Thursday, August 21, 2008

"Past Due" my arse!

Look, I understand that I'm on every Republican direct mail list known to man. I subscribe (or previously subscribed) to conservative periodicals. I'm involved in my local party. I even donated a very small amount to an ultimately disappointing Presidential candidate. So I understand that I'm going to be swamped with direct mail.

But the RNC takes the cake on this one...

Today I got a piece of mail that blew my mind. A bright yellow envelope with the words "PAST DUE" printed in stark red from the RNC.

Chairman Duncan, you are not "DUE" anything. Your partisans are DUE some actual conservative governance.

This presumptuousness is a very poor communication strategy.

EDIT: Photo added (Welcome Grapevine readers!)
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9 comments:

Doug Winship said...

This is not the first of these I've gotten.
I agree, it is without doubt the stupidest way of getting a potential donor's attention I can think of.

Worse, I've gotten them from CHARITIES as well.

It is one reason I tend to give to individual candidates, rather than the RNC.

Anonymous said...

Brother I'm with you, between the RNC & McCain, they are in my mail box everyday! And that doesn't even begin do cover all the email they spam me with.

Larry said...

When they do something about Stevens and the gang on Alaska....

When they get rid of Carly...

When they deal with a couple of other OVER DUE problems, then and only then will I think about donations.

At the moment, they need to work on keeping my votes come election day.

Anonymous said...

A charity that I used to donate to did something similar. They sent me an invoice for my "annual dues". I had never promised them anything more than the checks I sent once or twice a year, and I have not given them even a dime since then.

Some people just don't get the "voluntary" part of "voluntary donation"...

Anonymous said...

My new retirement plan in action - I donatied $5 to each candidate for President this past primary season and addressed the mail to a PO I'd set up just for this purpose, just to get on the multiple campaigns' and parties' mailing lists. I'm watching who they sell/share my info with, all correspondence addressed to this PO, I'm assuming, derives from my thirteen contributions. By my best guess, I have about $50 of Joe Biden and Fred Thompson literature piled up and $500 each from Obama and McCain, with other candidates somewhere in between. The Edwards material itself makes for great reading, if you add "and Rielle agrees as well" to the end of all the written material.

I 'll archive it all up in a box, store it for twenty years then donate it to some university and take a tax deduction for a few thousand dollars.

Lars said...

Off topic, but I live in Lewistown. I certainly never thought I'd see a pic of the sentinel following a link from Hot Air. Local boy makes good! Way to go.

benning said...

I donated to a large charity some years ago. When the requests for more donations began coming at a rate of one every two weeks I realized I was not helping but enabling. They still send requests, but now the envelopes hit the trash bag - unopened - every time.

Anonymous said...

At the beginning of tghis election campaign, I told a Republican Party staffer here in Pennsylvania that I had no intention of donating anything to anyone, and asked that my name be taken off their lists. To their credit, I have not received a single piece of mail soliciting funds (vs. scores of such pieces when I lived in Wisconsin duiring the last Presidential election)!

Samay said...

Just shows the contempt a lot of the DC Republicans have for the base. They actually assume that people who live outside the cities are all easily led hicks who might get fooled by a "Past Due" notice. What next, McCain's favorite squirrel stew recipe?