Although — because spam e.mail can cross national borders — there is a limit to what the Federal government might practically and legitimately do about spam e.mail, the Federal government doesn't do what it could. In fact, Federal legislation actively subverted the efforts of some state legislatures to battle spam.
My suggestion is this: On 3 May of every year, send one piece of email, objecting in your own words (however brief) to poor Federal action against spam, to each of the following:
- your District Representative to Congress
- the two Senators of your State or Commonwealth
- the President
- the Democratic National Committee
- the Republican National Committee
firstname.lastname@example.org. I don't have a fall-back address for Representatives.)
Encourage each of your acquaintances, friends, and family members who are unhappy about spam e.mail to do the same, and to likewise encourage those whom they know.
This year, there will be very few people sending such objections, but next year there could be substantially more, and the numbers could continue to grow each year.