Does this mean that Obama’s official campaign spams?
In addition to its other faults, Barack Obama’s official campaign sends what is arguably spam E-mail. We had been a member of my.barackobama.com, but our account was disabled for posting referenced quotations from Obama’s “Dreams From My Father” that demonstrated Obama’s forays into Black Nationalism, referenced excerpts from Michelle Obama’s thesis, and similar material.
Obama’s campaign certainly had every right in the world to exercise editorial control over my.barackobama.com (even though the disclaimer at the bottom of each page says it is not responsible for the content) by deciding that our material was not welcome there. However, we had the equal right to tell the Obama campaign that its E-mails were no longer welcome at our E-mail address. The following screen shot shows that we did so, and this was the second unsubscribe request we placed.
Note “July 5” and a promise that the unsubscribe would be processed within 12 hours.
The address in question is our Hotmail address, which accepts E-mail only from “safe listed” users. Readers who ask, “Why don’t you just take the domain off the safe list” should be reminded that senders of bulk E-mail, and not recipients, are obliged to control their mailing lists and process unsubscribe requests. Telling the recipient to block the E-mails or “just hit delete” has not been acceptable since Apex Global Internet Systems terminated Cyber Promotions Inc.’s account back in 1997, i.e. close to 11 years ago. In fact, it wasn’t considered acceptable even then.
In any event, it is a fact that we are on record as filing an unsubscribe request on July 5. It was not the first, but it its the first of which we have a screen shot. It is also a fact that the response was that the request would be processed within 12 hours. It is also a fact that we received the following, at the unsubscribed address, on July 9. Note:
(1) This is unlikely to be a “Joe Job” or revenge spam, in which a spammer forges someone else’s
domain into the headers of his spam to get them in trouble. Barackobama.com is safe listed for
this E-mail address, and outsiders who might be inclined to revenge-spam this domain are not.
Furthermore, few people even know our Hotmail address, and we edited out of the screen shot we
IMPORTANT: The responsibility to process the unsubscribe request was that of the Obama campaign and not that of Blue State Digital. The Obama campaign evidently failed to do this, which says quite a bit about its character and lack of responsibility.
(3) As a side note, the Obama campaign also felt free to add our PERSONAL E-mail address to
its bulk mailings in response to a criticism of Obama (as opposed to a sign-up). As far as
we know, an E-mail to someone (e.g. info “at” barackobama.com) does not constitute a subscription.
Since the Obama campaign seems to feel that “Just Press Delete” is an acceptable response to an
unsubscribe request, we encourage our readers to do exactly that on November 4. The “Delete” button
says “John McCain.”
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