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I thought Republicans hated spam?

September 17th, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

Today I received an email to an OLD email alias I had used in the late 90's for one of those browser bars that pays you to surf (Spedia) - that address has obviously been resold to various people and companies, but this is pretty nuts. The marketeers behind the McCain/Palin campaign have actually purchased a list that includes that email alias, which means they're not really sending out emails to so-called "targeted" folks. The email alias I had registered has no context related to it; they're just sending out emails to anyone on a list they've purchased.

Pretty weak. I checked the headers too. This is legitimately from his campaign email marketing!

Delivered-To: [email protected]
Received: by with SMTP id b5cs104203wfc;
        Wed, 17 Sep 2008 17:02:21 -0700 (PDT)
Received: by with SMTP id u19mr247318ybb.24.1221696140048;
        Wed, 17 Sep 2008 17:02:20 -0700 (PDT)
Return-Path: <[email protected]>
Received: from sm1.johnmccain.com (sm1.johnmccain.com [])
        by mx.google.com with ESMTP id 6si22813870ywn.0.2008.;
        Wed, 17 Sep 2008 17:02:20 -0700 (PDT)
Received-SPF: pass (google.com: domain of [email protected] designates as permitted sender) client-ip=;
Authentication-Results: mx.google.com; spf=pass (google.com: domain of [email protected] designates as permitted sender) [email protected]
Received: from unknown (unknown [])
	by sm1.johnmccain.com (Postfix) with QMQP id 4A6E3490F6
	for <[email protected]>; Wed, 17 Sep 2008 20:02:19 -0400 (EDT)
Errors-To: <[email protected]>
X-Bounce-Track: <[email protected]>
From: "McCain Palin 2008" <[email protected]>
To: <[email protected]>
Subject: Get Your Oregon Absentee Ballot
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: multipart/alternative;
Message-Id: <[email protected]>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2008 20:02:19 -0400 (EDT)

The text of the email?

Your vote in this election is more critical than ever as the polls show John McCain and Governor Palin in a virtual tie. Voting early by absentee ballot or in person is the best way to get your vote counted now and avoid the long lines on Election Day.

... more stuff hoping to rope in absentee votes for their party ...

P.S. If you are not yet registered to vote, please register right away by following this link. [link to johnmccain.com]


Please visit this page if you want to remove yourself from the email list. [link to johnmccain.com]


Paid for by McCain-Palin 2008

It even has a proper SPF record. So yes, they have officially sent me unsolicited email from an email list sold to them... However, they use Postfix - I'll give them props for that.

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