Are Campaign Emails Spam?

from the it-depends dept

Apparently, there was a panel discussion recently about whether or not political emails were the equivalent of spam. This seems like something of a waste of time to debate. The answers aren’t going to be found in what the so-called “experts” have to say, but in how the message is received by those who get it. If they consider it spam, then it is spam. So, if you’re going to randomly buy email lists, and send out messages with misleading headers, routed through an elementary school server in Korea (as one California gubernatorial candidate did), it’s going to be seen as spam. However, if you just send emails to people who have clearly requested them, then you’re fine. Seems pretty straightforward.

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