Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail 15 pieces

All 15 pieces

Only 15 pieces this week. This blog is stating to wind down. I don’t know what to with my time anymore. What will I do now that I don’t spend a half-hour opening, reading and sorting through 10+ pieces of junk mail everyday?


Form 1500 Step 2
The USPS sent paperwork for going to step 2 with a Prohibitory Order:

This letter is for me:

Based on the evidence you furnished us regarding a possible violation of Prohibitory Order 2080212, we have issued a Complaint (PS form 2153) against the mailer involed. A copy of the Complaint is enclosed for your records.

It has been our experiance that most mailers abide by the provisions of a Prohibitory Order issued against them under 39 USC 3008. However, in some cases, additional steps are necessary. Issuing a Complaint is the first step in the process designed to end violation of a Prohibitory Order.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

This letter is for Health Alert:

Health Alert 30 Ryan CT STE 100 Monterey CA 93940-5753

This concerns violation of Prohibitory Order number 2080212 issued against you and your agents or assigns on behalf of [name]

On 06/30/2014, you received a Prohibitory Order (see copy attached) issued under USC 3008 upon request of the above-named addressee. I have received evidence that the Prohibitory Order has been violated as follows:

BY FAILING TO DELETE IMMEDIATELY THE NAME OF THE ADDRESSEE (AND OF EACH CHILD) LISTED IN THE ORDER FROM MAILING LISTS OWNED OR CONTROLLED BY YOU OR YOUR AGENTS OR ASSIGNS.

A copy of the face of the mailpiece is attached.

Any response to the Complaint or petition for a hearing with respect to it must be filed with me, in writing within 15 days after receipt of this Complaint. Attached is a copy of the rules of practice for hearings on such matters. Any petition for a hearing must comply fully with §963.3(a) of these rules.

For those of you that like to read postal law: Title 39 Code OF Federal Regulations Part 963 Rules of Practice in Proceedings Relative to Violations of The Pandering Advertisements Statue, 39 U.S.C. 3008


3 from Response Unlimited
3 from Response Unlimited

Random Political junk mail
Random political junk mail


3 charities
3 charities


3 scams
3 scams


Ready to go
1 form 1500 for Dr. Micozzi and 1 prepaid envelope


Leftovers

Leftovers

Advertisements

Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail 22 pieces

All 22 pieces
22 pieces. That is 3 pieces a day. That is getting down to a normal person’s level of junk mail. But I am not done yet. I will call myself done when I can go a month with no junk mail.


3 from Response Unlimited
3 from Response Unlimited

2 from Base Connect
2 from Base Connect

random political junk mail
Random political junk mail


7 charities
7 charities


3 scams
5 scams. No new from 1500’s this week

  • Giuseppe (Pippo) di Fortunato Grand master of Occultism Postbus 79 4530 AB Terneuzen Holland Facebook page
  • Laura Vivian PO Box 1486 3600 BL Maarssen Netherlands Scambook page.
  • 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. If you can tell me whet they are trying to sell let me know in the comments. 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:

2 scams going to step 2
These 2 are going to step 2


Prepaid envelops
5 prepaid envelops ready to go


Leftovers
Leftovers

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.

Drowning in Junk Mail – This week in Junk Mail 124

124 pieces of junk mail
This week the junk mail went back down to normal levels of craziness, only 124 pieces. I’m starting to be able to tell that all the emails I have sent out are having an effect. I only got 4 letters from The National Center for Public Policy Research. When you consider that I was getting 8 in one week, before I contacted them that is a drop of 50%. I will take what I can get.

Let’s do the rundown of this weeks biggest spammers
Citizens Against Government Waste
Citizens Against Government Waste. Wiki Page, Source Watch page,  Charity Navigator page 2 stars (they are a 501(c)3). Oh the sweet, sweet irony of someone who is against waste, sending me 2 junk mail letters in one day, is so delicious.

Mike Huckabee c/o Secure America Now
Mike Huckabee c/o Secure America Now. A nice beak down by Institute for Policy Studies.

U.S. Veternas Hospice Committee
U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee. Could not find any independent information about them. Opt-out here.

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, that mentions the Black Republican PAC. This is not the same group as Black Republican Freedom Fund. The National Black Republican Association has a page devoted to telling everyone that their PAC is not that PAC. LOL You guys are the same, taking money from old ladies.

Larry Klaymen's Freedom Watch
Freedom Watch. You did not just start auto playing a song on your website. Is this a GeoCities site in 1995? Any way, Freedom Watch is run by Larry Klayman, he also founded Judicial Watch (example of junk mail from Judicial WatchSource Watch page for Larry. This mail is made by Response Unlimited. I have done an entire post about them.

Freedom's Defence Fund, Jerome Corsi
Freedom’s Defense Fund, Open Secrets page Jerome Corsi. Salon article also about a ring of PAC’s that all have the same treasurer in common: Scott Mackenzie. Who works for Base Connect “direct mail fundraising company”. Opt-out here  info@base-connect.com

Citizen Outreach, Kerry Bentivolio, Chuck Muth
Citizen Outreach “Irritating Liberals Since 1992” it is run by Chuck Muth of course you own your name’s domain. Wiki page, Source Watch page.

Citizens United
Citizens United run by David Bossie. Doug Collins is a new face in my mail box. Opt-out here info@citizensunited.org

National Center for Public Policy Research
The National Center for Public Policy Research. Only 4 this week. That is a  50% drop since I stared keeping count. Opt out here: info@nationalcenter.org, with the subject header “Delete from Solicitation”

7 from Federation of Responsible Citizens
7 from Federation Of Responsible Citizens. Opt-out here: FedofRespCitizen@aol.com.

And this week we have a new winner of the most junk mail in a single week:
16 from PII
16 from Policy Issues Institute


In the Junior Division
Junior division
Only one from Annette Bosworth this week. So sad. I need more glossy photos of her kids running around with baskets of vegetables. I know you are wondering why Sarah Palin‘s SarahPAC is in the Junior Division. She is not running for office, but her PAC donates to baby politicians just getting their start. Or she is supposed to, the PAC isn’t run very well. The Daily Beast did a nice write-up on SarahPAC and how it handles it’s money. Opt-out here.


23 Charities
23 charities some good, a lot bad.


11 International scams
11 international scams

16 US based scams
18 scams from the good old US of A

Scams from St. Louis MO
including 2 of scams from St. Louis MO. My new #1 city that is sending me scams right now.


This weeks leftovers
Here are the left overs

Stuffed and ready to go
17 envelopes stuffed, sharpied, duct taped, and ready to go.

14 form 1500's going to the Pricing Classification Service Center
I also sent off 14 form 1500’s to the Pricing Classification Service Center in New York.

Here is hoping for 94 next week