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

 

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

All 19 pieces

Under 20!! This should be the week that I start to feel the full effects of being dropped from HSP Direct. I have also started to erase her from big data brokers. I am writing a blog post about big data. But it will take a while to finish it.


2 in 1 day club
2 in 1 day club only has one member this week. St. Joseph’s Indian School, Wiki page, Charity Navigator page (not rated) BBB page. Opt-out here saintjosephs@stjo.org
This should be the last mailpiece from them.

4 from Response Unlimited
4 from Response Unlimited

Random Political junk mail
Random political junk mail


7 Charities
7 charities


3 scams
3 scams

  • Reply Paid 2569 Sydney NSW 2001 Australia
  • The Underground Moneymaking System from The Chris White Company CWco 4222 Fortuna Center Plaza #652 Dumfries VA 22025 (UPS Store) He gets an F from the BBB. Opt-out here cwcoinfo@aol.com. I don’t want any direct contact with this guy so I am sending in a from 1500.
  • Trapeze Group 8063 Via Ventura Scottsdale, AZ 85258

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

The scam from Australia has changed addresses. I was going to put a rock in the envelope, but I saw this on the back:
Important

Shoot, it can only weigh 50 grams. So I got out my kitchen scale, my bag of shredded paper and started stuffing.

stuffed envelope 50 grams
This weighs exactly 50 grams.

2 form 1500's
2 from 1500’s ready to go

leftovers
Left overs

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.

Drowning in Junk Mail – This week in Junk Mail 31 pieces

All 32 pieces

I’m not gonna lie the mail can get boring. They send the same mailpiece over and over. They do that because once they find a mailpiece that brings in money they will send it out forever until it stops being effective. It is rare that junk mail has a topical, ripped-from-the-headlines subject.

Freedom Watch

This week Larry Klayman’s Freedom Watch sent a mailpiece that talks about ISIS. Of course it is trying to scare the money out of you, with the envelope screaming:

ISIS terror cells now on American soil… protect your family: open now!

Thanks Larry, I will just go crawl under my bed now.


2 in 1 day club
2 in 1 day club

2 civil rights groups
2 from Civil Rights Groups on the same day. This is not the first time this has happened

Hillsdale College
2 from Hillsdale Collage, Wiki page opt-out here DonorServices@hillsdale.edu

Response Unlimited
2 from Response Unlimited

Random Political Junk Mail
Random political junk mail


Charities
Charities


Scams
4 scams

  • Office of Magister Davids PO Box 3 NL 1693 ZG Wervershoof Netherlands
  • Immuno Corp, Aleksander Olsen 2340 Mira Mar Ave Long Beach, CA 90815 Immutol by Ralph Wallace
    How seven sick salmon, unconventional wisdom, serendipity, and a beer brewery saved an economy, healed the hopeless, and changed the course of modern Immunology. They have an F from the BBB.
  • Affiliated Opportunities Group (AOG) PO Box 25220 Miami, FL 33102-5220
  • Carmen Dumas PO Box 1061 NL-3600 BB Maarssen Netherlands

Stuffed and ready to go

4 pre-paid envelopes stuffed and ready to go

1 from 1500 ready to go
Only 1 form 1500 this week. It is the scam from Miami.

Left overs
Leftovers


I am starting the Drowning in Junk Mail Book Club

America's Right Turn by Richard A Viguerie and David Franke

The first choice is the 2004 classic America’s Right Turn by Richard A Viguerie and David FrankeRichard A Viguerie is the founder of the direct marketing firm American Target Advertising. This is his story of using “alternative media” to push the conservative agenda starting in the 1960’s.  When I finish, I will write a book report for it. Something I haven’t done in a few decades.

Drowning in Junk Mail – This week in Junk Mail, 44 pieces

All 44 pieces

Only 44? Could this be because of the holiday? Or is this the new normal? We will find out next week. But for now I will enjoy a sub 50 pieces of junk mail week.


Club 2 in 1 day
Everyone loves the 2 in 1 day club. They are so worried that I won’t send them money that they send 2 at a time.

Response Unlitited
7 from Response Unlimited including:

Citizens United
3 From Citizens United

Border junk mail
2 border watch groups

3 Civil Rights groups
The second best mash-up of the week was the 3 civil rights groups that I wrote a blog post about

Junk mail from George W. Bush and Bill Clinton
Mash-up of the week has to go to these two mailpieces. One from George H. W. Bush for Republican National Committee and one from Bill Clinton for Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. I have said it before and I will say it again: No one should be getting both of these mailpieces ever, let alone in the same week.

Giant envelopes
8 Giant envelops including:

Other political junk mail
Here is the rest of the political junk mail. Normally I don’t take photos of the single mailpieces because it would overflow the poor table on my porch. But this week there is a reasonable amount.


4 charities
4 charities


Angeles mag
Random ad of the week is Angels on Earth magazine. It is all inspirational stories involving angels

Junk mail prayer card
They even sent a personalized prayer card.

May God grant you always… No more junk mail

Thanks guys! How did you know that is what I pray for every day?


3 scams
Only 3 scams this week


Adding glitter
I am kicking my envelope stuffing up a notch this week. I bought some glitter and sprinkled a little in each prepaid envelope.

stuffed and ready to go
25 envelopes stuffed, sprinkled with glitter, sealed with duct tape, and bar codes blacked out. Remember that I combined last week’s prepaid envelopes with this week because of the holiday.

4 1500's
Only 4 form 1500’s this week. Like the prepaid envelopes I combined this week with last week.

Left overs
Here are the left overs.

My junk mail project is almost done. Do you need help stopping junk mail? Do you have photos of junk mail you want to share? The comments are open or darthjenni at gmail dot com.