In 2007, before the newsletter scandals, I sent a couple hundred bucks to the Ron Paul campaign. As a result, I ended up on his email mailing list. It appears that at some point, Paul sold this list to various political groups, and as a result, I’ve gotten a steady stream of junk emails from causes I don’t like. For example, the one above.
Getting emails like this makes me far less likely to send more money to the Paul campaign. I suspect I’m not the only one who feels this way. I don’t know how much money Dr. Paul got by selling his email list, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t worth it.
Newt Gingrich has also rented his donor list to third-party groups, but unlike Paul’s supporters, his contributors should have known he prefers open relationships.