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Donald Trump, The Billionaire Pocket Spammer

Trump Campaign Sued for Unsolicited Text Messages

 

By Sam Lozier

Shocker. Donald Trump is a Pocket Spammer.

At the end of April, the Trump campaign was sued for breaking federal law by sending thousands of unsolicited text messages to mobile users throughout the country. Though we don’t know how widespread the blast was, the idea of it is so wrong for unsuspecting mobile users and agencies who follow the proper mobile opt-in regulations.

The law is clear. Regulations require users to opt-in to receive messages because the cost of the messaging is charged to each cell phone. The Trump campaign broke these rules, costing end users money for those text messages that billionaire Trump was not paying for.

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Via USA TODAY: “The federal lawsuit filed Monday contains this image of the text message plaintiffs say was sent, unsolicited, by the Trump campaign. (Photo: Photo via federal court record)”

 

Luckily for users and agencies in the space, the Trump campaign is facing a lawsuit for the unsolicited blast. The campaign could be fined up to $1,500 per text message received by each customer.

It took Revolution Messaging nearly five years to get the FCC to stand up for mobile phone users and make these violations crystal clear under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). It all started in November of 2010 when, after an onslaught of illegal text message spam was used against Democrats, Revolution Messaging developed a calling tool for people to call their attorney general’s office to report misuse of political text messages.

In anticipation of continued misuse in the 2012 election, we ramped up the effort to fight text spam. We did our homework, set up hotlines to different states’ attorney general’s offices, and eventually filed a petition with the FCC asking that they clarify the TCPA to protect consumers from companies sending political spam text messages. Finally, after accepting comments and reviewing the cases of misuse, the FCC ruled in June of 2015 to protect consumers from unwanted political text message spam — exactly what Trump tried to do this cycle.

We are proud of the hard work that went into preserving the text message space and hope the Trump campaign’s misuse is a message to others who attempt to spam voters in the coming election.

You can read all about Revolution Messaging’s push to protect consumers and the mobile industry here.


Revolution Messaging helps bring justice to Flint with donations via text message

By Carla Aronsohn and Maeve Stier

While Hollywood was celebrating its breathtakingly terrible track record of inclusion and diversity during the 88th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, February 28, another star-studded event focused on bringing justice to to a community in crisis took place on the other side of the country in Flint, Michigan.

#JusticeForFlint - Text JUSTICE to 83224Blackout for Human Rights teamed up with Revolution Messaging, ActBlue Charities and The Tides Foundation to organize a concert fundraiser to benefit those affected by the water contamination crisis in Flint. The event was live streamed online via Revolt TV to thousands of viewers and included performances by Janelle Monae and Stevie Wonder.

Revolution Messaging was honored to provide our SMS broadcast technology to the cause. Our Revere Mobile platform empowered attendees and viewers to effortlessly donate to the #JusticeForFlint Fund. We also provided digital strategy to maximize visibility and boost fundraising, such as promoting the shortcode and keyword during the #JusticeForFlint event and on social media.

To donate, viewers simply texted JUSTICE to 83224 from their mobile phone and clicked on a link to donate.

In just one day, Blackout for Human Rights built a membership base of 10,000 new SMS subscribers and the #JusticeForFlint fund received 4,000 contributions totaling over $150,000. Forty percent of people who joined the SMS list also made a contribution – an exceptional action rate. The hashtag #JusticeForFlint was the second-highest organic trending hashtag on Twitter nationally, topped only by the Academy Awards Oscars hashtag.

Donations are still being accepted. To support communities in Flint affected by the water crisis, text JUSTICE to 83224, msg&data rates may apply.Screenshot of text message - Text JUSTICE to 83224


Revolution Messaging Launches New Mobile Technology For Bernie Sanders Campaign

Text GIVE to 82623 to Contribute $10 directly from your mobile phone bill

Washington, DC — Today, full service digital firm Revolution Messaging is pleased to announce the launch of another innovative text-to-donate technology for the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign… the ability to have activists quickly contribute to the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign by charging donations directly to their phone bill.

With an increasing number of small-dollar contributions being made via mobile devices, and a large list of mobile subscribers, this new technology is a perfect fit for the Bernie Sanders campaign.

This new advancement simplifies the mobile donation process and minimizes keystrokes for anyone with a mobile phone carrier. Now supporters can easily donate whenever and wherever they please … whether they are at a rally, watching a debate, or reading the news. Contributions can be given up to $50 per individual phone number per month to each political committee and up to $200 per individual per year (cumulative) per political committee. Revolution Messaging worked in 2012 to get the Federal Election Committee to approve this technology.

