List of Schiavo Donors Will Be Sold by Direct-Marketing FirmYes, Richard, I think you're right. Wow, look at me, actually agreeing with Richard Viguerie. This story has officially transcended bizarre.
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.
Privacy experts said the sale of the list was legal and even predictable, if ghoulish.
"I think it's amusing," said Robert Gellman, a privacy and information policy consultant. "I think it's absolutely classic America. Everything is for sale in America, every type of personal information."
Pamela Hennessy, an unpaid spokeswoman for the Schindlers, said she was initially appalled when she learned of the list's existence.
"It is possibly the most distasteful thing I have ever seen," Ms. Hennessy said. "Everybody is making a buck off of her."
"I think it sounds a little unusual right now because of the situation where she is in the process of dying," said Richard Viguerie, another major conservative direct-mail operator. "If you came across this information six months or a year from now, I don't think you would give it too much thought."
So, let me get this straight. Right after the importance of "life" is the importance is making a buck? Nice. Very nice. It sure does cast a different light on her parents, doesn't it? Well, at the very least Terri doesn't know about it.