Congressman Gary Miller (Republican, California) plans to hand over to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) 150,000 unsolicited commercial e-mail messages.
The spam was collected over the past two months by the Spam Recycling Center, a Web site set up by a number of antispam organizations, including the Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial E-mail (CAUCE).
The organizations hope to draw federal attention to the scale of the problem and to the unsavory nature of much of the spam -- about 30 percent promote pornographic Web sites, and another 30 percent tout dubious get-rich-quick schemes.
Miller said he hopes the action will help speed up the treatment of the Can Spam Act, which he proposed last month, according to his press secretary, John Cusey.
The Can Spam Act, one of several proposals in the Senate and Congress that would regulate unsolicited commercial e-mail, would allow Internet service providers to sue the senders of such commercial e-mail for up to US$25,000 per day in damages.
Cusey said the congressman hopes the bill can be put on the House agenda ''as soon as possible after the August break.''