, I answer the opposite of what they want, then make junk mail the most important topic in America.

Engage Direct Mail junk mail
3 from Engage Direct Mail

The Senior Citizens League, The Social Security & Medicare Advisor
2 from The Senior Citizens League.  After being threatened with it in other mailpieces, I finally got at copy of their newsletter The Social Security & Medicare Advisor opt-out here info@tsclhq.org

Random Political Junk Mail
Random political junk mail


Charities
6 charities


Scams
6 scams

  • Douglass Report
  • The Infinity Income Dealership by Alliance Publishing Inc 3011 West 183rd St #342, Homewood, Il 60430. This is a pyramid scheme. You send $97 to Homewood,Il and $100 to the person who actually mailed the letter to you. Chat on RealScam.com, Chat on Scam.com
  • 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
  • Liberty Document Reporting LDR PO Box 190 Old Westbury, NY 11568, PO Box 422 Old Bethpage, NY 11804. This is an advanced fee fraud scam. They want you to send in $21 and they will send you $3,639,921.00
  • National Magazine Exchange Strike it Rich IX Sweepstakes 800-975-8526, 8285 Bryan Dairy Rd Ste 150, Seminole, FL 33777-1306. Tampa Bay Times article about NME
  • C Logistic Processing PB20 4850 AA Ulvenhout Netherlands it is signed by Pippo. This is an advanced fee fraud scam.

I have sent or will send a from 1500 out for all of these scams except for the one from the Netherlands.

Because I went on vacation over the  holiday weekend, I will be processing the form 1500’s and pre-paid envelops next week.

Left overs
Left overs

Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail 45 pieces

All 45 pieces
After a light week in the 20’s last week, I am back into the 40’s. Is under 50 the new normal? I sure hope so.

I finally got through to HSP Direct last week. After trying every backdoor route I could find, they redesigned their website and posted the email addresses for everyone in the company. Including the CEO Jamie Hogan. Junk mail from them should stop sometime in October.


Response Unlimited

6 from Response Unlimited including:

Base Connect
2 from Base Connect

HSP Direct
2 from HSP Direct

National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
3 from National Committee to Preserve Social Security and MedicareWiki page, Open Secrets page. Make sure you opt out twice:  Do not rent my nameNo More Mail.

Republicans asking for money
The Dems are slacking. I only got mail from the GOP this week.

Random Political Junk Mail
Random political junk mail:


6 Charities

6 Charities including:


6 scams

6 scams


Stuffed and ready to go
Envelopes stuffed and ready to go

2 for 1500's ready to go
2 scams ready to go to New York. They both have a sweepstakes as a part of the solicitation

Leftovers
Leftovers

 

Drowning in Junk Mail – How to Opt-Out of Junk Mail from ForthRight Strategy AKA Base Connect

Update: They have changed their name but not their scummy practices, Base Connect is now known as ForthRight Strategy. It is run by all the same people, with all the same clients.

Their new contact information is info@forthrightstrategy.com (bounced back on 4/7/15) (202) 457-1254 my guess is that Kimberly Bellissimo new email is kb@forthrightstrategy.com. It is a valid email but I have not sent anything to it.

When they ignore you, file a complaint with the DMA, the FTC and your state’s  Attorney General. Catalog Choice and PaperKarma do not work on them. Do not waste your time. Go straight to filing complaints.


Today’s direct marketing firm is Base Connect. Wiki page. Opt-out here info@base-connect.com. If that doesn’t work, email the President and CEO Kimberly Bellissimo kb@base-connect.com.

Salon Article from 2010 about Base Connect some PAC’s and treasurer in common: Scott Mackenzie Open Secrets search for Mr. Mackenzie

Base Connect executives have argued that as much as 35 or 40 percent of the money paid to their firm goes directly to postage costs. But even assuming that is true, the firm is still taking five or 10 times as much money in fees as the amount going out to help campaigns — and the donors are still seeing virtually none of their money helping candidates.

The New York Times taking about the shady PAC’s that are connected to Base Connect Part 1, Part 2.

The Dally Caller: The Direct Mail Fundraising Racket: Is It Ethical?Kim B’s baww response. And finally the original reporter’s rebuttal.

Higher ups in the Republican establishment have:

reached out to Republican candidates to make the case that Base Connect, one of the firms with which Mackenzie has been associated, will not provide a good return on investment and has suggested he’d withhold endorsements from candidates who retain the firm.

So if you use Base Connect/ForthRight Strategy you will not get support from the rest of the Republican establishment.

They changed their name because CFO Michael Centanni was caught with child porn. He plead guilty.

Open Secrets contacted me for this article about Scott Mackenzie. My favorite quote is “A charity that reported such high fundraising costs relative to contributions made would face a serious risk of an IRS audit.” But the FEC doesn’t have the authority to audit scam PACs.

USA Today contacted me for their second article about Scott Mackenzie and VIGOP.

Part 1: How the Virgin Islands could decide the GOP presidential nomination
Part 2: PAC donations from elderly donors draw scrutiny


Their clients include:

60 Plus Association
60 Plus, junk mail

Rand Paul for 60+ junk mail

60 Plus junk mail

60 Plus Association, James L. Martin

Important: Barack Obama Set The Death Tax At 40 Percent But Wants An Even Higher Rate, The 60 Plus Association

Wiki page, Source Watch page, Open Secrets page.


Southeastern Legal Foundation

Southeastern Legal Foundation
This has got to be one of the worst designed mailpieces I have gotten in a while. Someone put the main text of the donation page over a ghosted graphic of The Constitution. That makes the page impossible to read for people with bad eyesight. Like the elderly, the very people this mailpiece is aimed at.

Southeastern Legal Foundation

Southeastern Legal Foundation junk mail

Wiki page, Charity Navigator page, Source Watch page


Freedom’s Defense Fund

Freedom's Defence Fund, Jerome Corsi

Jerome Corsi junk mail

Run by Jerome Corsi,  Open Secrets page


Black Republican Fund, Edward Cousar

The Black Republican Fund BRPAC run by Edward Cousar. New York Times article about PACs that raise a lot of money but don’t spend it on candidates, it mentions the Black Republican PAC.


Disabled Police Officers of America Inc., no website

Disabled Police Officers of America

Disabled Police Officers of America

Disabled Police Officers of America Inc. is one of the worst charities in America according to the Tampa Bay Times. Along with shaming the charities they also shame the direct marketing firms that collect the money like Base Connect.


Conservative StrikeForce

Conservative StrikeForceOpen Secrets page. From Fox Detroit:

“Since 2010, the Conservative Strikeforce has raised nearly $10 million. More than $9 million of the loot was paid to the fundraisers. That means candidates got less than 8 percent of the money donors sent in.”

Opt-out here info@conservativestrikeforce.com and call (888) 295-6480


Dick Morris's Stop Hillary Now
Dick Morris’s Stop Hillary Now a project of Virgin Islands Republican Party (VIGOP)
Opt-out here and call (340)332-2579

The New York Times breaks down a typical Stop Hillary Now! piece of junk mail.


Other clients that I either haven’t gotten or didn’t take a photo of:

Veterans for Victory, dead website
Open Secrets page

Republican Member Senate Fund, no website
Open Secrets page

This is not a complete list of the clients of Base Connect. It is only the ones I could find prof of.

And a big thank you to Dan for getting Kimberly Bellissimo’s email and sharing it with me.