Drowning in Junk Mail – This Month in Junk Mail – June, 11 pieces

All 11 pieces of junk mail for the month of June

Sorry I’m a little late in posting this. I am sure all of you are on the edge of you seats wondering how much junk mail she got in the month of June. She only got 11 pieces in the entire month. That is less than what she was getting in one day a year ago. Last June she got over 380 pieces of junk mail.

The junk mail train has pulled into the station
Train post mark

Grab your favorite piece of junk mail
Ronald Reagan reading junk mail

Let’s run down the junk mail jerks for the month of June
All 11 pieces of junk mail for the month of June


Public Advocate of the United States

Hon. Eugene Delgaudio Public Advocate of the United States, Wiki page, Rational Wiki page, Open Secrets page, Citizen Audit page. Daily Kos blog about corruption charges. Opt out here and call (703) 845-1808 also email eugene@joineugene.com Their fundraiser is Saber Communications. I called (540) 371-7077 but was dumped from the call. Open Secrets page, Slate article that talks about Saber Communications and it’s president Mike Rothfeld.


Jim Gilchrist's Minuteman Project

Minuteman Project, Wiki page, Charity Navigator page, Open Secrets page, Citizen Audit page. Opt-out here JimGilchrist@MinutemanProject.com (949) 587-5199. Also contact Howie Morgan, National Political Director howie@netdoor.com (662) 832-8882


Drug Policy Alliance

Drug Policy Alliance Wiki page, Charity Navigator page. Opt-out here and call (212)613-8040. There fundraiser is AB Data


Citizen Guardian

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. Her name was removed 3/27/2015. 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. I received this on June 9th. Ya know, in the second week of June. This had better be the last one. (It wasn’t, but that is for next month.)


Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun ViolenceWiki  page, Charity Navigator page, SourceWatch page. Opt-out here and call (202) 370-8123


Conservative Strike Force

Conservative StrikeForceOpen Secrets page. Opt-out here info@conservativestrikeforce.com and call (888) 295-6480, mailbox was full. Also opt-out from ForthRight Strategy AKA Base Connect.

Oh no! The FEC is hot on their money trail. They “failed to correctly report payments to Strategic Campaign Group, Inc. and Active Engagement LLC, two firms among the group’s largest payees. Strategic Campaign Group partially owns and controls Conservative Strikeforce, according to a lawsuit filed last year.”

Strategic Campaign Group info@strategiccampaigngroup.com 443-569-5900 Active Engagement LLC founded by Richard Norman Contact page


Law Enforcement Action Network

Law Enforcement Action Network Opt-out here, and call (703)807-1875 Charity Navigator page, zero stars 67% of budget spent on fundraising. Their fundraiser is Eberle Associatescontact page.

From the Daily Kos: Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund – an illegal scam?


Sweepstakes Clearinghouse Department of Notifications

Sweepstakes Clearing House 2000 E Lemar Blvd Arlington TX 76006. I sent in a form 1500 last June. They have gone to Step 2 already. I will resend Step 2 with a note that it is from last year.


Save Jerusalem

Save Jerusalem, Run by Mike Evens opt-out here and call (800) 636-4992. Junk mail from them should have stopped in April. I called them again emphasizing that she is dead.


Population Connection

Population Connection info@populationconnection.org 800-767-1956 Wiki page Charity Navigator page. They use Mal Warwick for fundraising. And Public Interest Communications for telemarketing. That deal didn’t work out to well. At the end of  2013 they owed Public Interest Communications $15,852.


Reagan Ranch from Young America's Foundation

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

Let’s take a closer look at the calendar that came with this mailpiece:

Reagan Ranch from Young America's Foundation
Most calendars list holidays or phases of the moon. I have seen themed calendars that have niche holidays like “national pet a cat day”. This calendar has the important days in Ronnie’s life. For example October 27 Ronald Reagan delivered his “A Time for Choosing” speech in 1964.


All ready to go

Here are the 3 pre-paid envelopes stuffed up like a Thanksgiving turkey and the one form 1500 going to New York.

Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail One Piece

I am going to start winding down this blog. I am regularly getting 1-2 pieces a week now. I will make this a monthly blog. I will still update the Facebook page. And if I find a good topic to write about I will post to this blog.

