Spam Promoting Herman Cain

Today I received spam promoting the candidacy of US presidential candidate Herman Cain. I have no idea how I came to be on their email list. I don’t subscribe to political mailings and I’m very careful to try to avoid giving any personal information to companies or organizations that I think might sell my address to anyone else, getting me even more unwanted mail.

The source IP address is, coming from a server in the domain, which is registered to an email service provider called Lyris. Lyris may want to contact Jordan Gehrke of Americans for Herman Cain and ask him where exactly this email list came from. Political senders often buy/sell/trade email lists, claiming a nonsense exemption under CAN-SPAM. Thankfully, internet service providers and blocklisters are just as willing to block unwanted political spam as they are willing to block commercial spam.

Received: from (HELO (
by xx with SMTP; 19 Oct 2011 01:xx:xx -0000
Received: from ( by
(PowerMTA(TM) v3.5r15) id xx for <xx>;
Tue, 18 Oct 2011 17:xx:xx -0700 (envelope-from <>)
To: <xx>
Subject: =?utf-8?Q?great=20herman=20cain=20vid?=
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2011 17:xx:xx -0700
Reply-To: <>
List-Unsubscribe: <xx>
Message-ID: <>
MIME-Version: 1.0
From: "=?utf-8?Q?Jordan=20Gehrke,=20Americans=20for=20Herman=20Cain?="

One Response to Spam Promoting Herman Cain

  1. We’re looking into this now, in fact.

    Thanks for keeping us on our toes!

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