DCCC: Mailing Long-Closed Email Addresses

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), an organization affiliated with the U.S. Democratic political party, is spamming email addresses that have been closed for years, and in the interim bounced email at SMTP time with a 500-level rejection for over twelve consecutive months. In other words, these email addresses are spamtraps. If the DCCC continues to send bulk email to them in the quantities that I am seeing, they are likely to end up in trouble with anti-spam blacklists.

Their ESP is Democrat party favorite Blue State Digital. Blue State Digital needs to have a talk with its customer soon if it doesn’t want to have problems with blocklistings during a campaign season. (I am no political operative, but I think that would be inconvenient.)

Sending IP:

Spam Sample:

Actual Headers:

Received: from mta-inap9.bluestatedigital.com (mta-inap9.bluestatedigital.com [])
        by <xxx> (Postfix) with ESMTP id <xxx>
        for <xxx>; Mon, 17 Oct 2011 12:xx:xx -0500 (CDT)
Received: by mta-inap9.bluestatedigital.com (Postfix, from userid 508)
        id <xxx>; Mon, 17 Oct 2011 13:xx:xx -0400 (EDT)
DKIM-Signature: <xxx>
Received: from maillist-b
        by bounce.bluestatedigital.com with local (PHPMailer);
        Mon, 17 Oct 2011 13:xx:xx -0400
Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2011 13:xx:xx -0400
To: <spamtrap>
From: "Taryn Rosenkranz, MyDemocraticStore.com" <dccc@dccc.org>
Reply-to: dccc@dccc.org
Subject: Stand up for Women
Message-ID: <<xxx>@bounce.bluestatedigital.com>
X-Priority: 3
X-Mailer: PHPMailer [version 1.71-blue_mailer]
X-maillist-id: <xxx>
X-maillist-guid: <xxx>
List-Unsubscribe: <http://www.dccc.org/page/unsubscribe/?email=<xxx>>
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: multipart/alternative;

Readable Email:

From: Taryn Rosenkranz, MyDemocraticStore.com <dccc@dccc.org>
To: <spamtrap>
Subject: Stand up for Women
Reply-To: <dccc@dccc.org>

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