12/23/2005

Fla. attorney general says his e-mails aren’t spam

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 12:23 pm

Florida’s attorney general has spearheaded an aggressive campaign against unsolicited e-mails, or spam. But as a candidate for governor, he appears to be generating some unwanted Internet clutter himself.

Charlie Crist was a staunch defender of a tough anti-spam law passed by the state legislature last year, under which violators can be fined up to $500 for every e-mail they send.

But a report in Thursday’s St. Petersburg Times said Crist, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, had annoyed some residents of the state by sending them unwanted e-mails promoting his candidacy and soliciting campaign donations.

Joe Spooner, a 41-year-old investment adviser, told the newspaper he had no idea how the Crist campaign got his e-mail address but repeatedly tried to unsubscribe.

After his fifth request to be removed, Spooner sent the Crist campaign an e-mail of his own. He accused Crist of hypocrisy because of the way he seemed to have forgotten all about his vocal crackdown on spammers.

‘Do I need to file a complaint with the attorney general’s office?” Spooner wrote.

“This is not spam. This is truthful, it’s straight forward. We’re honest. To be spam it has to be, under Florida law, defined as being deceptive,” said Vivian Myrtetus, a spokeswoman for his gubernatorial campaign.

“The attorney general does not consider this spam and is, as you know, at the forefront of protecting citizens against that.”

Source: Reuters

 

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