Already, Revolution Messaging and the Bernie Sanders campaign are deploying creative strategies to raise record grassroots donations without a traditional fundraising team. Just two weeks ago, Revolution Messaging launched another groundbreaking new technology for text donations in conjunction with ActBlue Express. Today’s launch is yet another way Sanders’ supporters can make quick, rapid response donations.

“With our newest form of text to donate, it is easier than ever for Sanders’ supporters to donate with a few simple keystrokes” said Revolution Messaging CEO Scott Goodstein. “By putting the power in the hands of the ordinary citizens that text in 10 bucks instead of billionaires wasting time and money at cocktail parties, we are changing the campaign finance playbook with Bernie Sanders and his supporters.”

In addition to running all of the online fundraising for the Bernie Sanders campaign, the firm also manages the campaign’s digital advertising, branding, video creation, website development, online store, and Artists for Sanders program.

Campaign contributions to Bernie 2016 are not tax deductible for federal income tax purposes. Text HELP to 82623 for technical help on Bernie 2016 text messages. Msg&Data rates may apply. Terms available at http://txthlp.com

 

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Revolution Messaging Contact: Moira Mack Muntz, 703-416-9188, moira.k.muntz@gmail.com


Revolution Messaging Launches First of Its Kind “Text-to-Donate” technology for Bernie Sanders’ Presidential Campaign

First Presidential Campaign to Integrate Text Messaging with ActBlue Express to Allow Quicker Rapid Response Donations

Washington, DC — Today, full service digital firm Revolution Messaging is pleased to announce the launch of an innovative text-to-donate technology for the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. Powered by Revolution’s Revere Mobile platform, this integration enables supporters with ActBlue Express accounts to quickly donate to the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign via text messaging. With an increasing number of small-dollar contributions being made via a mobile device, and a large list of mobile subscribers, the Sanders campaign is now in a better position than any other campaign to take advantage of high leverage moments for fundraising.

Revolution Messaging’s integration with ActBlue Express drastically simplifies the mobile donation process to a simple text message asking if you would like to donate via your Express Account. This integration ties the supporter’s cell phone with their Express Pay account. Prior to this integration, SMS contributions were prohibitively expensive for campaigns because of  exorbitant charges to the wireless bill. This technology cuts out extra steps, carriers costs, and pricey percentages not going to the campaign. Now, with just a few keystrokes, a donor can quickly contribute from their phone using their payment information already stored within ActBlue.

Already, Revolution Messaging and the Bernie Sanders campaign are deploying creative strategies to raise record contributions without a traditional fundraising team. This new technology will make it easier than ever for supporters to make quick, event-driven donations such as during debates or rallies. The campaign will now be able to quickly text supporters breaking news alerts and invite them to reply to donate.

“Our new ‘Text-to-donate’ technology will make it easier than ever for supporters to donate from their mobile phones,” said Revolution Messaging CEO Scott Goodstein. “We are proud to be changing the traditional political campaign playbook with the Bernie Sanders campaign — and we’re excited to add this first of its kind technology.”

The technology was launched last night with a text during the Republican debate.

Revolution Messaging has a long history in advancing progressive technology:

  • 2008: CEO Scott Goodstein made history by building the revolutionary text messaging and mobile communications program for President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.

  • 2012: Revolution Messaging submitted (and won) an advisory opinion request (AOR) to the FEC and had it approved in 2012 by the Federal Election Commission (FEC)  evolving the pathway to mobile contributions for political campaigns.

  • 2014: The firm worked with The FEC again in 2014 to get better guidance on mobile advertising and reduce the restrictions on the disclaimers for small-sized mobile ads for political campaigns. (the first 3-3 tie of the current FEC)

  • 2015: Revolution Messaging won their petition to the Federal Communications Commission to make political text messaging spam be declared illegal under the TCPA.

In addition to running all of the online fundraising for the Bernie Sanders campaign, the firm also manages the campaign’s digital advertising, branding, video creation, website development, online store, and Artists for Sanders program.

ActBlue is a non-profit, building fundraising technology for the left. In just 10 years, ActBlue helped raise over $900 million for Democrats and progressives. As of this writing, they boast nearly 2 million members with Express accounts.

The Bernie Sanders campaign continues to lead the digital space with more grassroots contributions than any presidential campaign in history through the end of 2015.

Sanders’ Digital Campaign By the Numbers:

  • More than 2.5 million contributions through the end of 2015 — more than any presidential campaign in history achieved by this point (including Obama in 2008 and 2012).

  • Over 1 million donors to the campaign.

