Blogging Bayport Alameda

October 31, 2018


Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:01 am

Happy Halloween folks, please be careful out there tonight.  There will be lots of kiddo wandering around requesting sweets, so maybe sub 25 mph should be the norm for tonight.

But speaking of scary treats and by “treats” I mean totally unwelcome and unsolicited.  Yesterday A Better Alameda/Alameda Citizen Taskforce PAC (ABA/ACT PAC) decided that they needed to triple down on their Alameda Sun ad from the other week.  Just so we’re up to speed, Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft sent an email out to her supporters (or anyone who had signed up for her mailing list) to let them know about the lies in the ABA ad.

So ABA/ACT PAC felt as though they needed to respond in kind, because it wasn’t enough that they stand behind their lies they won’t defend it with any actual real proof, they just want to broadcast it just a little more widely.

Here’s the problem.  A lot of people who received the email did not sign up for ABA/ACT PAC’s mailing list.

I have a few off public Twitter reports as well that I won’t post here, suffice it to say, there’s something funky going on and it seems like ABA/ACT PAC’s mailing wasn’t on the up and up.

So, if you received the email unsolicited and you’re annoyed by how the hell you ended up on ABA/ACT PAC’s mailing list, don’t delete it!  Not yet.  Here are three easy steps you can take to make sure it doesn’t happen again:

      1. Report it to the FTC, specifically:

        Forward unwanted or deceptive messages to:

        • the Federal Trade Commission at Be sure to include the complete spam email.
        • your email provider. At the top of the message, state that you’re complaining about being spammed. Some email services have buttons that allow you to mark messages as junk mail or report them spam.
        • the sender’s email provider, if you can tell who it is. Most web mail providers and ISPs want to cut off spammers who abuse their system. Again, make sure to include the entire spam email and say that you’re complaining about spam.

        If you try to unsubscribe from an email list and your request is not honored, file a complaint with the FTC.

        If ABA/ACT PAC says they’re too busy to remove your email from the list (which is allegedly happening), file a complaint with the FTC

      2. Press the “report spam” button in your email client.  If you’re on a web based gmail or yahoo it should be pretty easy to do so.
      3. Forward the email to Mailchimp — that’s the service that ABA/ACT PAC used to spam you — they’ll look into this.

After those steps then you can delete the email and or leave it in your spam box with your Pottery Barn and Home Depot advertisements.


  1. Is this any different than the metric shitload of political mailers I receive that I never requested, do not read, and have to go the trouble of recycling, which is more work than just deleting or flagging the email as junk?

    Or what about a robocall from The Ever Popular Mike Henneberry that I’m pretty sure nobody requested in advance?

    Constant sales pitches, most of them BS, are just part of life in America. Just roll with it, that’s easier than selective outrage.

    PS We always have a carton of full size candy bars we give as prizes for particularly creative home made costumes. It’s fun to reward the makers.

    Comment by dave — October 31, 2018 @ 7:49 am

    • Mailchimp specifically asks, when you add anyone to a Mailchimp mailing list, that you confirm that person requested to be subscribed. Therefore, yes, it is different than the US mail.

      Comment by Kevis Brownson — October 31, 2018 @ 8:07 am

    • Dave, what’s your address? I wanna come by tonight for some of those full size candy bars, and to add your address to my mailing list.

      Comment by Not. A. Alamedan — October 31, 2018 @ 8:10 am

      • 1555 Oak

        Comment by dave — October 31, 2018 @ 8:38 am

    • I think that, because of the ease of sending out emails, it’s more highly regulated. See CAN SPAM act:

      Providers like MailChimp don’t want to run afoul of the laws either because it would jeopardize the core of their business: mass emailing.

      Comment by Lauren Do — October 31, 2018 @ 8:10 am

    • It is just as annoying.

      Comment by Phillip Redd — November 2, 2018 @ 10:42 pm

  2. Oh, I forgot to add that this is the disclaimer at the bottom of that email which claims that:

    which a few people have pointed out that they never signed up at the ABA/ACT PAC website.

    Comment by Lauren Do — October 31, 2018 @ 8:18 am

  3. So you have this PAC sending unsolicited emails and running bald faced lies in ads and someone in City Hall leaking emails to Steven Tavares. Seems the only one standing above the fray is Frank.

