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An Open Letter To Political Fundraisers

Fundraisers, I’ve had it with your manipulation. Because I have occasionally given money to causes you also raise money for, you stuff my mailbox each day with paper, sometimes in duplicate or triplicate mailings. You don’t put your return address on it because you know if you do I won’t even open it. You put your appeals in huge envelopes that don’t fit nicely into my in box. So I now just put them in the circular file.

I am on to your tactics. You try to appeal to my emotions. You imply that if I don’t sign your petition (and send money with it) the country will totally fall apart. I don’t believe you. I really doubt that the $5 I can barely afford to part with is going to save the country.

Yes. I know I have given contributions to the candidates I believe in and want to win. They must have sold you my name for your mailing lists. That doesn’t mean I’m going to give my money to you. I investigate PACs and other political groups carefully before I give away my hard-earned cash. I’ve done enough research to know who will use my money well.

I’m a skeptic. I know you know the causes I believe in and you want me to think you are really concerned about them, too. But I think you are really more interested in raising funds to line the pockets of those you raise money for – not helping my causes. I’m guessing that with all those mailing you send out, you’ve got more money than I have.

So, please. Stop stuffing my mailbox with junk mail if you’re so concerned about having money. Stop sending stamps and dollar bills to get my attention and make me feel obligated. You’re wasting what you do have. I don’t need your mailing to know how to contribute, since you also send me the same email three times each day under the auspices of different organizations. If I want to give you money, I’ll know where to find you. So just stop bothering me or you will never see another dime from me. I mean it.

B. Radisavljevic, ©2013 All Rights Reserved

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FourWalls wrote on February 20, 2015, 6:24 PM

I so totally agree. I used to work for the post office, and these things came in by the HUNDREDS of thousands weekly. If they'd just NOT mail things out they wouldn't have to raise any money because they'd save enough to fund whatever they're supposedly raising money for.

wolfgirl569 wrote on February 20, 2015, 8:14 PM

I dont donate to anything that sends out mail or advertises on t.v. and radio. If they just used the money that that cost them they would not need my money so badly.

maxeen wrote on February 20, 2015, 9:01 PM

Charities of all kinds are just robbing everyone to keep the charities alive to pay absolute thousands to the chairman and co..

BarbRad wrote on February 21, 2015, 2:41 AM

To top it off, they often send stamps on the envelopes for us to mail the checks back to them instead of postage paid envelopes.

BarbRad wrote on February 21, 2015, 2:42 AM

i think they all advertise on radio and TV because that's what often decides elections. If one side is attacking, the other side isn't going to stay silent.

BarbRad wrote on February 21, 2015, 2:44 AM

Not all of them. You can find out which ones use their money for their causes instead of large salaries and administration costs online.

maxeen wrote on February 21, 2015, 7:50 AM

I would change my opinion if I was aware of those who used the money for the causes and not pay the committee members and gang-I am omitting the ,obviously, very poor and hardworking animal charities who struggle daily to survive.

JohnRoberts wrote on February 21, 2015, 11:17 AM

What I like are the groups who are liberal thus pro save the environment stuffing the mail box with paper. How about strictly Go Green solicitation.

FourWalls wrote on February 21, 2015, 1:24 PM

Believe it or not, sending a stamp is actually cheaper. The post office charges companies an additional rate for processing postage paid envelopes. When I worked there the postage was 29c, but the post office charged 35c per envelope for processing fees for the "postage paid" envelope. Today a "postage paid" envelope costs the company at least 55c, and probably more (I can't believe that the post office has raised the price of stamps but left that fee flat over the last 20 years!).

DarkSinistar wrote on February 22, 2015, 1:16 AM

I feel the same as you. If there is a candidate or a cause I wt to support financially, I am perfectly capable of figuring out how to contribute to them without all the mail.

GemOfAGirl wrote on February 28, 2015, 2:47 PM

Bravo! Even though I've moved about four or five times since then, I'm still receiving solicitations in the mail for causes that I haven't given anything to since the 1980's. They've spent far more trying to more out of me than I ever gave them in the first place.