Emails with threats in the subject line

 

As is usual, the Republican Party is bombarding me with emails soliciting donations.  I normally throw them in the trash and move on.  Lately, however, they have progressed to using threats and disparagement.  I wonder, do they think that threats, and admonishments will make me more likely to donate?  Here are some subject lines in emails I have received in the past week.

Please don’t make us pass this on to another patriot.

Warning.

You have abandoned your conservative values.

Your ban will become permanent tomorrow.

Do they really think those subject lines will get me to donate today?  Or do those subject lines make it more likely that I will refuse to donate ever again?  This looks like increasing desperation to me, not a party that is confident that it has support all over the country and expects to win big in November.  Are they acting like the losers they have always been?  I think maybe they are.  So, why would I donate to the party that sees itself as losers?

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  1. Arahant Member
    Arahant
    @Arahant

    Respond: “You are obviously Democrats in disguise, or you wouldn’t be alienating potential donors. You want the Republican Party to fail. I know your game.”

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  2. Marjorie Reynolds Coolidge
    Marjorie Reynolds
    @MarjorieReynolds

    I’d be unsubscribing if it was me. What an insult.

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  3. Hartmann von Aue Member
    Hartmann von Aue
    @HartmannvonAue

    If you keep deleting them unopened long enough, their mailer will give up. I know. 

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  4. kedavis Coolidge
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Hartmann von Aue (View Comment):

    If you keep deleting them unopened long enough, their mailer will give up. I know.

    Some email systems allow you to send a “reply” that looks like an “email does not exist” error message from a server.

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  5. She Member
    She
    @She

    Wow.  Could some of them be scams or phishing?  A legitimate outfit with any sense should realize what a turn-off that sort of heavy-handedness is.  I’m gathering that political and charitable PAC-scamming has been on the upswing the past few years, with donation solicitations looking completely legitimate being traced back to shady outfits pocketing the money.  If they’re legit, what a bone-headed move.

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  6. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge
    Fake John/Jane Galt
    @FakeJohnJaneGalt

    You should see from the Left side.  

    You guys are coming to get them with your White Racist Ultra Maga minority.

     

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  7. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens
    @BryanGStephens

    I stopped donating to the GOP under Bush when they could not confirm judges.

    I’d never donate now, when it is clear they hate me so much. 

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  8. Paul Stinchfield Member
    Paul Stinchfield
    @PaulStinchfield

    RushBabe49: Your ban will become permanent tomorrow.

    Those do look more like scams from Democrat operatives.

    If you can retrieve them from the Trash folder, someone with a little internet savvy could inspect the email headers and message bodies for clues as to who is really sending them–and that might be revealing.

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  9. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge
    Fake John/Jane Galt
    @FakeJohnJaneGalt

    One thing.  I am and have always been a Democrat.  I sign up to no GOP / Republican email at this email address.  I actually have one for Democrat and another for Republican.  When I start getting nutty Republican stuff on my Democrat address, I sort of feel like it is a Democrat undercover operation.  I have seen many of them over the years.  

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  10. Douglas Pratt Coolidge
    Douglas Pratt
    @DouglasPratt

    It’s a general thing, and I resent it too. Along with article headlines that tell me how I’ll feel after reading it. Just tell me what happened, and I’ll decide if I’m shocked, appalled, nauseated, or whatever.

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  11. EB Thatcher
    EB
    @EB

    I think they are probably real and I think they have a very low opinion of their potential donors.

    I keep getting things from “Trump” threatening to cancel my connection and I think, “If only!”

     

    I put “Trump” in quotes because they may be from one of his orgs or may be from some group battening on him.  Who can tell?

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  12. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    I don’t bother reading anything – they go straight to the circular file.  We donate money directly to individual candidates, not the national or even state party machines . . .

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  13. Red Herring Coolidge
    Red Herring
    @EHerring

    I don’t get threatening ones but I have noticed I keep getting on email newsletter lists that I haven’t subscribed to. I get several different emails raising money for Trump but ignore all. I can go to the official site to donate. The standard tactic in the ones I get arrive as a poll asking which issues are important to me with a request for money so they can fight for the issues. I resent those. They were elected to fight for the issues. If they want money for ads, say so.

