Cashing in on Terry Schiavo

As a federal wrestles with the Schavio case, a marketing firm tries to sell the names of those who contributed money to help keep her alive.

By Tim Grieve
Published March 21, 2005 7:42PM (EST)

Folks might contribute to the Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation for all sorts of reasons. To get more junk mail and spam probably isn't one of them.

But as a federal court in Florida begins to wrestle with Schiavo's case, a company that sells evangelical-themed mailing lists to direct marketers is cashing in by offering up the names and addresses of individuals who have contributed to the legal fight to extend Schiavo's life. The pitch -- "New List! First Time Available!" -- is here:

"Each of these donors responded to an email during February 2005, from Terri Schindler-Schiavo's father on behalf of his daughter. These compassionate pro-lifers donated toward Bob Schindler's legal battle to keep Terri's estranged husband from removing the feeding tube from Terri. These individuals are passionate about the way they value human life, adamantly oppose euthanasia, and are pro-life in every sense of the word!"

The names and postal addresses of 6,198 donors are available for $150. Email addresses go for $500.

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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