I just received an email from President Obama’s Organizing for America group that starts off by accusing citizens opposing his health care policies as being tools of special interests and then urges his own supporters to call their representatives. The email provides contact info for a person’s representative based on location, gives a script of what people should say to their representatives, and asks them to click on a form to report any contact they made with their representatives.
“These groups are using scare tactics and spreading smears about the President’s plan for reform, trying to incite constituents into lashing out at their representatives and disrupting their events,” the email reads.
“Your representative, Eleanor Norton, has been fighting hard for real health insurance reform.” the email instructed me. “Can you call the local office in Washington? Let the person who answers know that you’re a constituent. Then tell them: ‘Thanks for working to enact real health insurance reform this year. Voters like me support your efforts.'”
So listen up all you corporate-funded old ladies showing up at town hall meetings, all you tea bagging stooges of insurance companies, all you Astroturfing military veterans, this is what real, organic, authentic grassroots organizing looks like.
The whole email below:
Members of Congress have been home for just a few days, and they’re already facing increased pressure from insurance companies, special interests, and partisan attack organizations that are spending millions to block health insurance reform.
These groups are using scare tactics and spreading smears about the President’s plan for reform, trying to incite constituents into lashing out at their representatives and disrupting their events.
The goal of these disruptions is for a few people to get a lot of media attention and hijack the entire public discourse. If they succeed, all Americans — Democrats, Republicans, and Independents — will continue to struggle under the broken status quo.
It’s up to us to show Congress that those loudly opposing reform are a tiny minority being stirred up by special interests, and that a huge majority strongly supports enacting real health insurance reform in 2009.
Your representative, Eleanor Norton, has been fighting hard for real health insurance reform. Can you call the local office in Washington? Let the person who answers know that you’re a constituent. Then tell them: “Thanks for working to enact real health insurance reform this year. Voters like me support your efforts.”
According to our records, you live in District of Columbia’s At-Large congressional district. Please call:
Rep. Eleanor Norton at 202-678-8900.
Once you’ve made your call, click here to report it.
(Not your representative? Click here to look yours up.)
Calling should only take a few minutes, but it’s a huge help. These local offices serve as the main connection between a member of Congress and voters in the district. And with representatives home on recess, the staff there are in daily contact with your member, keeping them updated on how many calls they receive that are for or against reform.
Once you’ve called, please tell us. Knowing how many calls are coming in from all around the country will help us better plan our campaign — and help us show that the American people overwhelmingly want health insurance reform this year. Let us know you called:
Organizing for America