Asked Federal Trade Commission if Americans Abroad are being excluded from Sweepstakes

Since neither the Obama nor the Romney team responded in my inquiry concerning sweepstakes and citizens abroad, I called  1-877-FTC-HELP seeking more information.  To me, it is unclear if Americans abroad are included or excluded with the following text:

PROMOTION OPEN ONLY TO INDIVIDUAL UNITED STATES CITIZENS AND LAWFUL PERMANENT U.S. RESIDENTS WHO ARE LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE FIFTY (50) UNITED STATES, THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND PUERTO RICO, AND OVER THE AGE OF 18 (OR THE AGE OF MAJORITY UNDER APPLICABLE LAW
http://www.barackobama.com/last-dinner-with-barack/rules

The Federal Trade Commission is supposed to “prevent business practices that are anticompetitive or deceptive or unfair to consumers; to enhance informed consumer choice and public understanding of the competitive process; and to accomplish this without unduly burdening legitimate business activity.”

Unfortunately, the Federal Trade Commission didn’t know if American citizens living abroad are being included or excluded and advised me to continue searching for an answer.  I guess that it is acceptable in America to be deceptive or unfair to Americans living abroad.

Thus, I wrote the National Association of Consumer Advocates the following:

Are Americans abroad included or excluded from sweepstakes?  I contacted the Obama and Romney teams concerning their sweepstakes, but they did not provide an answer, nor did the FTC know if Americans living abroad are included or excluded from Sweepstakes.  How do you understand the following in relation to Americans overseas:

“PROMOTION OPEN ONLY TO INDIVIDUAL UNITED STATES CITIZENS AND LAWFUL PERMANENT U.S. RESIDENTS WHO ARE LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE FIFTY (50) UNITED STATES, THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND PUERTO RICO, AND OVER THE AGE OF 18 (OR THE AGE OF MAJORITY UNDER APPLICABLE LAW)”
http://www.barackobama.com/last-dinner-with-barack/rules

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2 thoughts on “Asked Federal Trade Commission if Americans Abroad are being excluded from Sweepstakes

  1. I wonder what the Supreme Court would say if we tallied up all of these cases and presented them as evidence of our mistreatment, everything from dinner with the president, to our inability to call the IRS toll free, file taxes electronically, win fantasy sport contests, apply for Obamacare, watch major network television over the internet, and many, many more cases. The only thing we qualify for is paying taxes and reporting our personal and sometimes confidential (corporate and NGO) financial information.

  2. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court wouldn’t say anything since we live outside of US jurisdiction and are thus not subject to US jurisdiction matters. The Supreme Court only cares about and acts for individuals who live in the US. Americans living abroad have no political representation, no political influence, no stateside lobbies or interest groups and no US protection when they live in a country that they are also a citizen of.

    I renounced US citizenship towards the end of 2012.

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