On July 29, I received an unsolicited bulk email message from Ayanna Pressley, a candidate for one of the Boston City Council’s At-Large seats, with the Subject line, “Our Campaign Kick-Off for Boston City Council At Large!” The email message to which it was sent (I use different email addresses for different purposes to make tracing things like this easier) made it clear that Pressley obtained my email address through my activism in support of Barack Obama during the last presidential campaign. Certainly, I never provided by email address to Pressley or gave her permission to send me bulk email.
I responded as follows:
I might have considered voting for you if you hadn’t spammed me.
I don’t patronize companies, support organizations, or vote for politicians who send me bulk email without my consent.
I never gave you permission to put my email address on your bulk email list, so you shouldn’t have done it; it’s just that simple.
Pressley, or her staff, could have responded with an apology, or even with a simple acknowledgment and confirmation that I had been unsubscribed from her list. Any response of that sort would have prompted me to at least reconsider whether I would support her candidacy, and probably would have prevented me from posting this blog entry. Instead, I received no response at all, thus cementing my decision not to support her.
On the bright side, at least she hasn’t spammed me again.