Drowning in Junk Mail – This week in Junk Mail, the week before Christmas 15 pieces

All 15 pieces
I went on Christmas vacation on the 19th and came back on the 29th. So this entry is only going to be for 4 days 12/15-12/18. I am only going to list the junk mail for this week, and the week that I was gone (next blog post). No one is in the office right now, so emails, and phone calls will go unanswered. I will have a email sending, phone calling, form 1500 filling out, DMA complaint sending, envelope stuffing party after the new year.

College Republican National Committee covered in mold
On 12/18 I got a stack of nasty, moldy, old junk mail. I think they were from August. Some of them had a URGENT!! RETURN BY August blah blah date. I am going to ignore these. I have started the process to stop most of them already.


Boehner and RNC

Random Political junk mail


3 from St. Joseph's Indian School
3 from St. Joseph’s Indian School. Ug, I thought I had ditched the crazy misspelling but it is back 😦 It takes a full 90 days for them to stop. Here is hoping this is the last I see of them this year.

2 charities
2 random charities


Logistic Processing scam
1 scam
Logistic Processing PB 5 Fagotweg 6 4330 AA Middelburg Holland

I read about how the scammers will tell their victims not to talk about the scam and all the money the vicim is sending out. I have been on the look out for a good example. This letter has a great one:

“First, you must promise never to divulge the source of your next Fortune, because Mr. X knows from experience that you risk losing everything. That is why he is asking you to keep this a secret.”

That is where I am going to stop today. Tune in tomorrow to see what came while I was out galavanting in Utah.

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Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail 28 pieces

All 28 pieces

It was a short week, this week with Labor Day on Monday. And like me the junk mail also took a short vacation. Only 28 mailpieces this week. You can really tell who the most thirsty groups are in short weeks like this one.


Response Unlimited
2 from random unrelated pieces of junk mail

Base Connect
2 from Base Connect:

RNC
2 from the GOP:

Thanks to Senate Conservatives Fund, Wiki page, Open Secrets page for the stickers. I put one in the pre-paid envelope for Republican Congressional Committee.

Random Political junk mail
Random political junk mail:


Charities
3 Charities:


scams
5 Scams:

  • Dr. Stephen Sinatra MD Cardiologist 95 Old Shoals rd Arden, NC 28704
  • Physicians’ Mind & Memory Alert
  • Health Today 30 Ryan CT STE 100 Monterey CA 93940
  • Mike Caruana’s Lotto Magic PO Box 8175 Van Nuys CA 91499-4139. It is a MLM, Group lottery scam.
  • North American Prize Compiling Associates PO Box 190 Old Westbury NY 11568. I have had trouble shaking these guys, between the 2 addresses (the other is PO Box 422 Old Bethpage NY 11804) and the multiple variations of her name that are floating around, this will be the 4th form 1500 I have sent out for this one scam.

19 pre paid envelopes stuffed and ready to go
19 pre-paid envelopes ready to go out. Remember this is both this week and last week’s envelopes.

Scams
6 scams going to New York. This is also 2 week’s worth of scams. Those aren’t tears of joy at having so few mailpieces this week. It started to sprinkle during my photo shoot.

left overs
Left overs

Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail 45 pieces

All 45 Pieces

Another fantastic week with less than 50 mailpieces. After 3 months Nova List got back to me. Strange I don’t remember Sunrise Data Service’s email at the bottom of the contact page last time. Did them getting back to me after all that time have anything to do with me contacting the CEO of HSP Direct, a major client if Nova List? Who knows. All I do know is that October can’t come soon enough.


2 in 1 day
The 2 in 1 day club is back with a vengeance. Including 3 in one day from the GOP.

Response Unlimited
3 from random pieces of unrelated junk mail

RNC
5 from different branches of the GOP

Random Political Junk mail
15 in the random political junk mail pile


Charities
10 charities


Scams
10 scams

  • Dr. Earl Mindell Optimum Health through Nutritional Healing
  • Jack Danne Wintrack PO BOx Perrineville, NJ 08535-0357. Some hard core lottery players have ordered from them and :SPOILER ALERT!: the systems don’t work.
  • VRN PO Box 229013 St. Louis, MO 63122-9013
  • Dr. Nan Fuchs’ Women’s Health Letter
  • Good News Info PO Box 520 Danville, NH 03819-0520 this is a pyramid scheme that was sent by a privet person not a company. BBB page
  • Hospice Support Fund PO Box 1839 Merrifield, VA 22116-8039 another dirty charity with a sweepstakes.
  • Postbus 17 6670 AA Zetten Netherlands
  • Finkelstein & Partner PO Box 3030 NL-1620 GA Hoorn Netherlands. There is a real law firm called Finkelstein & Partners they have had to put up an alert on their website because of the scammers
  • PO Box 17 Varsity Lakes QLD 4227 Australia I am still putting deceased on the return card.

