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Wed Aug 24, 2022, 12:54 PM

Dear Democratic campaign fundraisers:

Just because I have contributed to your campaigns in the past does not mean that I want three or four e-mails or texts a day asking for more money. I know how to send more money if I decide to do so. I do not need multiple prompts per day.

One more thing. Please do not ask in e-mails that I verify that I am still a Democrat. That really gets up my nose.

Here endeth the rant.

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Reply Dear Democratic campaign fundraisers: (Original post)
TomSlick Aug 2022 OP
brooklynite Aug 2022 #1
TomSlick Aug 2022 #6
brooklynite Aug 2022 #8
TomSlick Aug 2022 #9
brooklynite Aug 2022 #10
TomSlick Aug 2022 #11
TomSlick Aug 2022 #7
MerryHolidays Aug 2022 #2
northoftheborder Aug 2022 #3
pwb Aug 2022 #4
madamesilverspurs Aug 2022 #5

Response to TomSlick (Original post)

Wed Aug 24, 2022, 01:02 PM

1. I'm sure the rant will get all the attention it deserves...

If you don't want me and other deep pockets funders being the focus of campaigns, you're going to have to accept that incessant emails are the way to generate micro-contributions. If they didn't, campaigns wouldn't use them.

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 24, 2022, 05:45 PM

6. I am hardly a deep pocket funder.

Neither am I a simpleton than needs several reminders a day that campaigns need money. I am looking for a golden mean. An e-mail once a week would be lovely.

Angering micro-contributors cannot be productive.

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Response to TomSlick (Reply #6)

Wed Aug 24, 2022, 06:31 PM

8. " Angering micro-contributors cannot be productive."

Again, if the strategy didn’t generate revenue, campaigns wouldn’t apply it.

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #8)

Wed Aug 24, 2022, 08:06 PM

9. It's like e-mails from a Saudi prince. It only takes one response to make it worth while.

The difference is that campaigns cannot know how many small donors will not donate again because of the Saudi prince technique. I suspect a disproportionate percentage of Democrats recognize the technique and are not amused.

I don't respond to e-mails from Saudi princes either.

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Response to TomSlick (Reply #9)

Wed Aug 24, 2022, 10:44 PM

10. No it doesn't take one response...

A scam attempt is generally built to encourage one payment. Political campaigns are built around recurring micropayments by a large group. If incessant emails had a negative effect on continual return, they wouldn't be used.

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #10)

Thu Aug 25, 2022, 07:28 PM

11. Perhaps.

There is one out-of-state Democratic campaign that ignores my frequent requests for no future texts. That same campaign gets around my blocking texts by switching to different sending numbers. That campaign has guaranteed that my political contributions will go elsewhere.

It may be that the incessant badgering will cause some number of prior contributors to pony-up again. It also may be that a number of prior contributors like me will send their money elsewhere. Whether or not these tactics create more contributions than they lose is probably unknowable. In any event, the use of the Saudi prince tactic is something I would expect from TFG and not Democrats.

As a small donor, I must make decisions about which Democratic campaign funds I can support. Those that use fund raising techniques that I find harassing or insulting will not make the cut.

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Response to TomSlick (Original post)

Wed Aug 24, 2022, 01:14 PM

2. I totally agree. I gave money in 2020 at the federal level

including small donations to a variety of Senate races throughout the US. What incensed me is that my few donations in 2020 propagated to TONS of state and federal candidates in 2022 who I had NO CLUE about. I guess I failed to check some data privacy field in one of the contributions I made that led to my name, email address/phone being traded around the country.

I found it DEEPLY annoying.

I have spent quite a bit of time sorting through campaign emails and texts, relegating them to junk or trash. It's not that I don't support the candidates, but if a business did this kind of spamming, I wouldn't hesitate to turn them into the appropriate federal and state regulators.

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Response to TomSlick (Original post)

Wed Aug 24, 2022, 02:03 PM

3. Ditto ditto ditto

Receiving hundreds of emails a day. Tired of it. Most from states outside mine.

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Response to TomSlick (Original post)

Wed Aug 24, 2022, 02:45 PM

4. Donate using a Postal Service money order.

Use just your name and address. They won't know how to bug you? Mail maybe but thats good.

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Response to TomSlick (Original post)

Wed Aug 24, 2022, 02:45 PM

5. Same goes for those online "polls".

Simple question is usually something like "Do you support Biden?" So you open the poll and click "yes", only to be greeted with more questions. Finally, it continues to "how much will you contribute today", the clear implication being that failure to donate means that your opinion doesn't really matter. Aren't we supposed to be better than that kind of stuff??


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