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.

Drowning in Junk Mail – This week in Junk Mail 46 pieces

All 46 pieces

I hate slipping back like this, but the amount of mail that rolls in can have wild fluctuations in either direction week to week. PaperKarma has been having problems ever since the update to iOS8. I hope that they work everything out soon. I have a huge backlog of requests right now. And I have ratcheted up the revenge meter. I have sent out my first DMA Ethics Case Complaint form. It is for State Department Watch. I have emailed State Department Watch, I got no response. When I called them no one picked up the phone. Oh, now it is on State Department Watch. Look for that at the bottom with the pre-paid envelopes and the form 1500’s.


2 in 1 day
2 in 1 day club

5 from Response Unlimited
5 from Response Unlimited:

American Policy Center
2 from American Policy Center, run by Tom DeWeese his SPLC page, Source Watch page, opt-out here admin@americanpolicy.org

2 from Food and Water Watch
2 from Food and Water Watch, Wiki Page, Charity Navigator page, Source Watch page, opt-out here

Political mash up
Political Mash up

Random Political Junk Mail


10 Charities
10 Charities


3 US based scams
3 US based scams

5 scams from the Netherlands
5 scams from the Netherlands

  • Midas Financial Group Mergers Access Division PO Box 8396 3503 RJ Utrecht Netherlands
  • Harrison Institute PO Box 1061 NL-3600 BB Maarssen Netherlands
  • Winner Club PO Box 20 NL-1715 ZG Spanbroek Netherlands
  • Dr. Kramer PO Box 164 NL-3960 BD Wijk bij Duurstede Netherlands
  • A.P.M.E. c/o M.V.E.U. PO Box 1219 NL-3600 BE Marssen Netherlands

8 prepaid envelopes ready to go
8 prepaid envelopes stuffed and ready to go

1 form 1500 ready to go
1 form 1500 for The Moskowitz Report ready to go

DMA Ethics Case Complaint form for State Department Watch
DMA Ethics Case Complaint form. It is for State Department Watch.

Name of organization that you are bringing to our attention: State Department Watch

Organization Contact Information: sdw@statedepartmentwatch.org

Address on return envelope: PO Box 97343 Washington DC 20090-7343

Street address: 22648 Ave San Luis WOODLAND HILLS CA 91364,

Mailing address: PO Box 6102 WOODLAND HILLS CA 91365

Phone number: (818) 223-8080

Contact Person at the organization: Carl Olson

Please give a brief overview of your concerns and attach any relevant correspondence or other documents:

This complaint is being made on behalf of name AKA other name, that is the name on this mailpiece. My family has power of attorney for her affairs.

I have contacted State Department Watch by email and by phone and received no response. I would like name to be taken off their mailing list.

I would also like her to be taken off the mailing list for their other projects:

Minuteman Project With Jim Gilchrist

Tea Party Campaign With Dr. Jerome Corsi

The Tea Party

American Sovereignty Task Force

There are no guidelines as to what you should write, so I was very to the point. If this works I will make a “how to guide”.


Left overs

Leftovers

Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail 48 pieces

All 45 pieces

I have stalled. I am stuck at 40-50 pieces a week. I don’t expect to drop again until the end of the month when the junk mail from Base Connect stops. I am taking a photo of every mailpiece in PaperKarma. I have entered over 140 different companies since I stated using PaperKarma in late July. A human from the DMA got back to me. They want people to mail in a formal complaint. I am going to try and get an e-mail address out of them.


2 in one day
The 2 in 1 day club

Response Unlimited
8 from Response Unlimited

DNC junk mail
4 from the Democrats

Survey time!!
DNC Survey
Just incase you haven’t figured out how I fill them out, I answer the opposite of what they want, then make junk mail the most important topic in America.

Engage Direct Mail junk mail
3 from Engage Direct Mail

The Senior Citizens League, The Social Security & Medicare Advisor
2 from The Senior Citizens League.  After being threatened with it in other mailpieces, I finally got at copy of their newsletter The Social Security & Medicare Advisor opt-out here info@tsclhq.org

Random Political Junk Mail
Random political junk mail


Charities
6 charities


Scams
6 scams

  • Douglass Report
  • The Infinity Income Dealership by Alliance Publishing Inc 3011 West 183rd St #342, Homewood, Il 60430. This is a pyramid scheme. You send $97 to Homewood,Il and $100 to the person who actually mailed the letter to you. Chat on RealScam.com, Chat on Scam.com
  • 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
  • Liberty Document Reporting LDR PO Box 190 Old Westbury, NY 11568, PO Box 422 Old Bethpage, NY 11804. This is an advanced fee fraud scam. They want you to send in $21 and they will send you $3,639,921.00
  • National Magazine Exchange Strike it Rich IX Sweepstakes 800-975-8526, 8285 Bryan Dairy Rd Ste 150, Seminole, FL 33777-1306. Tampa Bay Times article about NME
  • C Logistic Processing PB20 4850 AA Ulvenhout Netherlands it is signed by Pippo. This is an advanced fee fraud scam.

I have sent or will send a from 1500 out for all of these scams except for the one from the Netherlands.

