How to Stop Junk Mail from the Major Party US Presidential Candidates 2016

Now that both conventions are over and we know who is running for president for the two major parties, it is time for our mailboxes to be flooded with junk mail.

Pile of junk mail

This is not the first step you should take to stop junk mail invading your house. Please follow my instructions for how to put a shield around your mailbox first, or contacting these people will do you no good. They buy and trade so many mailing lists, it is like playing whack-a-mole unless you put up a strong shield first.


Today, we will be stopping junk mail from the campaign that is asking for money. This will not stop those #@$#% postcards and fliers that you get during an election. The asking-for-money mailing list is different from the postcard list. The postcard list is based on the voter rolls. If you want to stop getting those, don’t register to vote. Don’t do that! Vote every election.

While I focus on real life, in-your-mailbox junk mail, you should know that they keep track of everything a supporter of a campaign does. How much money you donated, when you donated it, through what channel you gave it (postal mail, email, text). They also sell mailing lists back and forth. When a candidate drops out, one of the first things they do is sell their donor list to the other people running.

This is from the Privacy Policy of one of the PACs:

Third-party partners. We may share your information with organizations with similar political objectives and viewpoints for the purpose of advancing our own political objectives.”

That 3rd party? That is code for more junk mail.


Stopping Junk Mail:

If a candidate is sending you junk mail, call and email their office and tell them to stop. If you are ignored, put your request to be taken off a candidate’s mailing list on Twitter. Tweet at the campaign and the people running it. I found tweeting at them to be more effective than posting on the Facebook page for the campaign. But look closely at that piece of junk mail, is it directly from the candidate, or is it from their PAC? I will give you the contact information for both.


Stopping Emails and Phone Calls:

The best way to stop emails is to click on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email and follow the instructions. Gmail and Outlook have unsubscribe built into the program. If that doesn’t work, start calling, emailing, and tweeting at them.

The phone calls are harder to stop. The Do Not Call list does not apply to campaign calls. If you get a real person on the line, tell them that unwanted phone calls and junk mail from political candidates is the most important issue in America today.


Stopping Recurring Donations on a Website:

This year donating to a campaign through the internet really took off. Bernie Sanders used ActBlue as his main fundraising platform. A part of internet fundraising sites is setting up a recurring donation. They make it very easy to start. But very difficult to stop. Mic media wrote instructions on how to stop recurring donations from both the Clinton and Trump websites.


What if none of that works?

If you contact a campaign and the junk mail doesn’t stop, take it to the next level. File a complaint with the DMA, the FTC, and your state’s attorney general.


My sources will be:

From the Sunlight Foundation:  Open Secrets and Influence Explorer because they are all about the money trail.

Ballotpedia and P2016 because they list the team that is running the campaign.

The root of all of this information is the FEC fillings by the candidates and their committees.


Let’s start off with the Democrats:

DNC junk mail


Hillary Clinton website 1

Hillary Clinton, official campaign websiteBallotpedia page, Open Secrets page, P2016 page. She is a former First Lady and a former Secretary of State.

To opt-out from official campaign: the contact page has a webmail form. Also call (646) 854-1432.  Twitter: @HillaryClinton.

Hillary for America’s  direct mail is by Mission Control, Inc (the only junk mail you’ll ever read… twice). Politico talking about Mission Control getting the direct mail contract.

Hillary Victory Fund is using  Chapman Cubine Adams + Hussey for it’s direct mail program.

The biggest PAC supporting Team Clinton is Priorities USA Action. Influence Explorer page. To opt-out: send an email to EmailDigital1@prioritiesusaaction.org Twitter: @prioritiesUSA


Now for the Republicans:

National Republican Senatorial Committee and National Republican Congressional Committee


Trump 1

Donald Trump, official campaign websiteBallotpedia page, Open Secrets page, P2016 page. He is a businessman from New York.

To opt-out: the contact page has a webmail form and call (646)736-1779. Twitter @realDonaldTrump.

