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Beware of anything that allows recurring donations. It’s like those robocalls trying to get you to press 1 for more information. Never press 1! Never allow recurring donations! OK, unless you’re really in love with a particular politician, have complete confidence that he won’t break your heart in the next 11 months and don’t want to be bothered about re-engaging regularly.

That’s not something you need to consider when it comes to Trump sneakily trying to secure a recurring donation commitment in exchange for terrible thank-you gifts. “For a short time, when you donate $75, we’ll send you one of our ICONIC Trump Save America Christmas Ornaments for FREE,” an email said this week. Now, the ornament isn’t the absolute worst holiday item on Trump’s list. (Have you seen the stocking with his face on it?) But do you find it odd that he wants $75 for that “FREE” decoration?

Emails like to add personal details, just to show we’re friends. I had grown accustomed to being called ‘friend’, but more and more people seem to know my name. A recent letter to ‘Gail’ from the Democratic National Committee explained how important it was that I was ‘one of 16 other Flushing supporters to contribute $7 to ensure Democrats have the resources they need to compete. and win everywhere”.

The only problem, as you might have guessed, is that I don’t live in Flushing.

Everyone wants to help you get ready for the holidays these days. You may have received a gift guide from the “Official Democratic Store” which inevitably includes a “Cup o’ Joe” presidential coffee mug, as well as a “Dogs for Democrats” necklace. Sorry to say the Joe Biden ice cream scoop was already sold out.

Flurries of non-presidential candidates are also posting. Unlike Trump and Biden, these are probably people you’ve never heard of. But if you donate, you will most certainly hear from them again.

And many other people. Give once and your name will likely end up on donor lists compiled, traded and sold in the political world.

“Once you’re on that list, it’s almost impossible to get off of it,” said Rick Hasen, a professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law.