Capitol Switchboard Used to Pitch ObamaCare?

The tax payer funded Congress and Senate switchboard is being illegally used to push ObamaCare. If you call your Congressman or Senator via the Capitol switchboard you will be given a pitch to urge your Congressman to vote for Obama’s health-care plan.

Thank you for calling your Representative and your Senators.

Please urge them to vote yes on health insurance reform. Because the American people can no longer wait for more choices, lower costs, and coverage we can count on.

Try it yourself at 1-800-828-0498 while it lasts.

I tried it myself just to make sure and this is absolutely true.

Here is the audio:

This is not the first time government resources have been used to promote ObamaCare. As we know the administration set up a snitch email, the now defunct, flag@whitehouse.gov.

Whether you approve of Obama’s health care plan or not you should be outraged that tax-payer funded resources are being used to push anyone’s political agenda. When you call your Congressman you should not be subjected to any kind of pitch prior to being connected.

Call your Congressman and alert them to put a stop to this, and hold those responsible for this miss-allocation of government resources.

Imagine the outcry if George W Bush tried this?

******UPDATE*******

After some investigating this 800 number may actually be run by liberal lobbying groups duping people into calling that number instead of the regular Capitol switchboard, then they give you the pitch and forward you to the real one.

If this is the case then we need to find out the organization(s) behind this and expose them. It would be interesting to discover the legality of this. What we may need to do is call this number repeatedly because every call costs the 800 number owners money. Just make sure you don’t let the call forward to the switchboard so no tax money will be used. This is what happened after flag@whitehouse.gov was exposed. So many people spammed it that it forced them to take it down.

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  1. #1 by marshall on September 27, 2009 - 7:51 am

    yawn!!!! Maybe Ken would feel better if Obama fired federal prosecutors that didn’t support ObamaCare. Ken if you are too stupid to figure out how to dial the correct number then that sounds like your problem

  2. #2 by Richard Warnick on September 27, 2009 - 9:59 am

    Ken–

    I just Googled “capitol switchboard lie” and this post was in the top ten results.

    But thanks for posting the correction. This toll-free number has been in existence for years, and is perfectly legal. In fact, it’s a public service because the U.S. Capitol switchboard does not have a toll-free number (maybe they should).

  3. #3 by Becky Stauffer on September 27, 2009 - 6:57 pm

    Ken,

    Where do you get these wacko things? Let me guess. WND. And even after you post your own retraction, you continue to hope there might be something illegal going on.

    Really, Ken, with all due respect, there are enough real issues to write about without wasting time on these trumped up ones.

  4. #4 by Ken on September 27, 2009 - 7:58 pm

    Becky

    It may not be illegal but I question if it is ethical.

  5. #5 by Becky Stauffer on September 27, 2009 - 8:35 pm

    Ken,

    You said “It would be interesting to discover the legality of this.” You keep changing your position.

    Can you point out what might be unethical about this group or use of the 800 number?

    I’m curious where did you get this 800 number and who told you it was a White House number? Something about that sounds pretty devious to me.

  6. #6 by Larry Bergan on September 28, 2009 - 9:42 pm

    Ken:

    So you were angry when the Bush people put fake news stories on the air which promoted their fake based initiatives?

  7. #7 by Cliff on September 29, 2009 - 5:24 am

    Ken, Why the sudden (or convenient) ethics grandstanding? Are to trying to compensate for the false accusation or just trying to make up for your undying support for the unethical administration of BUSH!????

  8. #8 by Dwight Sheldon Adams on October 1, 2009 - 11:25 am

    Ken–

    First of all, you should be more cautious about what you post. It would have taken you less time to find out the truth about this number than it took to write your screed.

    I do agree with you, however, that this is unethical. While I agree with the message itself, I don’t believe it’s right to give partisan messages to unaware callers before sending them to the capitol switchboard.

    Nevertheless, you must understand that this is a toll-free number that grants you free access to the capitol at the expense of the number’s owners. The capitol is always available, of course, but it costs dollars to access without a number like this. In exchange for the free service, the owners of the number take liberties with their property–the number itself. Besides, there is nothing that obligates you to use their number. I still disagree with the owners of the number disseminating it as if it were the actual number for the switchboard, but I kind of suspect that most of that dissemination comes in the form of independent liberals spreading it by word-of-mouth to promote their ideas and conservatives spreading it as such specifically to generate outrage.

    There are many cases of this kind of lobbyism in America right now. In fact, some of it is for-profit lobbyism; that is, several groups are charging people a rather hefty fee for nominal access to their representatives. I just saw a commercial for a service that will add your name to a list to fax to each member of the Senate in opposition to health care reform, all for the low low price of $30! Amazing. I would say that, compared to other types of lobbyism, this one is rather tame.

    Try to relax, Ken. I condemn this kind of behavior, too. Many of us believe in a fair political system, whether there be a Republican or Democrat in the White House. You, however, can hardly claim to be one of us, as you are overeager to villify every supposed Obama error and seek evidence of fascism and dictatorship and whatever other nonsense you can, while you clearly had no intention to do likewise in regards to Bush. This all despite the fact that Bush was more clearly a threat to liberty–he didn’t just try to damage it; he actually did damage it. Until Obama does likewise, like I say, try to relax a bit.

    And don’t even try to say Obama has damaged liberty by chaining our children to future debt. What about the debt that comes from running out of resources while we’re still dependent on them? What about the debt to a war, paid in lives? Republicans have never had a good track record for planning for the future–until they’re the minority. Then, all of a sudden, the future matters.

    I hope you understand that these last few statements aren’t one of those, “Where was your outrage?” inquiries so common today. Nor are they meant to excuse Obama when he does err. It’s simply to show you that just maybe your perspective of Obama is biased to the extent of eschewing reason, and that you should try to be a little more fair in your judgments.

    Dwight Sheldon Adams

  9. #9 by Uncle Rico on October 2, 2009 - 6:05 am

    It’s simply to show you that just maybe your perspective of Obama is biased to the extent of eschewing reason

    Gee, ya think?

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