Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail 25 pieces

There has been a casualty in the war on junk mail. I dropped my precious camera while taking photos of junk mail. It was an Olympus E-PM1 in purple. It will cost more to fix it that I can get one used. 😦

The same camera that did this:
Inyo National Forest, Papoose Flat, Arch
also took 99% of the photos on this blog.

R.I.P E-PM1

R.I.P E-PM1

Don’t worry about the blog, I have a back-up camera that will pick up the slack.


St. Joseph's Indian School 2014 Christmas Appeal
David Fitzpatrick and Drew Griffin of CNN did a story about our good friends at St. Joseph’s Indian School. A different CNN reporter Melanie Hicken Melanie.Hicken@turner.com, is looking for junk mail stories. She has fallen down the junk mail rabbit hole with me. Her focus is on senior issues, retirement, and big data.


All 25 pieces
25 pieces this week. I hate it when I go backwards. The next big drop should be the second week in December. That is when InfoCision and American Target Advertising should drop me.

United States Justice Foundation
2 from United States Justice Foundation. Charity Navigator,  Source Watch page opt-out here. Also opt-out through Response Unlimited.

Ted Cruz Victory Committee
2 from the Ted Cruz Victory Committee (Find the Best page) a joint fundraising committee authorized by and composed of Ted Cruz for Senate (Open Secrets page) and the Jobs Growth and Freedom Fund (Open Secrets page). Opt-out here info@tedcruz.org

3 from American Target Advertising
3 from American Target Advertising

Random Political Junk Mail
Random Political junk mail


5 Charities
8 charities:

Great Ape trifecta
and the great ape trifecta

Please rush my chimpmas gift into action!
You are not seeing things the Save the Chimps envelope really says “Please rush my Chimpmas gift into action!”


5 scams


Stuffed and ready to go
Envelopes stuffed and ready to go

Great Ape stuffed envelopes
I wrote a special note to Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International and stuffed it with the other chimp charities.

2 form 1500's
2 form 1500’s are going to New York. They are Chad Chiniquy’s  Find, Fund, and Flip System and Guardian Entertainment Group

Leftovers
Leftovers

 

 

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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 36 pieces

All 36 pieces

This is a momentous week. I have dropped 100 pieces of junk mail per week, from when I started. I can see the light at the end of the junk mail tunnel. I am in a holding pattern until mid-October when I will be dropped from HSP Direct and Nova List. So, no emails to anyone new until then. I am entering every mailpiece into PaperKarma, where I have over 200 requests.


2 in 1 day
2 in 1 day club:

  • Liberty Guard, run by Bob Barr
  • De-Age, Liberty Fulfillment Center8350 E Evans Rd Ste D2Scottsdale, Arizona 1-800-919-8969 Ripoff Report entry. They offer a free sample but charge you full price for the product.

Response Unlimited
6 from Response Unlimited:

2 from Faith and Freedom Coalition
2 from Faith and Freedom Coalition, Wiki page, Open Secrets page, opt-out here INFO@FFCOALITION.COM

3 from the GOP
3 from the GOP:

Random Political junk mail
Random political junk mail:


6 charities
5 Charities:


Scams
11 Scams:

  • Stansberry & Associates Investment Research run by Porter Stansberry I know what you are thinking, How did a mailpiece with a scary Obama graphic end up in the scam pile? This is how.
  • Transaction Services Postbus 5 4033 ZG Lienden Netherlands
  • IER PO Box 115 NL 3940 AC Doorn Netherlands
  • Carmen Dumas attn: Paul Hammer PO Box 28 NL 1619 ZG Andijk Netherlands
  • 2 from De-Age, Liberty Fulfillment Center 8350 E Evans Rd Ste D2Scottsdale, Arizona 1-800-919-8969 Ripoff Report entry. They offer a free sample but charge you full price for the product.
  • Douglass Report opt out here
  • Dr. Sinatra 95 Old Shoals rd Arden NC 28704, opt-out here
  • National Magazine Exchange‘s Strike It Rich IX Sweepstakes  8285 Bryan Dairy Rd STE 150, Largo FL 33777  Tampa Bay Times on NME Ripoff Reports about NME
  • Post Card 1: Redemption Center PO Box 745069 Arvada CO 80006 1-877-537-9263
  • Post Card 2: 1-866-316-4203 They both have the same pitch: There is a gift card for a big store waiting for me if I just call the phone number.
  • New Dimensions 50K Team PO Box 969, Grayson, GA 30017. It is a MLM pitch for  Body Balance liquid health supplement made by Life Force International 12460 Kirkham Court
    Poway, CA 92064. You send in $9.95 and they send you 1,000 post cards to mail out. A similar pitch is on the Life Force website.

