blast fax
n. A fax that is sent to a large number of recipients.
Faxes were OK when they came into a machine and somebody handed you pieces of paper, but now fast faxes, blast faxes, attack faxes and so forth come pouring into my PC, where they go into a fax program that is cumbersome and unreadable.
—Dale McFeatters, “Out of touch,” Journal of Commerce, May 21, 1999
Many Senate aides said their offices are counting input only from home-state constituents. Senate aides said that in recent years, they have been flooded with "blast faxes" and e-mail "spam lists," both of which can send countless messages to senators with the push of a computer button.
—Michael Kranish, “Corporate America holds off on lobbying,” The Boston Globe, January 21, 1999
1992 (earliest)
One goal at the convention was to encourage a grass roots lobbying organization among Florida bankers. The trade group uses what it calls a "blast fax," which it sends to bankers statewide when the association wants them to call legislators on a specific issue. A script often accompanies the fax to help bankers appear up on the issue.
—Robert Trigaux, “Bankers told to assert themselves politically,” St. Petersburg Times (Florida), June 22, 1992
Gareth Branwyn, head honcho of Wired's Jargon Watch column, alerted me to this phrase. -Paul
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