Political SPAM – an Open Letter to Republicans

Today we live in a world of permission marketing and you would think that everybody “Gets it” – in that if you are going to SPAM people, at a minimum you provide a way to opt-out. And while I have yet to figure out who I’m voting for in the upcoming 2008 Presidential election, John McCain’s team sure did loose a lot more credibility with me today with their recent email, closed loop survey, and lack of privacy policy.

Here is my reply to their email:

Dear John McCain –

Your survey has no options for comments and your email below has no “opt out” option – it is also spam in that i did not give you permission to use my email … all of which confirms my reason to distance myself from the Republican Party as you are a huge historical embarrassment … consider the following:

1. The war in Iraq was result from lies headed by Republicans …

2. The supreme court let Exxon off the hook even though “the people” as juries saw the truth but this was over-run by a biased, perhaps even corrupt court …

3. The passage of FISA allows criminal behavior to go on without accountability …

I could go on but suffice it to say the Republican party is out of touch … the only candidate who seemed to make any sense was Mike Huckabee … note my displeasure with Republican’s does not mean I approve of Democrats but I can not continue to support a party where lies continue to be told …

Consider Mark Twain, “Once a man is caught in a lie, everything he says there after is followed by a question mark.” … with Bush saying, “yes there are weapons of mass destruction …” how can we believe anything he (or his administration or the republican party) has to say about any other matter …

John McCain, you might be a good man but you’re coming to the dance floor literally with the wrong party …

cordially, chuck scott

And here is the original email they sent:

Subject: Victory 2008 Critical Issues Survey

Dear Friend,

I am 100 percent committed to leading our Party to victory in this November’s elections all across the country.

As a critical first step in uniting our Party and putting together a winning campaign plan I am asking you to take part in a Victory 2008 critical issues survey. I hope you will help our efforts today by following this link and completing it online.

Your support for RNC VICTORY 2008 and your survey answers are vital to electing Republicans this November. Your participation will give us a greater understanding of the views of voters in your area. And it will provide an invaluable up-to-date reading on many of the key issues that will decide the outcome of this momentous election.

The fate of all of our Republican candidates and the fate of our Party in the 2008 election is in the hands of Americans like you. We cannot succeed without your immediate input. Please join us in our campaign to make sure America is on the right path by completing your Victory 2008 Critical Issues Survey today.

With warmest regards,

John McCain

P.S. Your participation in the Victory 2008 Survey Project is crucial to getting a better understanding of the views of voters in your area. I hope you will return your completed Survey to RNC Headquarters today.

Contributions or gifts to the Republican National Committee are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.

Contributions from corporations, labor unions, federal contractors and foreign nationals
without permanent residency status are prohibited.

Republican National Committee | 310 First Street, SE | Washington, D.C. 20003
p: 202.863.8500 | f: 202.863.8820 | e: info@gop.com

Paid for by the Republican National Committee and authorized by John McCain 2008
310 First Street, S.E. Washington, D.C. 20003

Copyright 2008 Republican National Committee

And here is the link to their survey – http://web.campaignsolutions.com/RNC/Victory2008/

And take special notice that they HAVE NO PRIVACY POLICY on their site … again, another reminder (at least for me) that they don’t get it.

If you can’t take privacy seriously and respect individual rights, well then, you’re not the man for the job IMHO.

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One Response

  1. Denise
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    Yes, I agree with most of your comments. I have no problem filling out the survey, but I feel uncomfortable when I don’t know how they plan on using my name and address. I also feel that they should give more places for comments. I hope that they get the message and put out another survey without asking for personal information or at least give some kind of privacy notice. I thought that they were good questions and would like to respond, but will not in the current form they are asking.

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