A quick response to Jim on BirthdayCardGate: Whether we should be disturbed by a mass e-mail sent by the Obama campaign has no relationship I can identify to the particular means by which Jim’s voluntary contact with the Obama campaign led to his name being added to the campaign e-mail list. As a result, my reaction to the e-mail remains the same.
In addition, I note that the campaign website has an information page with the following entry:
Opting out and modifying information:
Subscribers to our e-mail list may terminate their subscriptions via a link at the bottom of each email sent from BarackObama.com.
Jim initially claimed that the e-mail he received was from Michelle Obama, not (as he now acknowledges) from the Obama campaign. But assuming the e-mail was actually from the campaign, and therefore has the link at the bottom allowing him to unsubscribe, I recommend to Jim that he click on the link.
UPDATE: A reader who received the same e-mail confirms that it was sent from the address “firstname.lastname@example.org,” and that the bottom of the e-mail contains the following message:
Paid for by Organizing for America, a project of the Democratic National Committee — 430 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, D.C. 20003. This communication is not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.
This email was sent to: [address]
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