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4 t 4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:34 PM
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I have a quick question
does AARP have to pay for their commercials cause if they do knock it off take that money and help the people. There is NO WAY that they are legitimate if they were they could never afford that many commercials. They are on ALL stations ALL the time WTF?? Did * endorse AARP because honest to god with all the money they must spend on commercials they could cut costs and really take care of their customers.
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Uben Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:36 PM
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1. I think the reason they have so many commercials is......
.....they get an AARP discount!
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HarukaTheTrophyWife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:38 PM
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2. AARP mails me stuff all the time
I'm 25.
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Mnemosyne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:40 PM
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3. Watch out! They've been stalking me for over a year now!
Of course, I turned fifty last year :) , but still. Argh!
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bkkyosemite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:40 PM
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4. AARP sell insurance supplemental to Medicare. We were paying for the two of us
$317.00 per month and then we cancelled as it was too expensive. They also sell car insurance and these are some of where their money comes from...
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4 t 4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:02 PM
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9. So I am Not Wrong In Thinking
AARP should go to hell. ( do they pay for comercials because if they do- spend those billions on your clients- OMG?) This is new world order. Get off AARP, Rush Limbaugh, info mercials, any and all preachers on teevee, (telling me I am going to hell if I don't donate) all preachers on tv, ( not EVER what Jesus would do ) another thing I don't want to hear about my white teeth, about my breath, about ny abs, about my insurance coverage, about my bones, about my teeth, about my insurance, (of any kind) it's all about their money. Enough said right? They don't care about you for one single second-wake up and fight
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texastoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:44 PM
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5. They are big lobbyists
for us geezers.

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pleah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:47 PM
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6. I find them extremely irritating.
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 09:47 PM by pleah
Oh, and, today I got my first junk mail for seniors! I'm not even 50 yet. It was about funerals. :wow:


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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:52 PM
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7. AARP is a commercal enterprise masquerading as a public interest advocate.
It's a very popular racket.
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TreasonousBastard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:55 PM
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8. AARP is essentially an insurance agent...
life, health, auto, home...

That's where their real money comes from and how they can offer "membership" for $12.50 a year.

They have been under various investigations about how they can effectively lobby for seniors when the real interests of seniors run counter to the financial intersts of AARP-- answer: they are not really effective lobbyists.



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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:11 PM
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10. I think they've 'associated' with insurance companies, too;
not the clean babes in the woods they once were.
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Rage for Order Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:13 PM
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11. I get more aggravated at the ASCPA commercials
And Humane Society commercials. I donate to these organizations so they can help animals, not so they can run ads asking for more money. You want to raise money? Sign up some volunteers to dial for dollars. Don't pay for 30 second national television spots

:banghead:
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Redstone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:16 PM
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12. Uh, if they didn't run the commercials, they wouldn't HAVE enough members
to do the things they do.

That's pretty fucking simple, and I can't imagine why you don't understand it.

Redstone
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4 t 4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:51 PM
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15. Are you kidding ?
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david13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:29 PM
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13. All"NonProfits"
are like that. They spend most of their money on their own salaries, and ... soliciting more money.
W.F.Buckley said the way to ruin them is send them a check for $5.00. But then never anything else. They will spend much, even hundreds trying to get you to send in more.
I sent in a reasonable amount to one environmental group. They spend several hundred on letters, brochures, booklets, pins, offers, trying to get more out of me. They never did. I had told them by letter, don't put me on your mailing list, as this is all I will give.
They ignored that, as they thought they had a real fish on the line.
dc
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Christian30 Donating Member (341 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:47 PM
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14. I'm a professional fundraiser
and I find your post insulting. Yes, the AARP and other major interest groups may be wasteful and/or conflicted. I won't argue that. But I'd bet that ASPCA is getting donated airtime or it's being underwritten by a donor for that specific reason. Raising awareness for animal cruelty or the environment is not an inexpensive undertaking. The right has Faux News and countless other media outlets to spew their lies and misinformation. The vast majority of nonprofits are underfunded relative to their mission and terrified of spending money on raising their visibility for precisely this reason. It's this short-sighted, knee jerk reactions that hurt good groups who are working to make the world a better place.

Besides, I'd rather see an AARP or ASPCA commercial than something promoting another "product" that is being imported from China that nobody needs and probably has lead paint in it.

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4 t 4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:53 PM
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16.  Yes, the AARP and other major interest groups may be wasteful
enough said.
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4 t 4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:21 PM
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17. I'm a professional fundraiser
you are, how can you admit that. yuck!
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Christian30 Donating Member (341 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:28 PM
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18. I admit it freely
the organization I work for has done more to educate the public about LGBT lives and issues than any candidate, corporation or individual. Previously, I raised money for a grassroots activist group, an academic medical center and a legal defense group. I'm very proud of what I do and you benefit every day of your life from the funds raised by people like me, whether you notice it or not. As so most people on DU.

Plus, I have the balls to ask for money for a good cause. Most people don't.
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4 t 4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:33 PM
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19. Thank you Redstone you are so wise
Redstone

Uh, if they didn't run the commercials, they wouldn't HAVE enough members
to do the things they do.

That's pretty fucking simple, and I can't imagine why you don't understand it.

Redstone


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emilyg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:45 PM
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20. I agree.
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