Romney supporter uses Chamber email

January 28, 2008

Got this email over the weekend:

——- Inquirers Information ——-
Company: citizen
Individual: Mr. Michael f. McCarthy
Address LN1: 22977 Palazzo del Kayla
Address LN2:
City, ST ZIP: Hayward CA 94541
Phone: 510-889-7488
———– Message Below ———–

The “powers that be” want Clinton and McCain. They’re the “come back kids” because voters don’t hear about their past or think about their future policies. Clinton will continue to manipulate “the media”, pander to the middle class and plead “peace at any price”; and, you know McCain will say anything to please “the media”, trade tax hikes for “his” spending cuts and bluster war-like to ease security concerns. They’ll give terrorists their “Rights” and punish our soldiers for being too diligent. They’re out to “save the planet” and “fight corporate power” so we’ll have new Energy regulation, taxation and litigation that increases government power. They’ll bring in with them majorities of like minded Senate, House and State Legislators who will implement their agenda; and, they’ll appoint activist judges so our livelihood, liberty and property rights will not be protected in the courts. McCain would govern, just as he legislates, pleasing the left and scorning the right. Even if McCain wins, limited government free market conservatives lose. Our real choice is not in November, it’s NOW ! We STOP McCAIN by voting for MITT ROMNEY. (

Not sure the Chamber approves of this use of their email system.

  • j5driver January 28, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    There is no violation of privacy or 501-C status unless the chamber itself provides the sender a private email list.
    BUT, if the chamber sends out an email that has every single recipient in the “TO” section of the email then that list is no longer private and can be harvested by anyone.
    Additionally, an email collector can easily cross-reference public records of chamber membership with harvested email addresses.
    W/out having time to look it up, I think the CAN-SPAM legislation does make it illegal to mis-represent the sender information.

  • reality check January 28, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Unless the supporter and sender of the email used the Chamber Email List as their source for the communications. Even if sent by private email, the membership list is typically considered private and not for use by any one, including other members, for political purposes (hence their 501(c) status).

    So this is a violation of Chamber’s tax status if that list is not made available to all the candidates – Dems and Repubs.

    I’m sure all our local businesses will LOVE getting all that spam from Hillary, Barack, John, Rudy, Mitt, John, Mike and Ron.

  • Scooby Doon't January 28, 2008 at 11:55 am

    I “also” was “confused” about the “chamber” reference, but not “nearly” as “frustrated” as reading this “email” with all the “quotation marks.”

    I have to assume that Mr. McCarthy, whoever he is, physically performed the air quotes as he was typing, which must have added greatly to the time it took to write.

  • j5driver January 28, 2008 at 11:44 am

    What “chamber”? is AT&T. (used to be SW bell, they bought AT&T long distance, re-branded, bought bellsouth).

    it is just an an email from somebody on an AT&T personal email account. no different than if you email 100 friends saying “vote for rick” in AZ…..