“Right to Life” robocalls from D.C. tell Wisconsin recall voters to stay home

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If you get a robocall informing you that you should not vote in a recall election in Wisconsin today, please double check. You need to go to the polls between the hours of 7AM and 8PM in 6 recall districts and vote in person as usual. In 6 districts-including District 10 where calls like these were received –  it is too late to use an absentee ballot and if you ever do so, you can consult with your local clerk.

Look HERE to find out where to vote. And HERE is a rundown of who is running and where.

 

UPDATE: From an anonymous source on tumblr: ‘Why are you lying about Wisconsin Right to Life telling people not to vote. The entire script says:

“Hello, this is Barbara Lyons from Wisconsin Right to Life. I’m calling today to let you know that you will be receiving an absentee ballot application for the upcoming recall elections in the mail in the next few days. These recall elections are very important and voting absentee will ensure that your vote is counted and that we can maintain a pro-family, pro-life state senate. We hope that we can count on you to complete that application and send it back to us within 7 days.”‘

I am being called a liar for taking to task an organization that seems to be obscuring the truth: calling people to send them an absentee ballot the day before a make or break election which pits a real Democrat against a fake one. Whomever gets through this election faces off with the Republican. If the real Dem does not make it, they’re history. This election day is critical.

And here is a recording of the call:


Please record details if you get one of these robocalls. If you live in one of the recall districts and have the ability to record your phonecalls today either with your computer or an answering machine, please be prepared to do so.

I believe they’ve been received in district 10, which includes River Falls, and the 30th district, which includes Green Bay. The note which indicates district 30 was a target came from the Stand With Senator Dave Hansen group. This blog entry

says that district 10 was a target.

“There’s a robocall telling people absentee ballots are in the mail and telling them NOT to go to the polls tomorrow. It’s coming from the 703 area code (D.C.), and we need to get a recording of it and the phone number. SPREAD THE WORD and ask people to help. Added information is: 703 is Northern Virginia but the recording said it was Wisconsin Right to Life.” [I am not sure which district this note originated in. It was passed on to me by a Dane County resident]
AND

“Just got a recorded phone call from VIRGINIA from the right to life people, saying that they would be mailing me an absentee ballot, for the upcoming recall elections, within the next few days and they would appreciate it if I would sign it and return it within the next five days! WHAT THE HECK IS THAT ALL ABOUT! I’m pretty sure that if I need an absentee ballot that I have to get it from my town clerk…..the recording said that if I had questions, I could reach the right to life offices at 877-855-5007. The phone call came from 703-410-3201.” [this note is from a district 30 resident]

I googled 703-410-3201 on the chance something would turn up and it did. Several people reported that

a ‘Joe the Plumber’ message was left  - which came from that number  - asking them to support Scott Walker in March this year.(Below are screen prints I took of the site last night in case the information is removed.)

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  17 comments for ““Right to Life” robocalls from D.C. tell Wisconsin recall voters to stay home

  1. Mark M.
    July 13, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    I called 877-855-5007 and got a live person. I told her how disgusted I was and that we would pursue this. She said “Thank you” and hung up on me.

  2. July 13, 2011 at 12:12 am

    I called the 877-855-5007 and left the following message:

    If you care so much about life, why aren’t you chastising that Simac lady. She is writing books about guns targeted at a children. There are millions of topics much more appropriate for children.

    Don’t you care about children’s lives? Or is this really just about being political?

    If you really care—send Simac a message to start being an adult and quit wasting my time.

  3. Kati Walsh
    July 13, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Just left a message for WI Right to Life. 877-855-5007. Tell them how you feel about their robocall! Fill their inbox.

  4. Barb T
    July 12, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Americans for Prosperity = Koch Brothers!! No WONDER people are getting this kind of call!!!

  5. Valerie
    July 12, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    I’m in DC. All 703 numbers are local calls for me. I just tried the 703 number, and Verizon, my local carrier, told me robotically that “this call cannot be completed as dialed. Please check the number and try again.” Which I did, only to get the same message. I think the poster who said this may not even be their actual number is in fact correct–I think it’s a fake number.

    • TimBo
      July 13, 2011 at 2:03 am

      That’s an automated robo calling number, it won’t take calls and refers you to a message that says this, it’s probably not even Verizon on that recording, it’s probably a recording on the calling organization’s phone system. That’s what happens whenever you return a robocall, whether it’s this, telemarketing recordings, whatever.

      And how can this possibly be LEGAL?

  6. Bill Kurtz
    July 12, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    I consider myself pro-life, but WRTL is an embarrassment. They presumably support “family values” but they have endorsed Randy Hopper (an adulterer), Rob Cowles (investor in porn sites) and Kim Simac (spouse swapper).

    • July 12, 2011 at 8:32 pm

      Interesting. I’m surprised they endorsed Hopper given the publicity on the adultery.

    • Dianne
      July 13, 2011 at 3:44 am

      Yeah, it’s disgusting. I also consider myself pro-life, but this crap from WRTL makes me want to spit nails. Such “pro-life” politics went way, way around the bend years ago, and I want nothing to do with it. Totally bought and sold by the plutocrats who cynically use pro-lifers for their own ends. With fantastically successful results, tragically.

      I really hope that those people funding the fake Dem candidacies and the robocalls wasted lots and lots of money on their shenanigans.

  7. July 12, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    This kind of activity – the dirty tricks, the underhanded redrawing of districts to not include a current legislative member’s home, the changing of rules last-minute, the putting up of “fake candidates” – may seem like fun-and-games to the Rove/Atwater crowd, but they are at their heart unAmerican. EVERY CITIZEN HAS THE RIGHT TO VOTE. Denying them access to the polls, calling them with information that is misleading, requiring them to have a PAID ID to vote… this is not the America our Founders envisioned. This is not democracy.

    • July 12, 2011 at 8:02 pm

      Yes. Thanks for saying this. A vote should be for everybody whether poor or rich or .. an equalizer. I am also livid at the thought of tampering with this. I’m trying to cool down a little now and focus on other things for the day – also getting some things on the site to help with poll watching. I’ve got to hope that the various potholes in the road can’t stop our movement. Stay strong.

  8. July 12, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    The (703) 410-3201 belongs to a Virginia Call center and is leased by Americans for Prosperity.

    • July 12, 2011 at 7:41 pm

      Mind adding how you located that info? Thanks

  9. Eli
    July 12, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    I just called Wisconsin Right to Life (877-855-5007) and a very argumentative lady said that yes, they were behind the calls and they’ve been making them for the past few days. She said they’re offering to mail people absentee voter applications, that it’s perfectly legal, and when I said I thought it was potentially election fraud to confuse and decieve voters on an election day she said “well then go vote for your democrat and make yourself happy.”

    • TimBo
      July 13, 2011 at 2:07 am

      WOW! Can you tweet that? These people are just amazing.

  10. Nicholas Cincinat
    July 12, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Just so you know, a lot of robocallers use Caller ID spoofing and that may not even be their actual number.

    This may fall under Federal Wirefraud or Election Tampering statutes.

    Let me put it this way. You don’t see Democrats fraudulently trying to deny people their right to vote. This is despicable beyond belief.

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