_8255265.ORF
Envelopes stuffed and ready to go.

perfume samples from magazines
This week I got a Cosmopolitan magazine and while I was flipping through it, my nose was assaulted by the perfume samples. That is when inspiration struck me. I ripped them out of the magazine and cut them up into smaller pieces and stuck them into the envelopes.

_8255268.ORF
8 scams are getting a from 1500

_8255271
Leftovers

Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail 45 pieces

All 45 pieces
After a light week in the 20’s last week, I am back into the 40’s. Is under 50 the new normal? I sure hope so.

I finally got through to HSP Direct last week. After trying every backdoor route I could find, they redesigned their website and posted the email addresses for everyone in the company. Including the CEO Jamie Hogan. Junk mail from them should stop sometime in October.


Response Unlimited

6 from Response Unlimited including:

Base Connect
2 from Base Connect

HSP Direct
2 from HSP Direct

National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
3 from National Committee to Preserve Social Security and MedicareWiki page, Open Secrets page. Make sure you opt out twice:  Do not rent my nameNo More Mail.

Republicans asking for money
The Dems are slacking. I only got mail from the GOP this week.

Random Political Junk Mail
Random political junk mail:


6 Charities

6 Charities including:


6 scams

6 scams


Stuffed and ready to go
Envelopes stuffed and ready to go

2 for 1500's ready to go
2 scams ready to go to New York. They both have a sweepstakes as a part of the solicitation

Leftovers
Leftovers

 

Drowning in Junk Mail – How to Opt-Out of Junk Mail from ForthRight Strategy AKA Base Connect

Update: They have changed their name but not their scummy practices, Base Connect is now known as ForthRight Strategy. It is run by all the same people, with all the same clients.

Their new contact information is info@forthrightstrategy.com (bounced back on 4/7/15) (202) 457-1254 my guess is that Kimberly Bellissimo new email is kb@forthrightstrategy.com. It is a valid email but I have not sent anything to it.

When they ignore you, file a complaint with the DMA, the FTC and your state’s  Attorney General. Catalog Choice and PaperKarma do not work on them. Do not waste your time. Go straight to filing complaints.


Today’s direct marketing firm is Base Connect. Wiki page. Opt-out here info@base-connect.com. If that doesn’t work, email the President and CEO Kimberly Bellissimo kb@base-connect.com.

Salon Article from 2010 about Base Connect some PAC’s and treasurer in common: Scott Mackenzie Open Secrets search for Mr. Mackenzie

Base Connect executives have argued that as much as 35 or 40 percent of the money paid to their firm goes directly to postage costs. But even assuming that is true, the firm is still taking five or 10 times as much money in fees as the amount going out to help campaigns — and the donors are still seeing virtually none of their money helping candidates.

The New York Times taking about the shady PAC’s that are connected to Base Connect Part 1, Part 2.

The Dally Caller: The Direct Mail Fundraising Racket: Is It Ethical?Kim B’s baww response. And finally the original reporter’s rebuttal.

Higher ups in the Republican establishment have:

reached out to Republican candidates to make the case that Base Connect, one of the firms with which Mackenzie has been associated, will not provide a good return on investment and has suggested he’d withhold endorsements from candidates who retain the firm.

So if you use Base Connect/ForthRight Strategy you will not get support from the rest of the Republican establishment.

They changed their name because CFO Michael Centanni was caught with child porn. He plead guilty.

Open Secrets contacted me for this article about Scott Mackenzie. My favorite quote is “A charity that reported such high fundraising costs relative to contributions made would face a serious risk of an IRS audit.” But the FEC doesn’t have the authority to audit scam PACs.

USA Today contacted me for their second article about Scott Mackenzie and VIGOP.

Part 1: How the Virgin Islands could decide the GOP presidential nomination
Part 2: PAC donations from elderly donors draw scrutiny


Their clients include:

60 Plus Association
60 Plus, junk mail

Rand Paul for 60+ junk mail

60 Plus junk mail

60 Plus Association, James L. Martin

Important: Barack Obama Set The Death Tax At 40 Percent But Wants An Even Higher Rate, The 60 Plus Association

Wiki page, Source Watch page, Open Secrets page.


