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I love the Speaker Pelosi Project and Upgrade the Senate.  They were my vehicle this cycle for contributing to Congressional candidates.  They're important not just to get money to good candidates but also to increase the leverage of sites like Daily Kos.  And, I trust the vetting here and was happy just to split my donations.

Then, as the Sept. 30 reporting deadline approached, I became aware of the cost.  My real email was crowded out by multiple fundraising solicitations daily from 20-odd candidates.

I checked with ActBlue, and it turns out they share your email with the candidates you donate to.  You can't opt out (and can't not give ActBlue your email).  They don't seem to be interested in changing this.  Their response is below the squiggle.

I don't think it's reasonable that it's up to me "to be in touch with these folks and let them know that you would prefer to be removed from their lists" -- especially when I'm donating to a slate organized by a third party, which means there's a ton of "these folks" -- when as far as I can tell ActBlue could just provide an opt-out.

My request: If you've had a similar problem with campaign email deluges, after contributing to SPP/UtS or some other slate, and would like an opt-out -- or at least an explanation why there isn't one -- please contact ActBlue and let them know you'd like to be able to opt out and keep your email private.  

Better yet, maybe one of the powers that be here, if any reads this, could put a little pressure on.  I expect that'd be all it takes.

Or, please tell me what I'm missing.

Response from ActBlue:

Thanks for writing! We completely understand your concerns about your privacy, however ActBlue does share your email address with (only!) the campaigns that you are directly supporting. We don't share or sell your information with anyone else, but the candidates and organizations that you support on ActBlue will have access to your email address. I would, however, certainly encourage you to be in touch with these folks and let them know that you would prefer to be removed from their lists.

Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to help, or if you have any questions at all.

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  •  Tip Jar (1+ / 0-)
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    kurt

    "There were questions that Governor Romney wanted to address to make sure people understood that he's not a felon" - Ed Gillespie (Romney supporter)

    by itswhatson on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 10:19:33 AM PDT

  •  I hear you (2+ / 0-)
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    itswhatson, kurt

    I think the campaigns don't realize that by flooding their contributors with emails near deadlines, they are diluting their own effectiveness.

    On that fateful end-of-September day, I got no less than five emails from Julianna Smoot at Barack Obama.com, four from OFA, three from Michelle Obama, five from Elizabeth Warren, at least eight (I lost count) from various Wisconsin state lawmakers (I don't live in Wisconsin, BTW), several from the DNC, three from the Michigan Democratic Party and two from Moveon.org

    There were others, but those were the ones I made note of.

    The Wisconsin state lawmakers are problematic. I made a couple of donations during the first recall campaign. Now, I'm their sugar momma for life, it seems. I really don't have a dog in that fight.

    When campaigns send floods of "GIVE ME MONEY!" emails, all on the same day, it fosters mass deletions. It's wasted effort.

    All the campaigns need to limit themselves to no more than one email a day, and it would be better if they'd put a day or two between them. Then, all the emails would be more interesting to the recipients.

    As for ActBlue, I think I understand why they forward your email to the candidate. But it does make you think twice about making one-time contributions to out-of-your-district candidates, because you're buying yourself a lifetime of political spam.

    Wealth doesn't trickle down -- it rises up.

    by elsaf on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 10:48:59 AM PDT

    •  Well, so contact them (1+ / 0-)
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      kurt

      I can understand why they'd want to forward your email the candidates, too -- but they should understand that no everyone wants this (some might!), so we should have the option.

      It's just dumb, and I hate dumb.  (One reason I'm on this side of the aisle.)

      All the campaigns need to limit themselves to no more than one email a day, and it would be better if they'd put a day or two between them. Then, all the emails would be more interesting to the recipients.
      When I went through and started unsubscribing, I found that some campaigns (Warren's for one) offered a "less email" option.  FWIW.

      "There were questions that Governor Romney wanted to address to make sure people understood that he's not a felon" - Ed Gillespie (Romney supporter)

      by itswhatson on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 11:03:08 AM PDT

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