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Many of the 'money-requesters' in these pages mailed (and continue to mail) money-requests to 'Individual One' and 'Individual Two' almost every month.

There is a strong possibility that the 'frequent-mailers' of money-requests (often amounting to money-demands, see story below) are hoping that the recipient is old and feeble-minded (for example, has Alzheimer's).

It is quite likely that these 'harassers' are hoping that the 'old' recipients will send money as frequently as they receive requests/demands for money.

In fact, 'Individual One' and 'Individual Two' of these web pages were/are over 70 years old. It is quite likely that the 'frequent-mailers' are aware of their age and hence are bombarding them with quarterly or monthly (or more frequent) mailings.

After starting these web pages in 2017, I ran across the following 10-year-old letter to the 'AARP Bulletin', a letter published in January 2007. It was titled 'Aggressive Charities'. The text follows.

    It's no wonder your statistics show one in 10 over-65 adults giving $5,000 or more annually to charity [Bulletin Board, "With Age Comes Generosity"].

    Several years ago, as my mother was starting to be unable to keep up with her bills, I saw that she was writing about $450 per month to various charities. My mom, who needed me to supplement her account quarterly, was sending checks in the $10 to $15 range, sometimes to the same charity every two weeks.

    When I asked her about this, she said she was "paying bills" that the charities had sent her. Indeed, when I started collecting her mail, I understood her comment better. The charities --- in 25 to 30 letters a week --- were not asking for money, they were demanding it.

    It borders on illegal to take advantage of older people --- as lonely as some are --- through such mailings.

    Jackie Ipp
    Lake Worth, Florida

Here are 'Individual One' and 'Individual Two' --- ten years later --- going through the same 'barrage' of money-'demands'.

It is WAY past time that the federal Congress should step into this mail-crossing-state-lines (and harassment of citizens, in-state as well as out-of-state) situation and

  1. lay down the law on the frequency of money-request/demand snail-mailings (and other appeals, like email) to any individual from any organization (no more than two requests per year, say) --- and

  2. provide penalties for violations (examples: suspension of bulk mail privileges, IRS investigations of the organization and its leaders, even jail time for those leaders) --- and

  3. require an opt-out-of-future-mailings checkbox with every money-request --- and

  4. require a metered return-envelope with every snail-mail money-request, so that recipients (victims) do not have to pay for mailing a request to stop being barraged with (unsolicited and unwanted) money requests.

But I will not hold my breath.

    One more item for Congress:

    Congress seems to want the U.S. Postal Service to become self-sufficient (not a money loser).

    One way they can help with that is to raise the postal rates of these (supposedly) 'non-profit' organizations.

    They pay about 20% (or less) of the rate 'ordinary' citizens pay --- about 9 cents per letter versus 48 cents (in 2018).

    Congress should make the 'non-profit org' rate about 50% of the 'ordinary' rate. It would certainly make the 'harassers' think twice about sending money-requests every month.

As is mentioned in the page links above, there are powerful mass-mailing lobbyists patrolling the halls of Congress.

That rather small minority has managed to get Congress to protect their wicked ways --- and ignore the welfare of the vast majority of citizens of the United States.

    (There are absolutely horrible, unethical, sleeze-ball people in Congress.)

Some of the worst offenders --- who send too many closely-spaced money requests --- are listed in the 'Individual One' and 'Individual Two' page links above.

The IRS and the FBI should be investigating many of these organizations --- and their CEO's.

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Page history

Page was created 2017 Jun 07.

Page was changed 2017 Jun 23.
(Added link for 'Individual Two' mail.)

Page was changed 2018 May 24.
(Added the 'Frequent Money Requesters' section.)

Page was changed 2018 Oct 20.
(Added css and javascript to try to handle text-size for smartphones, esp. in portrait orientation.)