If you get a piece of junk mail you think I would like to talk about email a photo at darthjenni@gmail.com.


Freedom Watch

Freedom Watch

This week’s junk mail is from Larry Klayman’s Freedom WatchWiki page, Source Watch page,

Freedom Watch

Back in February Larry promised that his junk mail would stop in 60 days. It is now the end of May. I estimated that junk mail from Freedom Watch should have stopped well over a month ago. I sent an email to leklayman@gmail.com, no response. I called (310) 595-0800 mail box was full. I called (310) 770-9712 and left a voice mail. I called (352) 274-9359 and left a voice mail there also. I will Tweet this to @freedomwatchweb, I will tag them on Facebook. I do not know how many more ways to tell them to stop sending junk mail to a person who died 3 months ago.

If she wasn’t dead I would send another complaint to the DMA, and contact my state’s attorney general.

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.


			

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

One!! 1! Only one piece this week!

celebrate

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
USJF 1

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.
USJF 3
This is when you start scrolling.

This is what you are looking for.
USJF 4
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
USJF 5
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
Citizen Audit

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.
Citizen Audit 2
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.
FEC
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
FEC 2

FEC 3
Capitol Caging corp: Caging fees. Open Secrets page

FEC 4
Forthright Strategy: creative fees, I am cheating with this one I already know who Forthright Strategy is.

FEC 5
Legacy List Marketing: List Rental
O’Neill Marketing Co: List Rental

FEC 6
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.

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

All 7 pieces

This was a bad week, her junk mail numbers are inching back up. I can tell that her information was sold again.

You may have noticed that I have new links in the side bar. I found another blog that documents junk mail Sgt. Bob’s Place. Sgt. Bob’s MIL was getting a lot of  junk mail. He contacted his state’s attorney general about stopping junk mail. He wound up filling out 65 complaints and his state’s AG contacted the junk mailers for him.


Larry Klayman's Freedom Watch

Freedom Watch It is 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 this month.


Pacific Legal Foundation

Pacific Legal Foundation Wiki page, Charity Navigator page 2 stars, 23% of budget spent on fundraising.  Opt-out here plf@pacificlegal.org and call (916) 419-7111. When I called the lady on the phone looked up my gal and she is not on their mailing list. She was on a list they bought. Also the letter they sent was 10 pages long.


NARAL Pro-Choice America

NARAL Pro-Choice America, Wiki page, Open Secrets page, Charity Navigator page 2 stars, 23% of budget spent on fundraising. Opt-out here Membership@ProChoiceAmerica.org  and call (202) 973-3000


United States Deputy Sheriff's Association

United States Deputy Sheriff’s Association Charity Navigator page, zero stars, 88% of budget spent on fundraising. Americas Worst Charities list. Opt-out here info@usdeputy.org  and call (316) 263-2583. It will take 90 days to be dropped from their mailing list. Their fundraisers are RBS International Direct Marketing divisions: Brickmill Marketing Services, and PEP Response Systems, couldn’t find current contact information. All about Quadriga Arts a division of RBS. It is the same marketing firm that St. Joseph’s Indian School uses. Another fundraiser of their’s is  Newport Creative Communications (800) 934-0586 info@newportcreative.com

United States Deputy Sheriff's Association
There is a lot going on with this mailpiece. Is it a sweepstakes? A charity? It is both!

United States Deputy Sheriff's Association
The Super Million Dollar XXII Sweepstakes is running between December 1, 2014 to  January 30, 2016. That is 14 months of this mailpiece wandering around people’s mailboxes.

Because this mailpiece includes a sweepstakes, you can also fill out a form 1500 to make mail from them stop.


RealEstateCE.com
RealEstateCE.com

RealEstateCE.com (866) 324-4510

Oh No! Her real estate license must have expired! She was a realtor for over 40 years. I will never be able to stop the real estate junk mail. They are just using the publicly available database from the state.


Smartz Marketing Old El Paso coffee company scam
Smartz Marketing Old El Paso coffee company scam

This postcard is from Smartz Marketing, They have an F from the BBB, Old El Paso Coffee Company BBB page, PO Box 971618 El Paso TX 79997. (915) 546-9944. A very entertaining Rip-off Report complaint about Smartz Marketing and Jan-l Marketing. This is a sample of the “Your Coffee Club” MLM scam.

