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November 6, 2012

When candidates spam

End of election will bring relief to Americans' email inboxes

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WASHINGTON —

The Oct. 24 e-mail asked for a more modest "contribution of $25, $50 or even $100?" Not more than that.

The next day she seemed a bit anxious: "Please — if you can — stop what you are doing right now" and listen to a message.

The day after that she e-mailed that "I sent you the below e-mail yesterday, and I'm concerned that I haven't heard back from you."

On Oct. 31, she sent another request. The next day her campaign manager leaned on us. Hey, he said, "Michele hasn't heard back from you and she asked me to follow up this morning."

No more wishy-washy. "Your $50 contribution today is desperately needed," he wrote. "Click here to make a secure donation right now!

Blind panic set in on Saturday:

"NO TIME TO EXPLAIN.

"I JUST GOT WORD BILL CLINTON IS COMING TO MY DISTRICT TOMORROW TO PERSONALLY CAMPAIGN AGAINST ME.

"I need your support right away!! Please go to my website . . . and make an immediate donation."

And she REALLY needs it. After all, Bachmann has raised just $13 million this cycle, more than all House hopefuls but one.

So, would a donation end the e-mails? Not likely. In fact, donations just egg them on. Remember that for 2014.

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Fun factoid floating around: When was the last time a Republican won the presidency without either a Bush or a Nixon on the ticket?

The answer: 1928 (Herbert Hoover).

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Election seasons are an especially bad time for people seeking pardons for federal offenses. Obama, Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush did not pardon anyone during their campaigns for a second term.

And Obama, who hasn't pardoned anyone since November 2011, has pardoned people at a lower rate than any of his recent predecessors, according to a report Friday by the nonprofit investigative organization ProPublica.

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