Southeastern Legal Foundation

Southeastern Legal Foundation
This has got to be one of the worst designed mailpieces I have gotten in a while. Someone put the main text of the donation page over a ghosted graphic of The Constitution. That makes the page impossible to read for people with bad eyesight. Like the elderly, the very people this mailpiece is aimed at.

Southeastern Legal Foundation

Southeastern Legal Foundation junk mail

Wiki page, Charity Navigator page, Source Watch page


Freedom’s Defense Fund

Freedom's Defence Fund, Jerome Corsi

Jerome Corsi junk mail

Run by Jerome Corsi,  Open Secrets page


Black Republican Fund, Edward Cousar

The Black Republican Fund BRPAC run by Edward Cousar. New York Times article about PACs that raise a lot of money but don’t spend it on candidates, it mentions the Black Republican PAC.


Disabled Police Officers of America Inc., no website

Disabled Police Officers of America

Disabled Police Officers of America

Disabled Police Officers of America Inc. is one of the worst charities in America according to the Tampa Bay Times. Along with shaming the charities they also shame the direct marketing firms that collect the money like Base Connect.


Conservative StrikeForce

Conservative StrikeForceOpen Secrets page. From Fox Detroit:

“Since 2010, the Conservative Strikeforce has raised nearly $10 million. More than $9 million of the loot was paid to the fundraisers. That means candidates got less than 8 percent of the money donors sent in.”

Opt-out here info@conservativestrikeforce.com and call (888) 295-6480


Dick Morris's Stop Hillary Now
Dick Morris’s Stop Hillary Now a project of Virgin Islands Republican Party (VIGOP)
Opt-out here and call (340)332-2579

The New York Times breaks down a typical Stop Hillary Now! piece of junk mail.


Other clients that I either haven’t gotten or didn’t take a photo of:

Veterans for Victory, dead website
Open Secrets page

Republican Member Senate Fund, no website
Open Secrets page

This is not a complete list of the clients of Base Connect. It is only the ones I could find prof of.

And a big thank you to Dan for getting Kimberly Bellissimo’s email and sharing it with me.

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, 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.

Drowning in Junk Mail – This week in Junk Mail, 104 pieces

I am going to get real this week. So far I have only sent form 1500’s to scammers. This week I will send out a form 1500 for Citizens United.

Citizens United form 1500

I have contacted them, HSP Direct the people who make their mailers, and NOVA List the people in charge of their mailing lists, multiple times and in multiple ways. None of them have gotten back to me.

Mike Huckabee, Citizens United
This week I got 5 pieces of mail form various branches of Citizens United. I am over it. When the form 1500 gets processed, all mail from Citizens United will stop. All mail from HSP Direct will stop. I am hoping that I will also be erased from NOVA List as well.

Update: It didn’t work because they aren’t selling anything in the mail piece. I may have to escalate form email to phone calls.

Update 2: When they didn’t get back to me I should have sent in a complaint to the DMA.


PII
Oh heck no! I thought I got rid of you. Policy Issues Institute junk mail is back from the dead.

Moooneeeyyy, we want your mmoooneeyyy

Moooneeeyyy, we want your mmoooneeyyy

Don’t keep sending me stuff I will just do more research:
“By sending campaign brochures through the Policy Issues Institute in Irvine, political consultants save 15% to 20% on mailing costs because of discounts the U.S. Postal Service gives to nonprofits, according to a solicitation sent out by the institute’s paid marketer and political mail guru Bill Butcher. Financial records released by the institute show that those savings were significant enough that consultants paid $2.3 million to the institute for such purposes during last year’s elections.”

Keep this in mind for later in the post. I will let you figure out who is using this “one weird trick” to save on postage.


Dueling  Tea Party groups

Tea Party
On the right we have Steve Eichler’s Tea Party. He used to be in charge of the Minuteman Project with Jim Gilchrist. Opt out here contact@TeaParty.org
On the left is the Tea Party Express. Wiki page, It is a project of Our Country Deserves Better PACWiki page Open Secrets page. Opt out here.

And don’t confuse those 2 groups with the Tea Party Patriots.
Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund
They are completely different. Wiki page Opt out here.

