I’m now receiving unsolicited emails from The DC Republican Committee, each message arriving twice because two of my email addresses (which both forward to the same location) appear to have been subscribed. Here’s their newest “action alert” which just plopped into my inbox:

DC Needs More then (sic) Hearings

Washington, DC: The DC Republican Committee made the following statement in response to the City’s workers accused of corruption:

“When you have two city employees from the District’s Office of Tax and Revenue who alledgedly were so brazen in their corruption scheme as to have bought a 2005 Benty and spent over $1.4 million dollars from Neiman Marcus, the bottom line is the citizens of DC have to police their public officials,” stated DC Republican Chair Robert Kabel.

“Ward 2 Council Member Jack Evans, chairman of the finance and revenue committee, said he and Council Chairman Vincent Gray will hold oversight hearings. This is a start but not a solution. Reform must take place and the first step is to set up an independent office with subpoena power to root out waste, fraud, frills and abuse within DC Government,” concluded Kabel.

I have no comment on their suggestions for DC government — I’ll leave that to more savvy political commentators — but I do vehemently disagree with the text that follows at the bottom of the email:

You have received this message because you have subscribed to a mailing list of District of Columbia Republican Committee. If you do not wish to receive periodic emails from this source, please click below to unsubscribe.

No, I have not subscribed to any mailing list of DCGOP, and no way am I clicking on an “unsubscribe” link. Into the “Report Spam” bin this message goes.

5 Comments so far

  1. Anon (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 1:41 pm

    No need for the sic. What they’re saying is that DC needs more, then after we get more we can have some hearings. Simple really.

  2. Don (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 2:46 pm

    Spamhaus is painting with too wide a brush. Mail that you can validate came from where it purports to from organizations with money to lose are the one place you SHOULD use the unsub option. If they’re complying with the other sections of CAN-SPAM (and opt-out is, sadly, acceptable under CAN-SPAM) they’ll comply with that… unless they want to be fined.

  3. Tiffany (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 3:28 pm

    Political emails aren’t actually subject to CAN-SPAM, although it’s widely considered a "best practice" to comply with it.

  4. Don (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 3:36 pm

    Thanks Tiff – I got so worked up over the content of Spamhaus’ message that I umm kinda like forgot the whole point of the post.

  5. FrustratedEditor (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 3:52 pm

    (Sigh.) Doesn’t anyone proofread anymore?

    "bought a 2006 Benty" — It’s spelled Bentley

    "spent over 1.4 million dollars from Neiman Marcus." — No, they spent money AT Neiman Marcus.

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