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

3 from 1500's
3 form 1500’s going off to New York

Left overs
Leftovers

Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail 41 pieces

All 41 pieces

After a nice light week, I am back up to the new normal of about 40 pieces. A new disturbing trend in the past few weeks as been Pyramid scams. I have gotten so many I am going to give them their own blog post.


2 in 1 day
2 in 1 day club

3 from Response Unlimited
3 From Response Unlimited

Civil rights trifrecta
The Civil Rights Trifecta again. Do they text each other so I get them all in the same week?

2 from Engage Direct Mail
2 from Engage Direct Mail
Senior Citizen Alliance a program of Citizen Guardian

2 from CatholicVote.org
2 from Catholic Vote, Wiki page, Open Secrets page info@catholicvote.org a project of Fedelis Open Secrets page

2 from Faith and Freedom Coalition
2 from Faith and Freedom Coalition, Wiki page, Open Secrets page, opt-out here INFO@FFCOALITION.COM

2 from the GOP
2 from the GOP

Random political junk mail
Random political junk mail


4 charities
Charities

Last but not least
St. Joseph's Indian School junk mail
St. Joseph’s Indian School, Wiki page, Charity Navigator page (not rated) BBB page. Opt-out here saintjosephs@stjo.org

I have read about the prize packages that St. Joseph’s mails out. This person received almost the same mailpiece.

This one includes:

  • Dreamcatcher
  • 2 pads of paper
  • 2 calendars
  • 2 sheets of mailing labels
  • 1 sheet of stickers

They sent all this crap. Then have the gaul to ask for $5 to cover the cost of sending the dreamcatcher, that was made in China.


7 US based scams
US based scams

  • Nature’s Wave, Pro Wave Energy System, Rife Model 101 Frequency Generator, dead website. Here is another company that sells the same thing. Royal Rife wiki page, QuackWatch page
  • Sweepstakes Contests America Mark Sutton president. 1-877-411-3145 The website is SweepResults, here is the rules page
  • Jeff Adams America’s #1 Real Estate Trainer, opt-out here support@jeffadams.com. She was a real estate agent for over 40 years. This type of mail does not surprise me.
  • Dr. Andrew Ordon, Wiki page, Derm Exclusive, Beachbody LLC 3301 Exposition Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90404. I used the live chat robot to try to opt-out. It was hell bent on stopping the email newsletter. I don’t know if it got the hint that I wanted physical mail to stop.
  • GN-Info PO Box 520 Danville, NH 03819-0520 pyramid scheme
  • Advanced Bionutritionals PO Box 8051 Norcross, GA 30091-8051 opt-out feedback@AdvancedBionutritionals.com.
  • Infinity Pay 200 Quarterly Connection PO Box 468 Moffat, CO 81143. Run by Natalie Anderson. This is also a pyramid scheme

I get to go to step 2 with a Prohibitory Order!!

Happy Jello

Health Today going to step 2

After all the variations of her name and multiple addresses, I finally get to go to step 2 with a Prohibitory Order. I wrote “I received this on DATE.” signed underneath, on both the mailpiece and the envelope. Photocopied my copy of the Prohibitory Order that the USPS me. I am sending it back to the NY office.

5 international scams
International scams, and by international I mean The Netherlands

  • Postbus 67 6670 AB Zetten Netherlands
  • Winner Club PO Box 20 NL-17115 ZG Spanbroek Netherlands
  • IER PO Box 3139 NL-1620 GC Hoorn Netherlands
  • Luxury Jewels Dr. Walter Barkley PO Box 1219 NL-3600 BE Maarssen Netherlands
  • Bodenkamp & Haffner, Prof. Dr. Wiedemayer PO Box 8202 NL-3503 RE Utrecht Netherlands

6 pre paid envelopes stuffed and ready to go
6 prepaid envelopes ready to go

5 form 1500 ready to go
5 scams going to New York.

Left overs
Left Overs

Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail 58 pieces

All 58 pieces of junk mail
This should be my last week in the 50’s. This week junk mail from Response Unlimited should stop. And it has been 6 weeks since the DMA sent out the latest “do not mail” update to it’s members.


2 in 1 day club
Club 2 in one day. Although this week I got a 3 in 1 day

Response Unlimited
8 from Response Unlimited including:

Base Connect junk mail
3 from Base Connect opt-out here kb@base-connect.com including:

Hat tip to Dan for finding the right email address. I will be giving Base Connect their own write-up sometime this week.

3 from Freedom Alliance
3 from Freedom Alliance opt-out here info@freedomalliance.org

2 from Judicial Watch
2 from Judicial Watch, opt-out here

Judical Watch
Including this massive mailpiece called “IRS Abuse Investigation”. How am I supposed to read this thing with all the crazy blue writing, yellow highlighter, and blacked out words. It looks like a collage freshman attacked this thing after binging on Red Bull and ecstasy.

The Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation
2 from The Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation, using Allen West and Mike Huckabee opt-out here help@CPCFoundation.com

Citizens Against Government Waste
Citizens Against Government Waste, Wiki page, Charity Navigator page, Source Watch page. Opt-out here membermgr@cagw.org

RNC vs. DNC
The political mashup this week is the opposite of last week. 1 from the RNC and 3 from the Dems:

Republican National Committee, John McCain, fake check
Take a closer look at the check that came from the Republican National Committee, John McCain mailpiece. That looks pretty real to me. How many older people do you think will try to cash it?

Random political junk mail
Random political junk mail including:


Charities
9 charities:


Scams
17 scams. The international ones are mostly on the right. The ones I have sent out already are in the middle. The 4 that are getting a from 1500 are on the left. They are:

  • Child Protection Program PO Box 6119 St.Louis MO 63139
  • Independent Catalog Services PO Box 6487 Providence RI 02940. This is the second time I have stopped this one. I also stopped it going to her old address.
  • Vertex Transport Service PO Box 359005 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33335
  • Heart Center of America PO Box 1892 Merrifield VA 22116

stuffed and ready to go
Here are all 15 of the prepaid envelopes stuffed and ready to go

Form 1500 ready to go
Here are the 4 scams ready to go to New York

leftovers
Here are the left overs


I am going to dream big dreams this week. I want only 20 pieces of mail in next weeks blog.

Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail, 56 Pieces

All 56 pieces

This week I have dumped Catalog Choice for PaperKarma. I have hit a wall, and was logging fewer and fewer mailpieces every week. Mostly because I knew Catalog Choice couldn’t help me anymore. So after 4 months and over 200 requests, I am giving PaperKarma a try. I will be writing a review for both of them in about 4 months. Fair is fair, I want to give PaperKarma time to work.


2 in 1 day club
2 in 1 day club. Including:

Response Unlimited junk mail
All of these are from direct marketing firm Response Unlimited, opt-out here

Citizens United
Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee selling themselves out to Citizens United

RNC & DNC
Mashed up political parties

Other political junk mail
Other random political junk mail. Including:

Sarah Palin poem
The Americans for Sarah letter is just to good this week. It has part of a speech she gave at CPAC in March. It is a parody of Green Eggs and Ham, but for conservatives.

I do not like this, Uncle Sam.
I do not like this healthcare scam.

I do not like these dirty crooks
Or how they cry and cook the books

I do not like when Congress steals
I do not like their crony deals

I do not like “oh yes, we can”

I do not like this spending, spree
We’re smart, we know nothing’s free

I do not like reporters’ smug replies
When I complain about their lies

I do not like this kind of hope
And we won’t take it
Nope, nope, nope

 

Big envelopes
Giant envelopes. Including:


Charities
7 Charities. Including:


Scams
11 scams.

Scam
Including one of the most long winded pyramid schemes I have seen. 6 pages double sided. All trying to convince me to send $97 to one person and $100 to another. If you can’t tell me your pitch in 1 page you are a terrible sales person.

I won’t be sending out any form 1500’s this week. None of them qualify. I have either already sent them out, or It is the first time I have gotten them. I hope the guys in the New York office don’t miss me.


