Recently I was bombarded by emails from a PAC called Stop Republicans. They used incredibly aggressive email tactics, such as:
- Changing the From: name on every message
- Customizing the Subject: field with my name and zip code
- Using lots of personalization throughout the email
- Sending an average of four emails per day
So I began to wonder: Is the Stop Republicans PAC a scam?
This post will share some of their email copy, what I know about the organization, and hopefully answer that question.
History of Stop Republicans
Harry Pascal is the Founder of Progressive Turnout Project and of Stop Republicans. The organization is based in Chicago, Illinois and lists their FEC Committee ID as C00633404.
Based on data from OpenSecrets.org, the Stop Republicans PAC has received almost $12 million for the 2020 election cycle. I expected their donor list to include a large number of expensive deposits. But their 2020 Contributors list shows the largest amounts at $5,000 from several individuals.
Most of their funding is being spent on Facebook digital advertising. As of February 2020, they reported that they had spent $6.5 million on digital ads.
I think this is where Stop Republicans really shines.
Look at some of these to get an idea for their design style. They also use a lot of surveys:
I’ve got a TON more great examples as they just keep sending and sending these messages.
Different From: Names, Same Sender
These are a few of the emails I’ve received from Stop Republicans account [email protected]:
Please email me if you’d like me to post more. I could even try to make a table which lists them out by Subject, From: name, and message body.
I don’t think that they are a scam, but I’m still researching this article and this organization.
If you have any information to contribute, please email me and I will update this page.
Bonus: Mayor Pete Ad
Here’s a Facebook or Instagram advertisement that Stop Republicans were running for Mayor Pete:
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