Faithful America: Mailing a Long-Closed Email Address

Faithful America, an organization of religious people who support progressive causes, is spamming an email address that was turned into a spamtrap about a year ago after rejecting email at SMTP time for over eighteen months. Their ESP is SalsaLabs, aka Wired for Change.

Sending IP: 69.174.83.181

Spam Sample:

Actual Headers:

Received: from m181.salsalabs.net (m181.salsalabs.net [69.174.83.181])
        by <xxx> (Postfix) with ESMTP id <xxx>
        for <xxx>; Thu, 20 Oct 2011 08:xx:xx -0500 (CDT)
Received: from [10.174.xx.xx] ([10.174.xx.xx:xx] helo=<xxx>.salsalabs.net)
        by <xxx>.salsalabs.net (envelope-from <<xxx>@bounces.salsalabs.net>)
        (ecelerity 3.2.3.43244 r(43244)) with ESMTP
        id <xxx>; Thu, 20 Oct 2011 09:xx:xx -0400
Message-ID: <<xxx>.mail.democracyinaction.org>
Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2011 09:xx:xx -0400 (EDT)
From: "Beth Dahlman, Faithful America" <mail@faithfulamerica.org>
Reply-To: mail@faithfulamerica.org
To: <xxx>
Subject: FREE sticker to support the 99%
Mime-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: multipart/alternative;
        boundary="----=_Part_<xxx>7"
Envelope-From: <<xxx>@bounces.salsalabs.net>
X_email_KEY: <xxx>
X-campaignid: <xxx>

Readable Email:

From: Beth Dahlman, Faithful America <mail@faithfulamerica.org>
To: <spamtrap>
Subject: FREE sticker to support the 99%
Reply-To: mail@faithfulamerica.org

Dear <xxx>,

As the Occupy Wall Street movement explodes across America, the religious right is up to their same old tricks: *The Family Research Council just sent out an email actually asking their supporters to “pray” for the movement to fail. *

We think it’s important to show that people of faith are standing in solidarity with those struggling for economic justice. *So today we’re offering a free “Jesus is with the 99%” sticker* [ http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/<xxx> ] to anyone who wants to show their support.

<removed>

Click here to unsubscribe [ http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/<xxx> ]

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3 Responses to Faithful America: Mailing a Long-Closed Email Address

  1. All of these months later, Faithful America is still emailing the same spamtrap. This is not unusual in my experience. Once a spamtrap gets onto a list, unless those responsible for managing the list repermission the list or quit sending email to inactive email addresses, the spamtrap usually stays on the list and continues to receive spam.

    Unfortunately political mailing lists are often poorly managed because the laws against spam usually exempt political and non-profit groups, especially in the United States. Often those who manage such lists feel entitled to send their email on an opt-out basis because they feel that their cause is good. I find that attitude obnoxious because spam is sent largely on a postage-due basis — the recipient pays at least as much to receive it as the sender does to send it. For a political or non-profit group to make others pay the costs of their advertising is at least as offensive as for a business to do this.

    Most businesses seem to do a better job of limiting spam and cleaning up their lists than most non-profits, however. Maybe they are intrinsically more customer-aware, or maybe their lawyers insist that they avoid breaking the local laws. I wish that those who manage political lists would learn from business not to ignore bounces, continue emailing inactive email addresses, and take other measures to be sure that those who receive their email actually asked for it and want it.

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