You can also fill out a form 1500 to make mail from them stop.


Best Life Herbals Memory Health Journal

Best Life Herbals, Memory Health Journal 329 E 2100 S Salt Lake City, UT 84115 contact@bestlife-herbals.com and call (866) 405-5138. The address is for All West Call Centers. Contact page and call (800)532-5255. When I called Best Life Herbals the pre-operator message said that “the operators are not doctors and cannot give medical advice.”


2 prepaid envelopes ready to go

2 pre-paid envelopes ready to go

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

All 6 pieces of junk mail

I was contacted by another reporter this week. Will Tucker works for Houston Chronicle and was asking if I had gotten any junk mail from U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman in Texas. He may be the only politician that hasn’t sent me junk mail over the past year. So if you are getting lots of junk mail, live in Texas or are getting junk mail from Rep. Stockman drop Will a line at will@hearstdc.com.

I found this paper wandering around the internets Why Do Nigerian Scammers Say They are From Nigeria?. Gizmodo breaks it down nicely:

The scammers aren’t interested in seeming believable. They just want to find the most gullible victims they can, to maximize their return on their effort.

The emails (and by extension junk mail scams from the Netherlands) are written badly on purpose. Now I know why the scams are always so hard to read. It is to weed out people with functioning brains. They aren’t aiming at you and me. We still have good reading comprehension. They want people who only see the big $10,000,000,000 and who will write out the check with out a thought.


Midwest Equity Mortgage

Midwest Equity Mortgage (855) 976-4949
We just wrapped up closing out the reverse mortgage on her house. Most of the money from the reverse mortgage went to junk mail. The reverse mortgage company got the house. This company scrapes public records and saw some action on her house.


United States Justice Foundation

United States Justice Foundation. Charity NavigatorSource Watch page. Opt-out here or call (760) 788-6624. Also op-out through Response Unlimited. They are the all time record holder my for my PaperKarma requests. 19 requests since August of last year. Junk mail from them should stop this month.


National Republican Congressional Committee

National Republican Congressional CommitteeWiki page, Ballotpedia page, Open Secrets page. Opt-out here and call (800) 424-0215. This should be the last mailpiece from them.


The Youth Secret
The Youth Secret

You may remember this weird add from it’s lager version

The Youth Secret scam
The Youth Secret (800) 940-4046 make sure you have the ad when you call. They will ask for the “Special Code” when you ask to be taken off their mailing list. This should be the last mailpiece from them.


Direct TV junk mail

Direct TV. She had Direct TV at her house. When we closed down the account she got a refund that came here. I am just using PaperKarma on this one.


Sweepstakes Clearinghouse going to step 2 again

Sweepstakes Clearinghouse PO Box 569600 Dallas TX 75356 and 2000 E Lemar BLVD Arlington TX 76006. These guys just aren’t listing. They have already gone to step 2 with a Prohibitory Order. And I am sending it in again.


1 form 1500 part 2 going out

Here is the Form 1500 part 2 going to New York.

Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail 9 pieces

All 9 pieces
Only 9 pieces this week. I am going on a trip for a couple of weeks. So I won’t be posting for the next 2 to 3 weeks. I have loaded up the Drowning in Junk Mail Facebook page with scheduled posts every day if you need a little junk mail fix while I am out.


2 from Citizen Guardian
2 from Citizen Guardian, Inc. One from regular Citizen Guardian and one from American Seniors Against Obama CareGuideStar page, Opt-out info@CitizenGuardian.org and call (202) 469-3433. They use Engage Direct Mail and InfoCision.  Junk mail from them should stop in March.

FRC Action
Family Research Council‘s FRC Action, Wiki page, SPLC page, Opt-out here and call (800) 225-4008. They checked the system and she is not in it. Last one?

National Republican Congressional Committee NRCC John Boehner
National Republican Congressional Committee NRCC using John Boehner. Wiki page, Open Secrets page opt-out here and call (800) 424-0215

The Leadership Conference
Leadership Conference Education FundCharity Navigator page a project of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Wiki page, Charity Navigator page, opt-out here and call (202) 466-3434. Their fundraiser is The Bonner Group.