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  14. Douglas Pratt Coolidge
    Douglas Pratt
    @DouglasPratt

    Stad (View Comment):

    I don’t bother reading anything – they go straight to the circular file. We donate money directly to individual candidates, not the national or even state party machines . . .

    Same here. I have no patience for professional money-raisers. They all sound alike.

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  15. DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic Oaf Member
    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic Oaf
    @DrewInWisconsin

    She (View Comment):

    Wow. Could some of them be scams or phishing? A legitimate outfit with any sense should realize what a turn-off that sort of heavy-handedness is. I’m gathering that political and charitable PAC-scamming has been on the upswing the past few years, with donation solicitations looking completely legitimate being traced back to shady outfits pocketing the money. If they’re legit, what a bone-headed move.

    Over the last few years I have been hearing more and more reports about the offensiveness of RNC e-mail and text solicitations. I think they’re legit. And legitimately awful.

     

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  16. The Cynthonian Member
    The Cynthonian
    @TheCynthonian

    @rushbabe49, do these mails purport to be from the national GOP, or the state party?   If you hover your cursor over the sender’s email address, you may see a way to expand it to the full address.   Seems to me I’ve left- or right-clicked to see the “real” sending address.   I do this when I get phishing emails that appear to be from Amazon or PayPal, which are frequent.

    I don’t get those type of emails from either the national or state GOP, and trust me, they have at least one of my email addresses.

     

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  17. Stina Member
    Stina
    @CM

    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic … (View Comment):

    She (View Comment):

    Wow. Could some of them be scams or phishing? A legitimate outfit with any sense should realize what a turn-off that sort of heavy-handedness is. I’m gathering that political and charitable PAC-scamming has been on the upswing the past few years, with donation solicitations looking completely legitimate being traced back to shady outfits pocketing the money. If they’re legit, what a bone-headed move.

    Over the last few years I have been hearing more and more reports about the offensiveness of RNC e-mail and text solicitations. I think they’re legit. And legitimately awful.

     

    A newsletter with local/state/national party news, meetings, events, and progress on major issues with a poll question on issues and a link at the bottom for donations might be a far better method of getting donations.

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  18. Paul Stinchfield Member
    Paul Stinchfield
    @PaulStinchfield

    EB (View Comment):

    I think they are probably real and I think they have a very low opinion of their potential donors.

    I keep getting things from “Trump” threatening to cancel my connection and I think, “If only!”

     

    I put “Trump” in quotes because they may be from one of his orgs or may be from some group battening on him. Who can tell?

    Remember all those Beltway scammers who created fake Tea Party organizations? Just to divert as many donations as possible into their pockets? I’m sure there are lots of fake Trump organizations, too.

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  19. DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic Oaf Member
    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic Oaf
    @DrewInWisconsin

    Paul Stinchfield (View Comment):

    EB (View Comment):

    I think they are probably real and I think they have a very low opinion of their potential donors.

    I keep getting things from “Trump” threatening to cancel my connection and I think, “If only!”

    I put “Trump” in quotes because they may be from one of his orgs or may be from some group battening on him. Who can tell?

    Remember all those Beltway scammers who created fake Tea Party organizations? Just to divert as many donations as possible into their pockets? I’m sure there are lots of fake Trump organizations, too.

    Oh, definitely.

     

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  20. Paul Stinchfield Member
    Paul Stinchfield
    @PaulStinchfield

    The Cynthonian (View Comment):

    @ rushbabe49, do these mails purport to be from the national GOP, or the state party? If you hover your cursor over the sender’s email address, you may see a way to expand it to the full address. Seems to me I’ve left- or right-clicked to see the “real” sending address. I do this when I get phishing emails that appear to be from Amazon or PayPal, which are frequent.

    I don’t get those type of emails from either the national or state GOP, and trust me, they have at least one of my email addresses.

     

    Yes. And Right-Click plus “View Message Source” can show you the raw message, allowing you to see any actual “http:” or “https:” links (not just where the message claims the links go to.)

