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Old 03-06-2020, 07:38 PM
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Is there a way I can donate to political causes without getting on mailing lists?


I signed one online petition a year ago and I've been getting several emails a day ever since begging for my attention. It's annoying as hell.

I'd like to support some candidates but I don't want to get put on mailing lists and end up getting dozens of pleas each day. Is there some way I can donate money but do so in a way that I don't get bothered afterwards?
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Old 03-06-2020, 07:51 PM
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Go to a campaign office or rally and give cash. They (and I mean every "they" you can name) really, Really, REALLY want you on their mailing lists.
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Old 03-06-2020, 08:11 PM
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Go to a campaign office or rally and give cash. They (and I mean every "they" you can name) really, Really, REALLY want you on their mailing lists.
Must we don cammo face paint to evade facial recognition so they can't track us down when we wish to stay anonymous?
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Old 03-06-2020, 08:11 PM
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You could set up a "spamcatcher" e-mail address. Not necessarily a totally fake address--I don't know if campaign websites actually require you to verify your e-mail address the way other places do when you're creating an account--but it shouldn't be too hard to set up a free e-mail account and then use that when you're donating.
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Old 03-06-2020, 08:45 PM
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You could set up a "spamcatcher" e-mail address. Not necessarily a totally fake address--I don't know if campaign websites actually require you to verify your e-mail address the way other places do when you're creating an account--but it shouldn't be too hard to set up a free e-mail account and then use that when you're donating.
In the case of having to verify your email address, you can get email address specifically for that. They're only good for something like a few hours or a day, then they disappear.

For a case like this, I'd suggest setting up a spam account, using that along with a bs phone number. As soon as the election season is over and you're done with any donations, abandon the account..or use it for other similar things, where you just need an email to sign up for something (and verify your email account) but you're otherwise not interested in anything they'll send you.

I'd say use a fake house address to, but since I assume they need to track where the money came from, you might not be able to get away with that.
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Old 03-06-2020, 09:29 PM
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Can you just unsubscribe? If not, then maybe just snail-mail them a check with your donation (checks - remember those?). I suspect while there will be someone there to accept your donation and cash the check, they will no longer have the infrastructure to capture your mailing address, much less send you another envelope requesting more money, in this digital world.
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Old 03-06-2020, 08:16 PM
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I donated to a campaign. Maybe two hours after I donated I got an email asking for money.

The next morning I got another email asking for money.

I unsubscribed and they are not getting any more money.

I realize these are automated systems but they are WAAAY too aggressive and downright annoying.

Likewise I donated to a PAC...same shit. Every...fucking...day. "OMG! Did you see this shit!!!! The sky is falling! Donate now or the world will end!!!!!!"

Maybe it works and that is the best way to get money even if they are pissing me off. I am aligned with their politics. I am not on board with being informed daily of why I need to give them more money.
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I signed one online petition a year ago and I've been getting several emails a day ever since begging for my attention.
You're worried about emails? When I donated to the Obama campaign, I got emails, postal mail, and phone calls. They were relentless! I don't recall giving them my email address or phone number, but they must have used a Jedi mind trick on me.

On the plus side, the Democratic Party sent me some nice return address labels years ago. Since I hardly ever mail anything, I still haven't used them up!
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Send me the money. I will donate it, less ten percent. I ain't ascared of email and calls.
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Old 03-07-2020, 12:45 AM
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You're worried about emails? When I donated to the Obama campaign, I got emails, postal mail, and phone calls. They were relentless! I don't recall giving them my email address or phone number, but they must have used a Jedi mind trick on me.
Once you give out any contact information, it will get spread around farther and faster than .... than .... well, than any novel virus. And with your info out there on a hundred mailing lists or more, you'll never be able to unsubscribe.

One will be well-advised to learn the story of Ms. Releasha Jones, reported a while back on this very message board!

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Honestly, no. You can unsubscribe but no campaign worth it’s salt is going to take anonymous donations. The ‘gotcha’ stories write themselves.
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Is there a way I can donate to political causes without getting on mailing lists?
* Envelopes of small, unmarked currency slid into office mail slots.
* Gallon honey jars stuffed with coins. Provide hand sanitizer.
* Anonymous cashiers' cheques. Leave no fingerprints.
* A safe fell off a truck in front of campaign HQ.
* Say your surname is Koch or Walton.
* For fun, donate cryptocurrency.
* Gift the candidate's mom.
* Give counterfeits.
* Leave a will.
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Old 03-07-2020, 08:12 PM
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I donated to Pete and Liz using ActBlue. I got a lot of email from Pete until I merely unsubscribed. Didn’t get any more.

Got a moderate amount of email from Liz (not nearly as much as Pete). Haven’t had to unsub from her.

I haven’t gotten any snail mail from Pete or Liz. I did get a ton of mail from Bloomberg.

I suspect the Pete and Liz campaigns knew I was going to vote for them and didn’t need to spend the money to solicit my vote. The Bloomberg campaign blanketed all democratic voters. Or all voters, they could afford it. Nothing short of not voting could keep my home address out of the hands of campaign offices. Anyone can get all that info for free from the county.

I don’t see what’s so hard about unsubscribing from mailing lists you don’t want to be on. Yes there’s risk of getting more spam when you interact with actual nameless, faceless spam operations. But real legit organizations have a vested interest in keeping their lists clean.

Just unsubscribe for Pete’s sake.
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