The Crapper has been contacted thus far by three individuals who were signed up for John Liu's Google Group by the moderator with neither their knowledge nor consent.
The welcome e-mail reads:
LiuNewYork@gmail.com has added you to the JohnLiuNYCCouncil group with this message:
Welcome to the Office of Council Member John C. Liu. Thank you for contacting us and joining our network of friends and citizen activists. This email list is designed to help you stay updated on the latest news and activities at City Hall. Together we can create a better New York!
Here is the group's description:
* * * JOHN LIU, NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL 2007 * * *
JohnLiuNYCCouncil@googlegroups.com provides you with news and updates from New York City Council Member John Liu.
LEADERSHIP * ENERGY * COMMITMENT * RESULTS
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The owner of the group has set your subscription type as "Email", meaning that you'll receive a copy of every message posted to the group as they are posted.
Johnny, if people want spam from you, they'll sign up for it themselves, ok? Most people just want to be left alone.
The Crapper advises those targeted to click on the link in the welcome e-mail that says, "report abuse," and then the link that says "unsubscribe."