Election Spam, 2018 ed., Volume 1
Hello intermittent readers, and welcome to the latest edition in my series on electoral advertising. As you may or may
not know, June 5th is California's primary election for 2018. We've got a contentious list of ballot measures, as well
as a variety of local, state, and federal offices up for election, which means it's time for a bunch of special interest
groups to spend money sending my family high-gloss advertising pamphlets.
On the ballot this time around:
- Lt. Governor
- Secretary of State
- State Controller
- Attorney General
- Insurance Commissioner
- Board of Equalization
- US Senator
- US Representative
- State Assembly
- Superior Court Judge (x4)
- Superintendent of Public Instruction
- 5 State Measures
- 1 Regional Measure
- 9 City Measures
After the fold, let's see who's spending their advertising budget in densest San Francisco.
Election Spam, 2016 ed., The Final Countdown
As you may or may not know, today is the day before the most contentious election in recent memory. Aside from the
presidential race between a competent woman and a can of orange spray paint, there are also a host of down-ballot
candidates at the federal, state, and local levels, and, here in San Francisco, an outstanding 42 state, regional,
and city ballot propositions. As
is usual, I've received a
healthy pile of 77 pieces of election spam this season; here's my tally.
Overall, of the 77 pieces of mail that my wife and I received in the months leading up to this election, 15 of
them were voting slates and 62 of them were either single-issue or, in many cases, dual-issue (U & P,
Q & R). As far as I can tell, only a single one of them (the state-issued party-level official endorsements)
even touched on the presidential campaign. Read on for details!
Election Ads, 2016 ed., Part 1
Hello readers! If you've been living under a rock (or, really, anywhere that isn't California), this coming
Tuesday (June 7th) is the most important primary election in California in recent memory! As befits such a momentous
occasion, I've received another batch of election spam!
Surprisingly, the biggest issue in this election in San Francisco isn't the presidential primary, but is instead the
election of the Democratic County Central Committee (the DCCC); the vast
majority of election spam that I received was either a complete slate for the DCCC, or an ad for an individual
I've decided to break …
2015 Election Ads - Update
A couple of weeks ago, I posted about the election spam that I'd gotten. I figured that since voting had begun, the flow of ads would taper off. Boy was I wrong! Here's my current count:
|Yes on Aaron Peskin/No on Julie Christensen
|Yes on Julie Christensen/No on Aaron Peskin
|Yes on Prop A
|Yes on Prop D
|Yes on Prop F
|No on Prop F
|No on Prop I
|Vicki Hennessy for Sheriff
In addition to all of this paper spam, I now get between one and four phone calls a day from supporters of various candidates (and, in one case, from a candidate themselves). And three times now, I've caught campaigners tailgating into my apartment building to annoy people door-to-door.
Here's the list of distinct organizations I've gotten voting voting slates from so far:
- San Francisco Tenant's Union
- Alice B Toklas Democratic Club
- Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club
- San Francisco Young Democrats Club
- Affordable Housing Alliance
- San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee
- Sierra Club
- FDR Democratic Club
- District 3 Democrats Club
- Affordable Future for San Francisco PAC / Jane Kim
Most of these have sent three or four different ads with the same slate but different artwork or highlighting different issues.
At least there are only two more days.
2015 Election Ads
You may or may not know this, but 2015 is shaping up to be a big election year in San Francisco. Yes, it's an off-year. Yes, there are "only" nine propositions on the ballot. Nonetheless, if you believe the rhetoric, this is the year that's going to make it or break it for the city of San Francisco. How do I know all this? It's because I read through all 46 pieces of printed advertising that I've received so far this season.