This is an invitation to the The Leadership Conference Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award Dinner. May 13 2015 at the Washington Hilton. Leave your tiara at home, this event is business attire. The honorees are Eric Holder, Laura Murphy, and Bob Dole.

Competitive Enterprise Institute
Competitive Enterprise Institute Wiki page, Source Watch page, Charity Navigator page. I couldn’t find an email address. Call them at (202) 331-1010. Morgan Meredith & Associates does their direct mail.

As I am typing this up the US Supreme Court is hearing the case King v. Burwell. The very topic of this mail package. Competitive Enterprise Institute‘s page about the case King v. BurwellSCOTUS blog‘s coverage of the case.


American Red Cross
American Red CrossWiki page, Charity Navigator page opt-out here and call (800) 733-2767. Don’t donate to the Red Cross, Don’t donate to the Red Cross, and finally Don’t donate to the Red Cross. Mail from them should stop in March.

Food for the Poor
Classic poverty porn from Food for the Poor inc, Charity Navigator page 3 stars. Opt-out here donorservice@foodforthepoor.com and call (800) 427-9104


International Gifts Congregation ICG scam
Only one scam this week
International Gifts Congregation ICG, Giuseppe (Pippo) di Fortunato, Grand Master of Occultism
Logistic Processing
PB 34 Hughersluys 27 4530 AA Terneuzen Holland

I have emailed and called so many people about the scam mail from the Netherlands. Either they can’t help me, or they ignore me. I will stop you Giuseppe (Pippo) di Fortunato, Grand Master of Occultism if it the last thing I do.

 

 

The Koch Brothers plan on spending $889 million supporting conservative campaigns in 2016. That buys a lot of Junk Mail

This week a bunch of billionaires got together to decide who is going to buy the White House in 2016. (Update: A few of them wrote an opinion piece for the Dallas Morning News “We want Washington to do what it hasn’t done for years: work for, not against, the American people.” American people = Rich people) The Koch brothers are planing on spending $889 million in the next election cycle. That translates to millions of pieces of political junk mail papering America for the next 2 years.

I am still morning the loss of the Colbert Report and how he went after the way PACs handle money. But the Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore is lessening the sting. Last night’s episode was all about the Koch brothers and how money effects the democratic process.

The Washington Post has a great graphic of the web of money the Koch brothers control.

 

That chart reminds me of an old political cartoon about Standard Oil:

 

I have pulled out some of the more famous PACs they control:

Freedom Partners network Wiki page  Source Watch page Open Secrets page. You can’t opt-out of this group they just pass out the money. They don’t send the junk mail.


Americans for Prosperity

Americans for ProsperityWiki page Source Watch page Open Secrets page Opt-out here also call (866) 730-0150


60 Plus Association, James L. Martin

60 Plus Association Wiki page, Source Watch page, Open Secrets page Opt-out here info@60plus.org also call (703)807-2070. Also contact Base Connect


Concerned Women for America

Concerned Women for America, Wiki page, Charity Navigator page 1 star. Opt-out here and call (202) 488-7000. Also contact InfoCision call them at (330)668-1400 and email them at infocis@infocision.com.


Rand Paul National Right to Work Committee

National Right to Work Committee. Wiki page, Source Watch page. Opt-out here and call (800) 325-7892


Tea Party Patriots

Tea Party Patriots, Wiki page, Source Watch page, opt-out here also call (404)593-0877


The Heritage Foundation

The Heritage Foundation Wiki page. Source Watch page. Open Secrets page. Opt out here: info@heritage.org and call the membership desk (800) 546-2843


Concerned Veterans for America, Source Watch page Opt-out here info@cv4a.org and call (703)-678-4664

The Libre InitiativeSource Watch page Opt-out here info@thelibreinitiative.com and call (956) 519-4200

Generation OpportunityWiki page, Source Watch page, Opt-out here or email info@generationopportunity.org also call (703) 566-9800

My point for listing out all the places the Koch brothers spend their money is I think these groups will send out the most junk mail in the election cycle that is about to start. These PACs are doing just fine. They don’t need you, or your money. They will do just fine at getting the candidates they back put into office, and getting the laws they lobby for passed.