Because I went on vacation over the  holiday weekend, I will be processing the form 1500’s and pre-paid envelops next week.

Left overs
Left overs

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 – 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, 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, 154 pieces :(

This week's mail 154
Here is this weeks big box of junk mail, 154 pieces in all.

Noooo stop sending me junk mail

Noooo! Stop sending me junk mail!

NO! No no no! How could this happen? I have been pounding the keyboard for a month to make the junk mail stop. How could I go backwards, and get 154 pieces in one week?! It is like I have kicked an angry hornet’s nest of junk mail.

This is what my mailbox looks like everyday

This is what my mailbox looks like everyday.

St. Rand Paul the patron saint of junk mail, and our Lady of Blessed Contribution Dr. Annette Bosworth
How could you 2 let me down? I was counting on you to keep the mail away.


It's back :(
The biggest set back I had was, I got the official paperwork back for the first few USPS form 1500’s I sent out. It doesn’t work on foreign mail, only mail from the USA. Darn it. 22 out of 38 this week were from either The Netherlands or Australia. Now I will just focus 100% on US based scams. Look out St. Louis MO, there are lots of form 1500’s coming your way.


Let’s run down the biggest junk mail senders this week:

Chosen People Ministries
Chosen People Ministries. (Wiki page) They like to convert Israelis into christens. I like the pre-filled out check on the top right. All I have to do is fill in the dollars.

Judicial Watch
Judicial Watch run by Thomas Fitton. Charity Navigator page, 33% of budget spent on fundraising. There is a lot going on here. Some how Sheriff Joe Arpaio is involved.

American Civil Rights Union (ACRU)
American Civil Rights Union, (Wiki page) it wants to be the conservative answer to the ACLU. Their Charity Navigator page is a must read, they get 0 stars, and 72% of their budget is spent on fundraising. Source Watch page. Opt-out here: info@theacru.org

Rand Paul c/o Citizens United
Citizens United dressed in Rand Paul clothing

Rand Paul c/o National Right to Work Committee, National Pro-Life Alliance
National Right to Work Committee and National Pro-Life Alliance also using Rand Paul. So did I get 3 unrelated letters? Did I get 4 pieces of junk mail from Rand Paul? You decide.

Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund
Tea Party Patriots. (Wiki page) It is time for her to renew her membership. Sorry guys that ship has sailed. You aren’t getting any more money from her. The other one wants John Boehner to resign. That has to be the worst photo of John Boehner ever. I couldn’t find the original, but the flag he is standing in front of is huge. The stars are the size of his head.

Food & Water Watch, 3 in one week
Food and Water Watch, (Wiki Page) (Charity Navigator page) (Source Watch page) hay hippies, you had better check yourselves. The Tea Party, and Citizens United sent less that you this week.

NCPPR
5 from The National Center for Public Policy Research. Opt out here: info@nationalcenter.org, with the subject header “Delete from Solicitation”

15 from PII
15 from Policy Issues Institute. Opt-out here: james.lacy.@wewerlacy.com

FRC
FRC
16 from Federation Of Responsible Citizens. Opt-out here: FedofRespCitizen@aol.com. I wanted to make sure everyone saw the large envelopes this week. They are usually buried under all the smaller mail

The week of May 19th can’t come fast enough.


People running for office
The junior division is getting feisty. Both Annette Bosworth and Ben Carson are mad I didn’t feature them enough last week, so they sent me more stuff.

Annette Bosworth for US Senate
Annette sent me the same letter and blow-up of a camera phone photo, that she did last week.
Annette Bosworth
But now I can show you the taking points on the back of the photo. This week she compared people who receive food stamps to wild animals in National Parks. I hope who ever is paying for all this expensive mail gets their moneys worth when she is elected.

Ben Carson junk mail
Ben Carson, I mean the people who have nothing to to with Ben Carson, but are asking him to run for president, have stepped up their game.
Ben Carson junk mail
I now have a Teen Beat style Pin-up poster of Ben. That is like so cool, I will totally like put it up next to all the like old NKOTB posters in my like bedroom. Like.

Jordan is so dreamy

Jordan is like so dreamy


15 Charities
Charities
Lots of note cards and address labels were included this week. They will come in handy for stopping scam junk mail.


38 Scams
38 scams

Scams that will get a form 1500
16 of them are eligible for a USPS form 1500. And I just went to Costco and got a 100 pack of stamps. Bring it on scammers.


17 stuffed and ready to go
Here they are 17 pre-paid stuffed, sharpied envelopes.

The Washington Post March Sucks
I wrote a special note for the fine folks at Run Ben Run. That group is headed by John Phillips Sousa IV. His great-grandfather wrote this little ditty:


It was quite the hit at the time. Just imagine that I wrote to Blue Ivy and told her that her mom’s song “Single Ladies” sucked and you get the idea. They had better stop sending me stuff, or next time I will say something mean about Stars and Stripes Forever :-O

Leftovers
Here are the leftovers from this weeks 154 pieces.


An Offering
I am giving offerings to Our Lady and St. Rand. Hopefully it will be enough to keep the mail away this week.