    • #20
  21. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    I don’t bother reading anything – they go straight to the circular file. We donate money directly to individual candidates, not the national or even state party machines . . .

    Same here. I have no patience for professional money-raisers. They all sound alike.

    And there are so many!  Even the charities I donate to overdo their soliciting . . .

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  22. Painter Jean Member
    Painter Jean
    @PainterJean

    I’ve been getting those from Trump’s organization. I agree – they’re insulting and certainly don’t inspire me to give anything. 

    • #22
  23. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHill
    @EJHill

    Hate is a powerful fundraiser for both sides. 

    • #23
  24. Gossamer Cat Coolidge
    Gossamer Cat
    @GossamerCat

    Absolutely hate all RNC type advertising and won’t donate until they change it and themselves.  Tell me what you are for, not the disaster that will befall us if you don’t sit pretty in Washington saying “No” when it doesn’t matter.  I haven’t forgiven the Republican party for their betrayal after Trump was elected and they had both houses.  

     

     

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  25. She Member
    She
    @She

    I see the same sorts of things on the TV every now and then.  Shouty guy, makes it sound like End Times are just round the corner if I don’t call this number to support President Trump and donate, or add my name to the list, RIGHT NOW.  Pretty sure they’re phony too.

    Stad (View Comment):

    I don’t bother reading anything – they go straight to the circular file. We donate money directly to individual candidates, not the national or even state party machines . . .

    I think this is the way to go.

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  26. Red Herring Coolidge
    Red Herring
    @EHerring

    Painter Jean (View Comment):

    I’ve been getting those from Trump’s organization. I agree – they’re insulting and certainly don’t inspire me to give anything.

    What I get:

    Contributions to Save America JFC are not deductible for federal income tax purposes.

    Paid for by Save America JFC, a joint fundraising committee on behalf of Save America and the Make America Great Again PAC. Save America JFC, PO Box 13570, Arlington, VA 22219

    Thank you for joining Team Trump. Thanks to your generous support, we’ll win BACK our Republican Majority in the House AND the Senate. To stay up-to-date on our latest efforts, President Trump needs you to sign up to become an Official Trump Text Member IMMEDIATELY.

    TEXT TRUMP to 88022 to start receiving text messages from President Trump.

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  27. Red Herring Coolidge
    Red Herring
    @EHerring

    PAID FOR BY MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN

    A GRASS ROOTS CONSERVATIVE VALUES COMMUNITY
    NOT AUTHORIZED BY ANY CANDIDATE OR CANDIDATES COMMITTEE

     

    Use of the name and likeness of any candidate or officeholder is for the purpose of this PACs political communication only and IN NO WAY indicates any authorization by, affiliation with, direction from, or endorsement by that person of any kind. Contributions from foreign nationals or entities are prohibited.

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  28. Red Herring Coolidge
    Red Herring
    @EHerring

    SaveAmerica.com* is the national voice of Campaign for Children and Families, otherwise known as SaveCalifornia.com, which, since 1999, has been championing the moral, social, fiscal, and constitutional values that greatly benefit for children and families. If you support these rock-solid values and want to help save America, please give a gift of any size today. Your donation is confidential and tax-deductible. Our mailing address is CCF, P.O. Box 511, Sacramento, CA 95812.

    * We are an independent nonprofit organization not affiliated with Save America PAC or with President Donald Trump. One of the key benefits of donating to us is your name and address are confidential, unlike being publicly disclosed by a political action committee (PAC) or candidate. 

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  29. DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic Oaf Member
    DrewInWisconsin, Unapologetic Oaf
    @DrewInWisconsin

    Red Herring (View Comment):
    Your donation is confidential and tax-deductible. Our mailing address is CCF, P.O. Box 511, Sacramento, CA 95812.

    Uh huh. Sacramento.

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  30. CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill Coolidge
    CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill
    @CarolJoy

    I  only donate to local state legislators. Number One on my donation list is Kevin Kiley.

    (Or sometimes to  specific individuals running in county elections.)

    I gave up donating to larger interests, like US Senators, when monies I deliberately donated to a specific candidate ended up being “given” to the Party At Large.

    Both Big Parties can bite me.

     

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