Tags: states | selling | voters | emails

States Selling Your Emails to Campaigns

Tuesday, 07 Feb 2012 12:25 AM

Some 19 states and the District of Columbia are collecting the email addresses of voters on their voter registration cards.

At least nine of those states are in turn selling your email addresses to political parties, organizing groups and lawmakers who can use them to send unsolicited emails, Fox News reports.

And it's all legal.

The CAN-SPAM (Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing) law enacted in 2003 restricts mass emailings from commercial entities and on things considere spam or pornography. But political messages are protected as free speech by the First Amendment.

"Political communications are not spam. Political communications are a demonstration of free speech in America," Stuart Shapiro, president of iConstituent, a Washington, D.C.-based firm which uses state-generated email lists to send messages on behalf of clients, told Fox.

"There is a tenet in government that is based on communicating with our constituents, and email is one of the most effective ways to do it," Shapiro said. "People look forward to it and want it."

Like phone numbers, email addresses ae optional bits of information you can give as you register to vote. But the fact that email addresses are 'optional' may not be clear to the average voter. Voter advocates argue that such practice should be made clear to voters.



© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Contestants Vie for Miss Universe Crown in Miami on Sunday

Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 11:04 AM

A new Miss Universe will be crowned Sunday night in Miami, with participants from 88 countries taking part.The contestan . . .

'American Sniper' Continues Surge With $64.4 Million

Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 11:01 AM

Clint Eastwood's American Sniper continued its box office dominance this weekend, picking up $64.4 million and steamro . . .

TV Talk Show Pioneer Joe Franklin Dies

Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 08:59 AM

Pioneering radio and TV host Joe Franklin, who gave breaks to the likes of Al Pacino and Bill Cosby on his variety show  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved