Afternooner: Maggie is Woman of the Year, Louise Fundraising on Robocalls

Maggie Brooks was named Republican Woman of the Year at a gathering of Republican women in Albany.

I just got a fundraising letter from the Slaughter campaign asking for money to fight what she calls “misleading robo-calls”. Here’s what the calls say:

Hello, I’m calling from the National Republican Congressional Committee with an important alert about your Congressman Louise Slaughter. Slaughter voted for the government takeover of healthcare which cuts $500 billion from Medicare and is going to cost taxpayers nearly double what Washington politicians claimed. Slaughter’s plan even empowers unelected bureaucrats to make decisions that could deny access and raise the cost of care. Call Louise Slaughter at 202-225-3615 and tell her enough is enough and to keep her hands off our healthcare. Paid for by the National Republican Congressional Committee. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. 320 First Street SE, Washington, DC 20003. 202.479.7000

If you heard that call, you’d think that $500 billion was cut from Medicare benefits, but no benefits were cut, just some budget juggling, as every fact-checking organization agreed when this came up in 2010 (here’s CNN’s analysis, but you can use Google to find a dozen other, similar articles).

2 thoughts on “Afternooner: Maggie is Woman of the Year, Louise Fundraising on Robocalls

    • Yes. Robocalls are cheap and they are a two-fer because they usually get some press if it’s a slow news day.

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