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Cross-Post: NumbersUSA Email Ad Causes Outrage

Imagine 2050 Staff • Jun 20, 2010
Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA

Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA

Anti-immigrant group NumbersUSA caused a bit of trouble for the Daily Progress last week when it sent out an email ad to subscribers asking them to support Arizona’s racist Senate Bill 1070. The Hook has the story:

The marketing email is nothing new, and if you’ve ever purchased anything online, you’ve probably gotten ‘em, probably deleted ‘em.

That’s what Zach Carter usually does, until one from the Daily Progress caught his attention June 16 with this subject line: “Tell President Obama YOU Support Arizona’s Enforcement Law! –Paid Advertisement by NumbersUSA.”

Carter calls the subject line “obnoxious” and describes the ad’s content as “raging right-wing propaganda.”

The email that went out to subscribers of the DailyProgress.com is an ad for NumbersUSA, an organization with the logo, “for lower immigration levels,” and it asks recipients to click a button to send a fax to President Obama supporting Arizona’s controversial new anti-illegal immigration laws.

“I don’t like to be asked to support this from a news organization,” says Carter, a journalist who is economics editor for Alternet. “It’s not like they wrote a story about this and I disagreed.”

In an email he fired off to the Progress, he asks, “Why are you sending me this ad asking me to endorse racism in Arizona?”

Continue reading at http://www.readthehook.com/blog/index.php/2010/06/18/immigration-consternation-progress-email-ad-outrages/

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