    Comment by Eyeroll — October 31, 2018 @ 9:10 am

  4. Even spookier: I AM on the ABA and ACT emailing lists, and I DID NOT get this email. Looked in all my spam folders, too. It’s not there. Boy, do I feel left out!

    Comment by vigi — October 31, 2018 @ 9:14 am

    • Seems like ABA and ACT has two different mailing lists….

      Comment by Angela — October 31, 2018 @ 9:24 am

  5. Does CAN-SPAM apply to non-commercial/political email blasts?

    If not, maybe the Attorney General, District Attorney or the FTC will take up enforcement of MailChimp’s private terms and conditions, if that is the question here.

    I’ve gotten some unsolicited emails during this campaign too. Rather than wait for the slow wheels of justice to turn at the District Attorney’s office (which has already had to spend way too much time on City of Alameda matters recently), I opted for the instant justice of the delete button.

    Comment by MP — October 31, 2018 @ 9:26 am

  6. Has anyone reported them for outright lies? I’m assuming they are taking their cue from Trump that lying has no repercussions. But there should be consequences for the group and its members.

    They appear to be a bunch of clueless amateurs: how they present their arguments; their ineptitude with technology; that email…did they get anyone to edit it, or did someone type it in and send their first draft? And at the last election, their photo to help Roloff…

    Comment by BC — October 31, 2018 @ 9:51 am

  7. Somehow my name ended up on a Republican mailing list. And surprise of surprises, there was John Knox-White asking for support from GOP voters. I called the mail company and asked if JKW was claiming to be a Republican now. They told me they not only don’t know,they don’t care. If a candidate wants his/her name on a mailer all they have to is send a check and specify which mailer they want their name added to. So, if John Knox-Weazel wants guilible Republicans to vote for him, all he has to do is send in a check and ask to have his name added to the Republican mailer. It’s called politics.

    Comment by Terry — October 31, 2018 @ 11:51 pm

  8. This Republican is delighted to get mail from all sides that is about people’s agendas or government positions to be decided. I am not at all interested in personal attacks. Sorry to see how many party members {whether Rep (Weazel) or any other} are sinking lower in the muck. Michelle Obama said don’t go down with the unwashed, let ‘um wallow and “take the high road.” At the time, she was First Lady and therefore representing all of us, but even if she were speaking as a Democrat, she was speaking truth most sides agree with. All of the people who are running for office, are our neighbors, people we’d trust to hold our car keys for a bit. If you don’t like what one or another proposes to do, don’t vote for h/her, if you think one has lied, don’t vote for h/him. Voting is the adult, responsible way communities make decisions. Name-calling to solve your woes is preschool, when children haven’t learned to speak well yet. I didn’t get any crossover mailers, but I think it’s great that a candidate thought I might be interested in his ideas. I want to hear all the ideas, then vote. After all this isn’t really about Red or Blue, Elephants or Donkeys, it’s about what’s the best we can do for all of us.

    Comment by Li_ — November 1, 2018 @ 11:26 am

  9. Yep, I got that email without signing up, I unsubscribed but will also report to the FTC mainly because they are a pack of liars. Do they have some sort of cookies on their website or something? Or maybe they paid facebook? I didn’t think they had the sort of money to do that.

    Comment by michonnekatana — November 2, 2018 @ 12:30 am

  10. Marylin Ashcraft lies too. And her hate filled mailers are just as annoying.

    Comment by Phillip Redd — November 2, 2018 @ 10:41 pm

    • Nothing in Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft’s mailers were untrue. Just because you don’t like the reality of Trish Spencer’s votes does not mean that they are lies. All bullet points are sourced and can be verified if you look into the public record.

      Comment by Lauren Do — November 3, 2018 @ 10:39 am

      • “nothing in MEA’s mailers were untrue”…Only if you do not know how to use English properly. MEA interprets AUSD employees = AUSD teachers, and pronounces Spencer against “teachers” housing. Since not all AUSD employees are teachers, this would be an example of an untrue statement by Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft.

        BTW…Nothing were untrue?

        Comment by vigi — November 5, 2018 @ 2:31 pm

  11. sadly enough Alameda has descended into the national political game.

    Comment by JohnP.TrumpisnotmyPresident. — November 4, 2018 @ 9:02 am

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