Stuffed and ready to go
Here are 11 pre-paid envelopes stuffed and ready to go.

Scam from Australia
You should recognize this little scam from PO BOX 17 Varsity Lakes QLD 4227 Australia. I get it almost every week. Now with both her new and old address. As I am writing this, the mail for next week has already come, and I just got 3 more. Because it is international, I can’t use a from 1500 to make it stop. Or I would have stopped them months ago. I have sent every one back stuffed, not stuffed, nasty notes, crazy notes, and they still come. So this time I am trying something new. Instead of just “Take me off your mailing list” I have put “Deceased, She is dead” next to her address. I have not done this before because, she is in fact not dead. I also don’t want to mess up her Social Security and Medicare. But this one is international and they just can’t take a hint.

 

Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail, 61 pieces

61 pieces woo hoo! A sub 100 piece week! I hope this is the new normal.

I had a bit of a set back. I sent in a form 1500 for GI America and it bounced back.
GI America bounce back
It was bounced back because they aren’t selling anything in the mail piece. I disagree, they are asking for money, but I am not here the reinvent the form 1500 wheel, so I will just send an email to the Tea Party group that runs GI America, contact@TeaParty.org

The worst packaging of the week goes to Mike Huckabee and Secure America Now for their bubble pack containing  2 sheets of paper and an envelope.
Mike Huckabee junk mail
The letter reads “I sent you this letter in this special Jiffy Pack carrier because I knew you would not want to miss it.” Congratulations guys, you have my attention and for the first time I am going to lookup Secure America Now. It was founded by pollsters John McLaughlin and Pat Caddell, Right Web page.

United States Justice Foundation
2 from United States Justice FoundationCharity Navigator page 2 stars. Source Watch page. It is made by Response Unlimited. One of them had a dollar in it 🙂

Liberty Grard
Liberty Guard these guys are new. They may have sent stuff in the past but it was just a normal letter and I didn’t notice it. Now they have sent 2 giant surveys to fill out. Bob Barr is the chairman. Find the Best page, Charity Navigator. Opt out here also opt-out of American Target Advertising

The mail from Liberty Guard looks like the mail from these 2 groups
Christian Seniors Association and Veterans in Defense of Liberty
Christian Seniors Association, a project of Traditional Values CoalitionWiki page, Open Secrets page, Rational Wiki page. And Veterans in Defense of Liberty. Charity Navigator page.

National Republican Senatorial Committee and National Republican Congressional Committee
2 from the National Republican Senatorial Committee (Wiki page, Source Watch page, Open Secrets page) not to be confused with the National Republican Congressional Committee (Wiki page, Source Watch page, Open Secrets page). The lady who’s mail this is got a gold membership card for the National Republican Senatorial Committee because she was in the top 1% of donors last year.

Southeastern Legal Foundation
Only 2 from Southeastern Legal FoundationWiki page, Charity Navigator page, Source Watch page. Opt out here jayers@southeasternlegal.org

Citizens United junk mail
4 from Citizens United. Wiki page, Open Secrets page, Source Watch page. I am at my wits end with these people. I sent a form 1500 on these guys and it bounced back because they aren’t selling anything in the mail piece. I am going to email them again. I am reluctant to call them, because I am afraid that I will let loose a string of profanity that will singe the person on the other end of the phone. I need these people to do what I want, and screaming F-bombs at them won’t solve anything.


5 in the Giant envelope division
Large envelopes

Including 2 calendars this week. That is 3 so far.
3 Calendars


Charities
11 charities


International scams
Only 3 international scams.

Marie de Fortune
Including Marie de Fortune and her hypno paper.

Scams
10 US based scams. Since the Post office wants scams where they sell things I will concentrate on the medical quackery ads this week  when I send out the form 1500’s.


All 61 pieces
Here are all 61 pieces of junk mail I got this week

Stuffed and ready to go
Here are all the prepaid envelopes all stuffed and ready to go

Form 1500's ready to go
5 form 1500’s ready to go. I was able to use some of the free stamps I have gotten in other junk mail on the large envelope.

leftovers
And here are the leftovers.

I am crossing my fingers for another sub 100 pieces of junk mail week, next week.