Do politicians buy lists of contributors from other politicians? Or do they just hand them over and say, Here ya go! I’m sure these thousands of people would love to get mail from you!
When we were waiting for the debate to start Monday night, we could hear three people talking on the row behind us. They talked about Sarah Palin (love her) and Barack Obama (not so much) and John McCain (better than Obama). They didn’t mention Joe Biden. No one ever mentions Joe Biden.\One of the men mentioned that he always gets email from the McCain campaign. The other man (the woman wasn’t really saying much) asked how he, too, could get on the McCain email list. The first man told him that he could go to McCain’s website but that he was pretty sure Fred Thompson had given McCain his info. Frank and I looked at each other and chuckled, because we, too, were victims of Teh Fred’s generosity with his direct mail list. Before Palin was picked for McCain’s VP, we had given money to only one politician since we had moved to Idaho — Fred Thompson. Yet one day, we received a hilarious letter from the RNC, and there is no way they could have found us on their own (they couldn’t even find a conservative agenda, and they’re supposed to be experts at that). We rent and aren’t listed with our new address in any phone books, and really, I don’t think the RNC trolls phone books for their direct mailing lists. Republicans probably just assume that if you support the conservative Republican, you’ll automatically want to support the far less conservative Republican, because they think that if someone calls himself a Republican, we, the constituents, are dumb enough to think he is automatically conservative — and actually, people who don’t pay
closeany attention to politics do probably think that way.
I don’t know if Teh Fred gave Frank’s email address out — I don’t check his email. I *am* on McCain’s spamlist ever since we donated, but I only open them when they’re from Governor Palin. I should probably open them more often, though — they’re surely full of blog fodder.