I am back up to “normal” levels of junk mail. After a nice 2 week break with only one day of junk mail all my friends are back again. Missing are the SuperPACs that I directly contacted, and got back to me. I shutter at the thought of how much I would have gotten this week if The National Center for Public Policy Research, Federation Of Responsible Citizens, and Policy Issues Institute were still in the mix.
One bit of good news is, that this:
Turned into this:
That is 15 less pieces of junk mail I will be getting in 30 days 🙂
2 from everyone’s favorite wanna be AARP, but is a puppet for the Koch brothers: 60+. Wiki page, Source Watch page, Open Secrets page
Oh look they have a Flickr account:
Here is where we are sending the next batch of junk mail.
Sign up to win a Kindle Fire, and get put on our junk mail list.
Could you please send us more money? No, I don’t care that you ate cat food this week.
Opt out here email@example.com
2 from The Senior Citizens League, an affiliate of The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA) Wiki page, Open Secrets page. They have a Memorial Foundation, Charity Navigator gives it 0 stars.
Opt out here
2 from United States Justice Foundation (USJF). Source Watch page, Charity Navigator gives them 1 star. Gary Kreep and the USJF are mentioned by the Southern Poverty Law Center as being anti-Muslim among other things. This mail is made by Response Unlimited.
2 from Ted Cruz. One from his “Draft Ted” group the other from Citizens Against Government Waste. Opt out here firstname.lastname@example.org. The last time we saw them they were using John MacCain as their poster guy.
2 from Judicial Watch. Wiki page, Source Watch page, Charity Navigator page, 2 stars and 33% spent on fundraising.
Opt out here email@example.com.
2 from Mountain States Legal Foundation, Wiki page, Charity Navigator page, Source Watch page, Exxon Secrets page. Somehow Ed Meese is involved. And they sent me dirt. It is supposed to be from someone’s ranch. I bet that if I was to go all CSI on it, It would be from some local quarry in Lakewood, Colorado.
3 from Southeastern Legal Foundation. Ed Meese is involved with this one also. Wiki page, Source Watch page, Charity Navigator page.
3 from Mike Huckabee. I have contacted his main website and have gotten no response back.
4 from G.I. America. G.I. America’s website is not working. I checked the Internet Archive and they hadn’t posted anything since 2010. To Keep and Bear Arms never had a website as far as I can tell. We have a Zombie PAC people. The only way to stop them is a USPS form 1500 to the head.
Update: It didn’t work because they aren’t selling anything in the mail piece. It is OK I have figured out that these 2 groups are run by Tea Party.org. Opt out here: contact@TeaParty.org
5 from Citizens United, Mr. Huckabee is in this pile also. Check out the 10 return stamps that one letter came with. They put boxes on the envelope and everything.
I have emailed them at firstname.lastname@example.org. No response. I found the company who makes their mail, HSP Direct and emailed them at email@example.com. No response. I found HSP’s mailing list manager NOVA list. I contacted them here. No Response yet. If they don’t get back to me this week, I am going to file a complaint with the DMA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
But the winner this week goes to the laziest junk mail I have ever seen:
From Disabled Police Officers of America and The Citizen Guardian It is a letter wrapped around an envelope. These 2 groups need your money just so they can pay for a better mailer. This is so pathetic. I would love to see the stats on how much this mailer brings in for these 2. My guess?
I warned you Ben Carson, that if you kept sending me stuff it was going to get real:
There you go, Stars and Stripes Forever is CRAP!
Check out how the completely unrelated Flying Tiger Historical Organization mail is the exact same format.
Alex Altman over at Time Magazine has been following the money trail of Ben Carson. In that article he mentions “direct-mail wizard Bruce Eberle” and Eberle Associates. Opt out here.
20 charities this week. Including a 2015 calendar, more return address labels and not 1 but 2 handy cancer ribbon decoder charts
Thanks National Foundation for Cancer Research now I know that testicular cancer is orchid, not purple. That is for pancreatic cancer. Charity Navigator page, 2 stars, 46% spent on fund raising .
18 international scams. I still don’t know what to do with them. I will stop you, PO Box 1191 Maarssen if it is the last thing I ever do.
20 US based scams. I have gotten most of these before. They will be getting a form 1500.
It was a big week for postcards, 8 in all. This is frustrating, I need a return address to give to fill out a form 1500 but all they give me is a phone number. Jerk scammers.
The Society and The League. I have gotten one of these before, but to get both on the same day is very special. I don’t want to drag you down the rabbit hole to far with this, but it a cult. It is as one ex-member put it “a combination of Scientology and Ayn Rand”. Neo-Tech was created in 1984 by Frank R. Wallace and is now run by his son. They promise you the secret to great wealth. But you end up buying and selling really expensive books, that cost well over $100. Like I said this is the second one, time for a form 1500.
Lots of psychic junk mail this week, 4 total. I can’t do anything about Mr Hypno Eyes Morgan T. because he comes out of Switzerland. But Grandma Rosa, Maria Duval at the Destiny Research Center (an entire blog devoted to Maria), and Numerological Resource Center are all getting a form 1500.
Give me your money. All of your money.
Here is all 136 pieces with St. Rand Paul the patron saint of junk mail, and our Lady of Blessed Contribution Dr. Annette Bosworth.
and here are the leftovers
26 pre-paid envelops stuffed and ready to be sent out
15 scams with a form 1500 attached ready to go to New York.
This week was great for the mail paying me to stop it
I made $1.25 in cash, $1.36 in stamps, 2 baggies of dirt and 1 talisman.
I am going to ratchet up my technique this week. I started this project in late March/early April, and I see no difference in the amount, or senders of junk mail. I am going to contact the DMA complaint email email@example.com and ask for help.
Update: How to fill out a DMA ethics complaint form