Thank You, Rhode Island General Assembly, Thank You So Very Much

I received this email from the Amazon Associates Program earlier this week:

We are writing from the Amazon Associates Program to notify you that your Associates account has been closed as of June 29, 2009. This is a direct result of the unconstitutional tax collection scheme passed by the Rhode Island General Assembly with a veto-proof majority. As a result, we will no longer pay any referral fees for customers referred to or after June 29. We were forced to take this unfortunate action in anticipation of actual enactment because of uncertainties surrounding the legislation’s effective date. The governor could sign the bill — or have his veto overridden — any day now.

Please be assured that all qualifying referral fees earned prior to June 29, 2009 will be processed and paid in full in accordance with our regular referral fee schedule. Based on your account closure date of June 29, 2009, any final payments will be paid by September 1, 2009.

In the event that Rhode Island repeals this tax collection scheme, we would certainly be happy to re-open our Associates program to Rhode Island residents.

The Rhode Island General Assembly’s website is, the governor’s website is, and additional information may be obtained from the Performance Marketing Alliance at

We have enjoyed working with you and other Rhode Island-based participants in the Amazon Associates Program, and wish you all the best in your future.

Best Regards,

The Amazon Associates Team

I made a couple of bucks off of my Amazon Associate’s account, nothing substantial at all. But those few dollars were a nice extra and would occasionally let me get a cd or a book. In a state with one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, our government officials are seemingly bent on figuring new and different ways to screw over RI residence.

Good going there, Gentleman and Ladies. I appreciate just how much you are “working” for the people of this state.

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