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Monday, February 7, 2011
WND's New Letter Scam (And Profit Center)
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily continues its tradition of fleecing its readers to spam members of Congress on their behalf with its latest scam -- er, letter, an attempt to harrass Republican members of Congress into not voting to increase the debt limit:

"Few are recognizing what an opportunity the House Republicans have to force Washington to downsize," says Joseph Farah, editor and chief executive officer of WND and the author of the petition and organizer of the "No More Red Ink" campaign. "If Republicans in the House unite around this idea, there is nothing the White House or the Senate can do to exceed the debt limit. This is a golden opportunity for real change in policy that must not be frittered away in favor of deals with the Democrats."

The second phase of the "No More Red Ink" campaign allows Americans to send a "red ink" letter to every member of the House majority urging them to vote "no" on raising the debt limit. The letters are individually addressed to each member, with guaranteed delivery by Fed Ex for a cost of just $29.99. It would cost an individual more than $100 in postage alone to send the 242 letters with no guaranty of delivery and certainly nowhere near the impact.

And nowhere near the profit for WND. It charged $29.95 to send out factually inaccurate "pink slips" to all members of Congress; now, it's sending half as many "red ink" letters for the same price. More money for WND!

UPDATE: A Feb. 6 WND article states that it has "shipped the first 125,000 'red ink' letters to House Republicans." As with the "pink slip" campaign, counting by numbers of letters sent sound much more impressive than it actually is. Divide 125,000 by 242, and you get a mere 516 people who paid WND their hard-earned $29.95. Multiply those numbers, though, and WND has already grossed more than $15,000 on this venture -- and you know it didn't cost WND nearly that much to print and ship those letters.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:08 AM EST
Updated: Monday, February 7, 2011 1:35 AM EST

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