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Sell out, with me tonight, sell out...

The parents of Terri Schiavo have authorized a conservative direct-mailing firm to sell a list of their financial supporters, making it likely that thousands of strangers moved by her plight will receive a steady stream of solicitations from anti-abortion and conservative groups.
"These compassionate pro-lifers donated toward Bob Schindler's legal battle to keep Terri's estranged husband from removing the feeding tube from Terri," says a description of the list on the Web site of the firm, Response Unlimited, which is asking $150 a month for 6,000 names and $500 a month for 4,000 e-mail addresses of people who responded last month to an e-mail plea from Ms. Schiavo's father. "These individuals are passionate about the way they value human life, adamantly oppose euthanasia and are pro-life in every sense of the word!"

That story goes nicely with this one:

"They're Going to Kill My Daughter Terri Schiavo Unless Good People Like You Help us Stop Them," writes Bob Schindler, Schiavo's father, in an Internet solicitation letter for the Life Legal Defense Foundation, which helped underwrite the Schindler family's legal fees.
Donors of $100 or more can receive a videotape of Schiavo in her bed, as can anyone who promises to show the tape and the solicitation letter to friends.

Seven days!


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Man, this whole charade is sick. From all sides.

In all fairness, my initial impression (that the Schindlers were profiting from the sale of the donors' information) didn't hold up after I read through; that aspect of it wasn't a sell-out. If I understand correctly, they agreed ahead of time that the firm soliciting for them in order to get donations (to help with the presumably huge legal fees) could sell the info later. The profit from the sale of the information appears to go to that marketing firm.

The videotape is a more troubling issue...

So this must be the point where the clown car rolls out and several tall clowns get out.

Ya know, to keep the circus metaphor going...

But will Jeb be able to pull off a good Bozo impersonation?

(queue circus music)

Uh, Jeb seems to be comporting himself like the actual governor of a frigging state, who realizes he has no legal leg to stand on...in other words, is doing absolutely nothing, just as he should be.

The videotape is a more troubling issue...

Less, to me. Any person or organization who solicits donations usually offers some incentive to high-dollar donors. Bloggers do it themselves during charity drives or blogathons all the time.

It is a circus, but I blame the nakedly opportunistic right-wing politicians and advocacy groups much more than the parents. The folks attempting to exploit this case politically appear to have no shame.


Fair enough. I was thinking about the linking an image of Terri to the money like it was a "prize" (hey, come on over tonight, I got the Terri video!); however, it appears that the video wasn't limited to the high-end donors, it was also available to anyone who would "pass the word," so I guess it was just meant to be a forceful message of the situation.


Nakedly opportunistic right-wingers like Jesse Jackson? Or all the congressional Democrats who voted for the bill?

This isn't strictly a partisan issue.

Lie down with dogs like Randall Terry and, well, you know the rest.

Realism is virtue, at least to other realists....

What did you think this was all about anyway? In the end it was about names and money for pro-lifers. (What did that 100 bucks go for anyway? Will there be an accounting?)

What Fred said.

Jesse Jackson, Ralph Nader and Randall Terry all on the same bandwagon. That says a lot right there.

As a fiction writer, I find the whole thing demoralizing, because you just can't make this kind of shit up. We don't even need the made-for-TV movie, it already IS a made-for-TV movie


Wasn't the beginning of the bad blood between the Schindler's and Schiavo when Schindler basically asked Shiavo "how much of the settlement are we gonna get"? This latest bit of news supports the Schindler contention that it's all about the money -- only they're the ones after it.

I've learned (from my own sad experience and that of family members) to NEVER give money to ANY cause in any other way than purely anonymously. And consider your causes carefully.

Otherwise, you get deluged with crap in your mailbox or in-box. I've got pleading letters from Robert Redford, WWF (no, not the wrestling federation), Audubon, etc., etc. because I gave money to the Nature Conservancy ONCE.

I get all kinds of pleading donations for different diseases and charities, because I gave money to March of Dimes a few times.

My mom gets all kinds of freaky political stuff because she gave money to a conservative candidate once.

It's sad to think the Schindlers are "selling out" (if indeed they are) but it's pretty much par for the course.

Before the elections, I get stuff from both Democrats and Republicans (and from Independent candidates, if there are any). It's interesting to see how each group distorts the truth or what the other groups say to serve their own purposes, but I still wish I didn't get so much junk mail. (And yes, I know about the Mail Preferences Service and all that but I also don't want to lose the book catalogs I get).

Hubris, you're right that it's not strictly a partisan debate, but I don't think we'd all know who Terry Schiavo is without her case having become a cause celebre for right wing advocacy groups and politicians. Politicians on both sides of the aisle have misread the public's attitude toward this issue, but those on the right are the ones pushing it most aggressively.