  • Over 2.3 million highly engaged followers on Facebook.

  • Sanders has led Clinton in YouTube searches by almost a 2:1 margin. (Source: Forbes)

  • BernieSanders.com receives more traffic than any other candidate’s website. (http://www.similarweb.com/blog/us-elections-2016-report-bernie-sanders-getting-more-traffic-than-all-candidates-combined)

  • The Bernie Sanders campaign has changed the playbook by having no dedicated off-line fundraising team.

Text BERNIE to 82623 to join Bernie Mobile (msg&data rates may apply)


Revolution Messaging Declares Victory Against Text Spammers as FCC Finally Acts on Firm’s Petition

After Years of Urging, FCC Takes A Stand Against Political Text Message Spam

Washington, DC — Revolution Messaging, a full-service digital firm, declared victory today as the FCC adopted the interpretation of its autocall rules sought by Revolution Messaging in a  petition filed with the Commission  three years ago, strengthening protections for consumers against unwanted calls and texts.

In 2010, Revolution Messaging emerged as the political industry leader in calling for a crackdown on text messaging and mobile spammers after seeing abusive practices from right wing spammers. In 2012, the watchdog firm officially petitioned the FCC to clarify and strictly enforce anti-spam laws to protect American consumers from political text message spam once and for all. After years of urging, the FCC took action June 18th, announcing that “The Commission reaffirmed that consumers are entitled to the same consent-based protections for texts as they are for voice calls to wireless numbers.”  (see pocketspammers.com for full history of this battle)

“Today’s action by the FCC is a win for consumers and all political campaigns who want to use SMS to communicate with supporters respectfully and responsibly,” said Revolution Messaging founder Scott Goodstein, who led the groundbreaking text messaging and social media efforts for the Obama campaign in 2008. “For too long, right wing political spammers have been hitting consumers with unwanted text messages. Under the cover of anonymity, spammers spewed offensive messages, lies, and even tried to keep certain voters away from the polls by sending false information.”

“When not abused, text messaging is one of the best ways for people to stay in touch with the campaigns they support – from quick information surveys to sharing event details or breaking big news or announcements directly with supporters,” added Goodstein. “I applaud the FCC  for finally taking action and clarifying the TCPA rules on email-to-text messaging spamming… and we now urge them to strictly enforce these rules during the 2016 election cycle and prosecute anyone who sends illegal and unwanted text messages.”

Political text message spam is problematic for consumers who must pay their cell phone carriers for these unwanted messages. Worse yet, there is no way for consumers to opt-out or even see who is responsible for sending the offending messages.

Revolution Messaging has been leading the fight against political mobile phone spam since 2010 when an onslaught of illegal text message spam was used against Democratic candidates. The organization documented the practice and developed a calling tool for Americans to call their attorney general’s office to report messages. On January 19th, 2012, Revolution Messaging filed a petition with the FCC.

Revolution Messaging is a leader in cutting-edge progressive strategies for a mobile world, offering fundraising, creative, video, mobile, advertising and technology services. Led by former staff and campaign advisors to President Obama, Revolution Messaging provides clients with the kind of technology, creativity and analytics that helped make his campaigns a success. Follow us @revmsg.


Revere Mobile Rapid(er) Response

Our team is always looking for ways to make your rapid response campaigns easier and more effective.

We are excited to announce a new, streamlined mobile broadcast process, putting the most important functions front and center. The functionality you love is still there, just out of the way when you’re rushing to get the word out the door. Now sending text messages is as easy as creating a Tweet or Facebook post:

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But, as simple as that is, you still have access to the full feature set:

Filter based on metadata:
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Send interactive mobile flows:
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Schedule messages for the future:
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Personalize messages with Dynamic Insertion:
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And segment messages for full A/B functionality:
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If you already have a Revere Mobile account, you’ll be seeing the new broadcaster soon. If you don’t, call 866.858.8226 to schedule a demo.


Voters Beware – This Halloween Scare is Real!

 

Right Wing Text Spammer is Back with New Super PAC

WASHINGTON,DC — A right wing telemarketer with a history of scaring voters with misleading spam text messages in the 11th hour is back. A new report from the Center for Public Integrity warns that Gabriel Joseph, the man behind the controversial ccAdvertising, has formed a new super PAC known as The Survey Group PAC. This may mean a new round of illegal and anonymous political spam text messages will be coming to a state near you.

