Over the last few days, I've received several emails from readers (and one member of PubliCola's staff) complaining that mayoral candidate Joe Mallahan has been bombarding them with unsolicited emails. Here's a representative one I got this morning:
The email in question is clearly aimed at Mallahan supporters; subject-lined "Thank you, Seattle voters and supporters!", it begins, "Dear friend," thanks the reader "for your support," and concludes with a request for donations.
Mallahan campaign spokeswoman Charla Neuman acknowledges that the campaign puts people on its email list without their knowledge, but was unclear about exactly where the campaign's email list comes from. At first, she said the list comes from "a variety of sources, different people who sugegst folks being on there; then she said it came from "a compilation of different Democratic supporters." Finally, she suggested that some people might have ended up on the list because of the campaign's email list software, which "we are not the author of."