Direct mail is by Left Hand Enterprises LLC. It is a front for Persuasion Partners.  Washington Post article that talks about Left Hand and the other direct mail firms that Team Trump is using. Including Wizbang Solutions.

Team Trump has 2 fundraising committees in partnership with the RNC:

Trump Make America Great Again Committee 310 First St SE Washington, D.C. 20003 or PO BOX 1776 Merrifield, Va 22116-9400  and Trump Victory fund. Fortune talking about the joint fundraising partnership.

From Politico:

“Party fundraisers have informed some Trump-weary donors that they can earmark their donations to Trump Victory and another joint committee called Trump Make America Great Again Committee in such a way that all the money will go to the RNC, and none to Trump, according to a finance operative who delivered such as solicitation and a donor who received such a solicitation.”

To opt-out of these 2 groups I would contact the National Republican Committee, to opt-out: send an email to eCampaign@GOP.com with “Unsubscribe” in the subject line. They are assuming you are opting-out of email, let them know it is for physical postal mail, and call (202) 863-8500. Twitter @GOP. Make sure you mention that Trump Make America Great Again Committee and the Trump Victory Fund are why you want off their mailing lists.

Even though he didn’t want them, there are a few PACs supporting team Trump:

The most active so far is Great America PAC, Influence Explorer page. New York Times article about Great America PAC. To opt-out: the contact page has a webmail form. Twitter: @GreatAmericaPAC

There are other pro-Trump PACs out there but they are having trouble raising funds. One pro-Cruz PAC has flipped and become pro-Trump.

Update August 29, 2016: There is a new scam PAC. American Horizons PAC run by Ian Hawes. Open Secrets page, Influence Explorer page. Politico story about American Horizons PAC and Ian Hawes.
He is fundraising through 2 websites, dinnerwithtrump.org, Facebook page Help Support Donald Trump. And crookedhillary2016.org, Facebook page CrookedHillary2016. Do not give money to American Horizons PAC. None of the money is going to help team Trump.


Did I miss something? Are you getting junk mail from different Trump or Clinton groups? Let me know in the comments.

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 2 pieces

This week makes the one year anniversary of the start of this blog. Here is the first blog post.

For any new people who are just now finding this blog and are wondering why I am bitching about 2 pieces of junk mail, a few months ago the person who’s junk mail this is, was getting over 100 pieces a week. This is what one week’s worth of her mail used to look like:

Box o junk mail 104

Any junk mail she gets now has slipped through multiple layers of my trying to stop it. So you will have to pardon me if I go hard on these last few stragglers.


All 2 pieces of junk mail

The junk mail box is looking very empty this week, just the way I like it.

2 pieces of junk mail
Let’s meet this week’s junk mail: Tools for Freedom and an old friend, the NRCC

Tools for Freedom junk mail
Tools for Freedom call (800) 770-8802 and choose 4 in the phone tree to talk to a human. They offer “cutting-edge information and alternative health resources to empower, enlighten, awaken, raise consciousness, spread the message of freedom and promote the truth of what is happening in the world.” Whatever that means. They sell books, DVD’s, woo pills, and a side of paranoia.

National Republican Congressional Committee NRCC
This one has “Office of the Treasurer” in the return address corner of the envelope. But it is a lie just to get you to open it. It is from the Treasurer of the National Republican Congressional CommitteeWiki page, Ballotpedia page, Open Secrets page. Opt-out here and call (800) 424-0215

They are very concerned for my gal: “I hope everything is okay and you’ve simply delayed sending in your renewal.” (incase you don’t know, she died last month).

Another snippet reads” We’ve kept our overhaed low, but my current projections show we are facing a short fall of $687,500 going into the Second Quarter.” I am not a fancy  treasurer, but my suggestion for helping you budget woes, is to stop sending so much junk mail.


1 pre-paid envelope ready to go

Only one pre-paid envelope to send out this week.

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.

 

 

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, 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.