Known for spreading false and often outrageous messages through anonymous text messages, conservative text spammers have been hitting voters with uninvited SMS messages the last few Election cycles. In addition to spreading lies about candidates, the spammers have also spread misinformation about where and when to vote in egregious acts of voter suppression. Innocent cell phone users often end up footing the bill for these uninvited spam messages — and have no way to opt out or identify the sender. Revolution Messaging has been documenting and fighting these campaign tactics since 2010 and encourages the pubic to visit pocketspammers.com to learn more.

“Voters beware: the right wing text spammers are back in business. Consider this your warning,” said Revolution Messaging CEO Scott Goodstein. “When not misused, text messaging is one of the best ways for people to stay in touch with the campaigns they support – from giving donations and sharing event details to sharing big news or announcements. However,  those who abuse the technology keep exposing its dark underbelly.”

Goodstein was proud to make history through the use of text messaging as a political campaign tactic in Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. As in that campaign, text messaging is being used by campaigns and organizations across the country to keep interested members of the community up to date and engaged. Texting is one of the most effective methods of organizing available to campaigns. Texts are much more likely to be read and to spur the reader to take action than emails.

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Background on Political Text Spam

Revolution Messaging has been leading the fight against political mobile phone spam since 2010 when an onslaught of illegal text message spam was used against Democratic candidates. The organization documented the practice and developed a calling tool for Americans to call their attorney general’s office to report messages.

In 2010, text messages were sent from Joseph’s Americans in Contact PAC (AICPAC) in a dozen states with negative and misleading information about Democratic Candidates as well as containing the phone number of the Democratic campaign office in an effort to jam up their phone lines.

In 2011, Joseph’s company is believed to have sent text messages in the same anonymous way during the Virginia off-year elections where his employee was running for state delegate. Revolution Messaging helped the Virginia Democratic Party’s efforts to stop unwanted text message spam which was being used as a new type of voter suppression tactic in Virginia State Senate races.

In 2012, ccAdvertising was at it again and found their sites suspended by Go Daddy for spam and abuse. FCC complaints were filed against ccAdvertising, Gabriel S. Joseph III, and Americans in Contact Political Action Committee (AICPAC) regarding unsolicited, anonymous text messages sent at the end of October 2012 by both Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington & the Human Rights Campaign Fund.

While Revolution Messaging has a petition before the FCC urging them to take a stand against these practices by clarifying the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, Americans should be on the look out for false, misleading and unsolicited text messages.  These illegal texts cost our citizens money and erode our democracy.


Texting for Justice in Ferguson

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In early September, we were asked to help the St. Louis metro area movement for justice for Mike Brown and other victims of police brutality, profiling and murder. The movement was organizing quickly and needed to communicate with a large number of activists quickly and reliably; in short, this is exactly the kind of movement that needed SMS messaging – texting.

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An hour later, the mobile program was up and running, with subscribers opting in via web form, face-to-face canvassing and by texting the keyword HANDSUP to 90975. A few weeks later, this small program grew to a list of thousands of activists in the Saint Louis area as well as distribution of press releases to a specialized segment of reporters.

The movement’s weekend of resistance began October 10th: marches, acts of civil disobedience and protest occurred all over the metro area. The SMS list directed activists to key locations, bringing the message to political fundraising events, well-trafficked commercial areas, and to Rams fans gathered for Monday Night Football.

The justice movement continues, and we are dedicated to continuing the momentum onward.
For more info on how you can get involved visit: http://fergusonoctober.com/


Summer’s Barbeque and Political Season Is Here: Time to Hold the Spam

By Scott Goodstein, Huffington Post
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/scott-goodstein/summers-barbeque-political-spam_b_5417672.html

As you got out the charcoal for the barbecue last weekend while gathering with friends and family, you may have felt your phone buzzing in your pocket. Maybe it was a pal looking for last minute directions — or maybe it was an anonymous text warning you that Candidate X “supports homosexuality and its radical social agenda” or “denies protection to babies who survive abortions.” Serious buzzkill delivered to you in the form of unwanted, anonymous and misleading junk messages in the middle of your picnic. But you’ll feel even worse when you realize there is no way to unsubscribe from these misleading political texts and you are slapped with the bill for the messages as well. It happened to untold numbers of Americans during the 2012 election cycle and it could happen to you this summer.

It used to be said that Labor Day marked the unofficial start of campaign season, but over the years it has inched up and up, and now you can expect to see the ad wars all summer long. Unsolicited political text messages are illegal. But that hasn’t stopped right wing spammers from unleashing hateful homophobic, racist and other uninvited messages on voters across the country the last few election cycles. It happened in 2012 and it happened in 2010 when families from Colorado to Virginia and North Carolina to Minnesota all were hit with political text spam. Unless the FCC takes a stand, political text spammers will torment even more Americans as the 2014 elections heat up.

