Just so we’re clear. I no longer work for Catholic Exchange.

Just so we’re clear. I no longer work for Catholic Exchange. January 18, 2012

I have not worked for them for nearly a year. So even though they’ve elected to keep a link to my blog on their front page and have not updated their “Who We Are” page to reflect my (amicable) departure, I’m not part of their staff anymore and haven’t drawn a paycheck from them in many months.

Therefore, if you are among those whose mailing information Catholic Exchange apparently decided to give to the Santorum campaign, please do not complain to me. Complain to Harold Fickett, President of Catholic Exchange. Thank you for your attention.

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  • Paul Miller

    Just so you know, the local Catholic radio station still airs several times a day a PSA brought to us by “Mark Shea of CatholicExchange.com”. No doubt they are also outdated, but may be contributing to the general confusion as to your current affiliations.

    • Mark Shea

      Yeah. Can’t do much about those. Oh well.

  • William

    Already sent my complaint email regarding the Santorum/ Catholic Exchange partnership.

  • Hi Mark,
    I spoke with you by phone several years ago when a mutual friend, Marshall Fritz, introduced us. Would you be so kind as to look over our website and then let those who read you know about us? We have mission trips and discipleship opportunites for Catholics. We are excited about what the Lord is doing and pray for more open doors for our ministry here in the states like the ones we have overseas. http://kerygmatexas.com
    Blessings,
    Lori & Alan Harris

    • Sherry Weddell

      Mark did post about you last week, I think!

  • Marthe Lépine

    I was wondering why I got an e-mail today from Catholic Exchange about Santorum’s campaign… I am not even a citizen of the US, and I live near Ottawa, Canada! That explains it. No problem, I just erased it, like I do a lot of other spam mail…

  • Nor do I. So if you wondered what happened to their terrific senior editor, she is now editor-in-chief at Catholic Lane. http://catholiclane.com 🙂

  • Rob

    Ha. Was wondering how I got on that list. Now I know.

  • Mark et al., this is what I heard back from Mr. Fickett

    We rented our list on a blind, one-time basis to the Santorum campaign for advertising. Due to staff error, this was not made sufficiently clear. We do not endorse individual candidates, period. I hope this alleviates your concern and you will communicate this [ . . . ]To avoid any appearance of support for a candidacy, we will no longer be renting our list in this way.

    Still not satisfied, but I thought I would pass it along.

    • John

      About what are you not satisfied? How to you expect these people to stay in business without renting their lists to groups that think there would be significant overlap?

      If people don’t want to get emails of this type they should only give their email addresses to companies that pledge not to do this (although I advise against that–once in a while a third party email is very interesting).

  • Campaigns want email lists because they want votes, which will help them win. By providing campaigns with email lists, one is helping them in their task of getting votes, and thus helping them to win. The ‘help’ of course is minimal, but nonetheless it is help. Even if providing thousands of email addresses amounted to them obtaining even one vote, one has provided one vote for that campaign that it didn’t have before. How is this any different than casting the vote yourself?