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December 24, 2005

Charlie Crist's lax email etiquette

crist.jpgI've talked about the anti-spam work of Florida attorney general Charlie Crist a couple times in recent weeks. (Here and here.)

But now it seems that Crist, who's running for governor of Florida, is accused of spamming voters.

Crist's unwelcome campaign emails may not violate the CAN-SPAM law, but his campaign web site certainly does a shoddy job of email etiquette.

Subscriptions for Crist's email updates are not confirmed. In other words, it's possible to add a third party to Crist's distribution list without authorization or verification.

The Tell a Friend option at the site is also broken. Individuals are able to add the email addresses of "friends" to Crist's distribution list. But if recipients of the email click the unsubscribe link in the message, they're taken to an error message page at the Crist site that says "Input string was not in a correct format."

Even worse, the site's privacy policy says users can opt-out from campaign communications by emailing info@charliecrist.com. But when I tried to unsubscribe from the list using that method, my email bounced back with the message:

Permanent Failure: 550 info@charliecrist.com is_invalid.

Crist's site says he is "the best person to uphold Jeb Bush's legacy." Did Crist mean Jeb's questionable email tactics too?

Posted by brian at December 24, 2005 2:22 PM


TALLAHASSEE, FLA---Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist was elected Florida's first Republican Attorney General in 2002 and is currently a gubernatorial candidate for 2006. Crist has been asked for his views on what appears to be his office's selective enforcement of Florida's Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act where politically well-connected law firms are concerned.

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Posted by: Jeff Hill at February 1, 2006 5:48 PM


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