Likely scam alert: “United Forward PAC”

By | August 19, 2020

I just received a solicitation from yet another organization, “United Forward PAC,” purporting to be a PAC working to elect Democrats up and down the ballot:

Jonathan,

Republicans in Congress have gone unchecked for far too long. Instead of working towards bipartisan goals and actually helping their constituents, they’re waging unprecedented attacks against our country’s most basic principles and institutions -- most recently the Postal Service. What’s more, they’re preventing Democrats from making progress on the most pressing policies of our time, from gun safety, to climate change, to immigration reform and more.

That’s where United Forward comes in. 

At United Forward, we’re dedicated to uniting Americans in protecting our democracy, electing Democrats up and down the ballot, who are focused on moving our nation forward. We’re working to elect leadership who will put working families first -- we’re building people power to win in 2020 and beyond.

Of course, undoing the damage Trump and the Republicans that came before him inflicted will take more than just an election. That’s why we’re rolling up our sleeves, empowering grassroots voters, and building a movement to organize across the country to return power to the people in this election and beyond.

We can only move forward if we are united. That’s what United Forward is about, and that’s why we’re glad to have you on our team.
 
DONATE $10
DONATE $25
DONATE $50
DONATE $100
OTHER AMOUNT
 

We’ll send you updates, information, and important calls to action so you can get involved and help our country move forward. We’re excited to work alongside you -- sign on to say you’re with us.

Thanks,

John Todd
United Forward

United Forward is a movement dedicated to fighting for a better, fairer, and brighter future for every American. If you no longer wish to receive emails from us, please .

Click here to help power our movement >>

Paid for by United Forward PAC

United Forward PAC
80 M St SE
Washington, DC 20003

Let’s talk about all the reasons why this is suspicious:

  1. Why do we suddenly need a new PAC working to elect Democrats less than three months before the November elections? How does it possibly make sense to spin up an entirely new organization from scratch this close to the election, rather than leveraging one of the many PACs that already exist for this purpose and are fully spun-up and actively working?
  2. Why doesn’t this solicitation say anything about which candidates it is supporting or which races it is involving itself with?
  3. Who is “John Todd” and why is he qualified to lead a PAC? Who else is involved with running this PAC?
  4. Why doesn’t their web site work?
  5. Why don’t their job postings answer any of these questions?
  6. Why did they file twice with the FEC, once as “United Forward” and once as “United Forward PAC“?
  7. Why is their official mailing address a WeWork?
  8. Why did they send me (and, presumably, many others) unsolicited email without telling us where they got our email addresses from, in violation of the terms of use of Sendgrid, the service they sent the email through?
  9. Why don’t they have any presence on Twitter?

In short, I don’t know who these people are, but I think it’s unlikely they’re up to anything good, and even if they are, there are many other, more established PACs you’re better off supporting.

P.S. If you got a solicitation from this PAC, please forward a copy of it as an attachment to [email protected] and let them know that you did not sign up for emails from this sender and they’re therefore in violation of Sendgrid’s terms of use. Even if they are a legit PAC, they deserve to get kicked off of Sendgrid for spamming, and the more people report them, the more likely that is.

(Cross-posted at Daily Kos.)

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