is it a Viral e-mail, or is it spam?

so, I’m reading on a mailing list this morning a message from someone who wants to (in his own words):

send out HTML based viral email (yes you heard right) which highlights this fact and ssks the recipient to do 2 things – firstly vote Renewable or Nuclear and secondly, send it on.

I and several others said “that’s spam – don’t do it”. And he’s getting very uppity, because the cause is something to do with building (or probably not building) nuclear power stations.

it’s still spam though, isn’t it …