This crime hits consumers in their wallets, leaving them on the hook for any text charges with their cell phone carriers. Worse yet, there is no way for consumers to opt-out or even see who is responsible for sending the offending messages. And in some of the most egregious cases, the texts are actually used to confuse voters by telling them to show up to the polls on the wrong day.

The advent of text messaging has brought many benefits. It helps connect us with those we care about near and far — and has played a critical organizing role for citizens around the world working to spread freedom and democracy. Many political campaigns and social justice advocates are using texting for good: inviting interested members of the community to sign up and enjoy updates and opportunities to take action.

In fact, text messaging is one of the most effective campaign tools that exists — with text recipients 75 times more likely to read a message and take action compared to email recipients. However along with advances in technology come abuses. There is a reason email action rates have become so dismal – our inboxes are cluttered with too many messages. Imagine the same fate happening to your cell phone. Not a pretty picture.

In January 2012, my organization, Revolution Messaging, filed a petition with the FCC to urge them to put an end to political text spam once and for all. For nearly two years, former FCC Chair Julius Genachowski failed to stand up for consumers and rule on the petition to stop this spam. But there is a new chairman in place now and we are urging Chairman Tom Wheeler to take action before the 2014 election cycle gears up.

Under Chairman Wheeler, the FCC just announced they are slapping a conservative group with a $2.9 million fine for placing illegal robocalls (automated recorded calls) to Americans’ cell phones. Hitting these spammers with a multi-million dollar fine is an important first step to defending consumers, but the FCC must do more. Not a single political text message spammer has been fined by the FCC to date.

Political text message spam is only going to grow unless the FCC takes a hard line against spammers — punishing them to the full extent of the law. We can stop the bad guys from turning our cell phones into another spam vehicle. We urge Americans to join us in this fight by visiting pocketspammers.com to learn more and to submit comments to the FCC. Please join us in telling the FCC to stand up for consumers and stop the spammers now before another costly election season gets underway.


Revolution Messaging Applauds FCC for First Step Cracking Down on Cell Phone Spammers

Revolution Messaging Applauds FCC for First Step Cracking Down on Cell Phone Spammers

Firm Calls on New FCC Chairman to Put an End to Political Text Message Spam

Washington, DC — Revolution Messaging, the political industry leader in calling for a crackdown on text and mobile spammers, applauded the FCC for hitting GOP spammers with a $2.9 million fine this week. The watchdog firm called on the new FCC chairman to clarify and strictly enforce anti-spam laws to protect American consumers from political text message spam once and for all.

“Slapping these bad actors with a multi-million dollar fine is an important first step, but we are calling on the new leadership at the FCC to do more,” said Scott Goodstein, founder of Revolution Messaging, a full service digital firm. “Political text message spam is only going to grow unless the FCC takes a hard line against spammers – punishing them to the full extent of the law.”

“We are calling on Chairman Tom Wheeler to swiftly rule on our petition to stop spammers before American consumers are forced to pay the price of costly text message spam in another election season this fall.”

For nearly two years former FCC Chair Julius Genachowski failed to stand up for consumers and rule on the petition to stop political text message spam. Chairman Wheeler has the opportunity to finally take action before the 2014 election cycle gears up.

Political text message spam is problematic for consumers who must pay their cell phone carriers for these unwanted messages. Worse yet, there is no way for consumers to opt-out or even see who is responsible for sending the offending messages.

Members of the public are encouraged to visit pocketspammers.com to learn more and to submit comments to the FCC calling on Chairman Wheeler to take action before another election season gets underway.

Background

Revolution Messaging has been leading the fight against political mobile phone spam since November 2010 when an onslaught of illegal text message spam was used against Democratic candidates. The organization documented the practice and developed a calling tool for Americans to call their attorney general’s office to report messages.

The illegal practice resurfaced in October 2011 when Revolution Messaging helped the Virginia Democratic Party in working to stop unwanted text message spam used as a new type of voter suppression tactic in Virginia State Senate races.

This led Revolution Messaging to file a petition with the FCC on January 19th, 2012. Over two years later, the FCC has failed to rule, leaving consumers vulnerable to this continued abuse.

Revolution Messaging predicts a costly 2014 election for voters if the FCC doesn’t stand up now and put an end to these unsolicited messages.

Revolution Messaging is a leader in cutting-edge progressive strategies for a mobile world, offering fundraising, creative, video, mobile, advertising and technology services. Led by former staff and campaign advisors to President Obama, Revolution Messaging provides clients with the kind of technology, creativity and analytics that helped make his campaigns a success.

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