G.I. America
4 from G.I. America / To Keep and Bear Arms again. I sent out a form 1500 last week because of the amount of mailings, and lack of info about the group. But since they sent me 4 more, I will do more digging. Bizapedia page. The main contact is Steve Eichler from the Tea Party.org  group above. Major Joe Gilbert and Bob Russell are just a couple of tea baggers following Steve around. This is fine, it means the Tea Party.org mail will stop also. Guys, some advise: If I am getting 3 of your mailers in 1 day, you are sending too many, too often. And get a website. I recommend WordPress. They are free, and you can customize them easily. But I am biased.


Stop Hilary Now, Dick Morris

Dick Morris‘s Stop Hillary Now. I get one or the other of these every week. This is the first time I have gotten them together. I think the group’s main purpose is to find the worst photos of Hillary Clinton possible. Opt out here comment@stophillarypac.org

DNC
The Democratic National Committee want her to renew her membership. They brought out the big guns, Joe Biden wrote one of them. Opt out here.

RNC
The Republican National Committee also wants her to renew her membership.  National Republican Senatorial Committee has a straw poll to fill out. But they don’t include return postage on the envelope. BOOOO! Wiki page.

Southeastern Legal Foundation
3 from Southeastern Legal Foundation. Wiki page, Charity Navigator page, Source Watch page. Opt out here jayers@southeasternlegal.org

Christian Seniors Association, a project of Traditional Values Coalition
3 from Christian Seniors Association, a project of Traditional Values Coalition. Wiki page, Open Secrets page, Rational Wiki page. Stay with me people, the family tree curls upon itself with this one. Reverend Louis P. Sheldon founded Traditional Values Coalition. His daughter Andrea Sheldon Lafferty and her husband run Christian Seniors Association. They are on the radar of the Southern Poverty Law Center for hate speech. I have joked in the past about people being proud of being called a hate group by the SPLC, well Andrea Sheldon Lafferty really is.

Ted Cruz
4 from Ted Cruz. 1 from Ted Cruz Victory Committee (Find the Best page). I like the simplicity of the site. No pretense, just give me money. It is 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). Citizens Against Government Waste is getting more thirsty, 3 this week. Wiki page, Charity Navigator page, Source Watch page, Open Secrets page.

Large Envelopes
But really, it was the week of the giant envelope. Hay! I know how to stand out in the crowd! A huge envelope. They can’t miss it! Um yah about that. You don’t stand out if I get 8 of them.


Charities
19 charities this week. Mixed in there somewhere is one of the oldest  environmental organizations in California, Save the Redwoods League. Founded in 1918 they are the OG tree huggers. Wiki page, Charity Navigator page.

I also want to pull out yet another save the horses group:
Front Range Equine Rescue
This one is Front Range Equine Rescue. They want to something something BLM something wild horses something. Charity Navigator page 4 stars blah blah they are great, whatever. Look at the format of the mailer. Does it look familiar? Kinda like the mail from Ben Carson and the Flying Tigers?
Ben Carson and Flying Tigers junk mail
This is made by Eberle AssociatesOpt out here.


International Scams
Only 4 international scams. I am sure this is an aberration. Just wait, next week there will be 40 scams from the Netherlands alone.

U.S. Scams
13 U.S. based scams. Most of these are the last gasps of breath before the form 1500 kicks in.

Case in point Prize Portfolio has sent all of these after I sent in a form 1500
Prize Portfolio junk mail
If anyone is going to send something after the cut off, I predict it will be these people.


Box o junk mail 104
Here they are all 104 pieces. Do you like the new look for my junk mail box? I have decided to sell out, and monetize my blog. Ben Carson is my first sponsor. Just kidding, John Phillips Souza IV has sent me a stack of stickers and I thought the front flap of the box needed spicing up.

Stuffed and ready to go
15 pre-paid postage envelopes stuffed and ready to be dropped off at the post office

I am only sending 3  form 1500’s  this week.

One to Citizens United
Citizens United form 1500

Update: It didn’t work because they aren’t selling anything in the mail piece.

And one to Kingsley, Harper & Hatfield PMB 395, 176-25 Union Turnpike Fresh Meadows NY, 11366. I know, I know it was very hard to turn down the 3,900,000.00. But that is a chance I am going to take.
Kingsley, Harper & Hatfield form 1500
And one other that wan’t nearly as pretty but just as annoying.
Form 1500's filled out and ready to go


I am hoping for a sub 100 pieces of junk mail week. This week is also the cut-off for a big batch of form 1500’s. Please be as lazy and scummy as I think you are scammers. I so want  to do step 2 with someone.

Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail, 136 Pieces

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:
14 form 1500's going to the Pricing Classification Service Center

Turned into this:
Form 1500 recipts
That is 15 less pieces of junk mail I will be getting in 30 days 🙂


60 Plus junk mail
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:
60PlusNevada_15
Here is where we are sending the next batch of junk mail.

CPAC2013_WinAKindle
Sign up to win a Kindle Fire, and get put on our junk mail list.

60PlusNevada_10
Could you please send us more money? No, I don’t care that you ate cat food this week.
Opt out here info@60plus.org

The Senior Citizens League
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

United States Justice Foundation
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.

Ted Cruz junk mail
2 from Ted Cruz. One from his “Draft Ted” group the other from Citizens Against Government Waste. Opt out here membermgr@cagw.org.  The last time we saw them they were using John MacCain as their poster guy.

Judicial Watch
2 from Judicial Watch. Wiki page, Source Watch page,  Charity Navigator page, 2 stars and 33% spent on fundraising.
Opt out here info@judicialwatch.org.

Mountain States Legal Foundation
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.

Southeastern Legal Foundation junk mail
3 from Southeastern Legal FoundationEd Meese is involved with this one also. Wiki page, Source Watch page, Charity Navigator page.

Mike Huckabee Junk Mail
3 from Mike Huckabee. I have contacted his main website and have gotten no response back.

G.I. America
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

Citizens United junk mail
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 info@citizensunited.org. No response. I found the company who makes their mail, HSP Direct and emailed them at info@hspdirect.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 ethics@the-dma.org.

But the winner this week goes to the laziest junk mail I have ever seen:
Ghetto junk mail
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:
Ben Carson and Flying Tigers junk mail
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.


Charity junk mail
20 charities this week. Including a 2015 calendar, more return address labels and not 1 but 2 handy cancer ribbon decoder charts
National Foundation for Cancer Research
Cancer Awareness Ribbon Color chart
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 .


International scams
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.

Us based scams
20 US based scams. I have gotten most of these before. They will be getting a form 1500.

Post card scams
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
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.

psychic junk mail
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.

Morgan T. junk mail
Give me your money. All of your money.


Box o junk mail 136
Here is all 136 pieces with  St. Rand Paul the patron saint of junk mail, and our Lady of Blessed Contribution Dr. Annette Bosworth.

Left overs
and here are the leftovers

26 pre paid envelops stuffed and ready to go
26 pre-paid envelops stuffed and ready to be sent out

15 USPS from 1500's
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
This weeks bounty
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 ethics@the-dma.org and ask for help.

Update: How to fill out a DMA ethics complaint form

 

Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail 30 Pieces

I didn’t think that I was going to write an entry this week. I had no junk mail from May 9th to May 17th. It was the 8 best days I have had in 2 months. No giant stacks of mail in my arms, as I trugged back to the house from the mail box. No paper cuts, or getting stabbed by my letter opener. It was wonderful.

30 pieces of junk mail
Then on Saturday the mail man dropped 30 pieces of mail on me. I consider this a victory. I was expecting the mail to get better the week of May 19th. The fact that it got better a week early is great.


The best pairing of the week was definitely Rand Paul and Al Franken.
Rand Paul and Al Franken
As if you needed more prof that this lady’s mail is very messed up. No one should be getting mail from both these people at the same time. And yet here we are.

As for the rest of the political junk mail, take a look:
8 random political junk mail


Only 5 charities this week
5 Charities


We have a new winner for most junk mail in one week. It was a hard fought battle, there being only one day of competition and all.
3 from Global Reporting Network, Junk Mail
3 from Diversified Marketing Group, I knew they had it in them. Opt out here info@divmarketgroup.com.
Update: Don’t bother with the e-mail it won’t work. Instead fill out a form 1500 to make them stop.


On the international scam seen we have all our favorites from the Netherlands
4 scams from the Netherlands
The one from Zetten came by way of  China, PO Box 1000102 Beijing

On the US scam front
5 scams from the USA
Topeka KS and St. Louis MO continue to send the most stuff.


Stuffed and ready to go
Only Planned Parenthood had a pre-paid envelope. But I had 3 hits on duplicate scams from the US. I only send out from 1500’s if they send me 2 or more. I then keep the duplicate return envelope as my record.