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Congress Toll Free Number??????
self | 09/08/2009 | elephant

Posted on 09/08/2009 6:17:15 AM PDT by elephant

I just called the Congressional toll free number: 800-828-0498 and the first thing that I heard was a recorded message urging the caller to contact their Congress Critter to ask them to pass health care reform bill. I then received the operator and asked her about the message. I was advised that the message was paid for by lobbyist. Is this supposed to be done with our tax payer money?


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1 posted on 09/08/2009 6:17:16 AM PDT by elephant
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To: elephant

If a lobbyist paid for it, then its not taxpayer money. A better question is why is the toll free number meant to support the entire United States Congress being used to advance the political agenda of the majority party?


2 posted on 09/08/2009 6:19:31 AM PDT by centurion316
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To: centurion316

Thank you for the correction! Yes, that is my question.


3 posted on 09/08/2009 6:21:29 AM PDT by elephant
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To: elephant
Unbelievable. I just called and got the same message. The operator was really rude when I asked why that was on there.

Please call and ask why this is happening on a gov’t switchboard.

4 posted on 09/08/2009 6:23:14 AM PDT by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: ishabibble
I'm not sure that the "800" number is the official number for the US Congress. A quick "google" search seems to indicate a lot of advocacy groups use that number. The home page for the United States Congress just lists a pair of 202 numbers:
111th Congress, 1st Session
Washington, DC 20515 | (202) 224-3121 | TTY: (202) 225-1904
5 posted on 09/08/2009 6:30:25 AM PDT by garyb
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To: centurion316

“A better question is why is the toll free number meant to support the entire United States Congress being used to advance the political agenda of the majority party?”

AMEN...We need to make some noise on this!!


6 posted on 09/08/2009 6:32:02 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified DeCartes))
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To: elephant
800-828-0498

I think that is a lobbyist's phone number that they use to look up the proper Rep. or Senator and forward the call. It got out as a general Congressional phone number, which it is not. I don't think Congress has ever had a toll free phone number.

7 posted on 09/08/2009 6:32:20 AM PDT by KarlInOhio ("I can run wild for six months ...after that, I have no expectation of success" - Admiral Obama-moto)
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To: ishabibble

spend the lobbyists money and call every single congress dupe that you can and ask them about why obama put through Van Jones when he didn’t pass national security clearance...or at least WH counsel had a problem with him.

http://spectator.org/archives/2009/09/08/valerie-jarretts-show


8 posted on 09/08/2009 6:33:37 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: ishabibble

that has to be a violation of law somewhere.


9 posted on 09/08/2009 6:33:42 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: longtermmemmory

I would never believe that America has fallen so low. This is propaganda at it’s best.


10 posted on 09/08/2009 6:43:10 AM PDT by GoreNoMore
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To: elephant

Congress doesn’t have a toll free number. They are all 202 area code. You must have gotten that number through a web site.


11 posted on 09/08/2009 6:46:27 AM PDT by HD1200
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To: elephant

I, too, just called and also heard the pro-health reform message. When I asked who was in charge of the phones, the operator said she didn’t know what message I was talking about and hung up on me.

Called the Office of the Clerk of Congress-very helpful-who said the Sen Sgt at Arms who is in charge of the switchboard.
called there and another very helpful mgr of telecom answered my question.

BOTTOM LINE- Congress has NO toll free numbers.
Anyone can create a toll-free number-insert their message and then transfer to the Congressional switchboard. He told me that there are many toll-free numbers that connect to the switchboard and there is no law which prevents him from blocking them.

I did a search of toll free numbers to the switchboard and found many, sponsored by different groups, so there’s confirmation of part of what he told me.

Now, how do we get a law blocking these calls from being connected?


12 posted on 09/08/2009 6:47:16 AM PDT by Katydidnt (Semper Fidelis from a Proud Marine Mom)
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To: elephant
More than likely, the toll free number that you dialed is actually funded by the lobbyist group.

For my small business, I have a toll free number that I use. That number can be configured to "forward" to any telephone number that I chose. When I'm at home, it rings my home phone. When I go out for the day, I go online and change the forwarding to my cell phone. If I travel out of state, I can keep it on my cell, or if I have a direct number where I'm staying, I can forward it to that number. There's also an option for an "announcement" to be played before the call is forwarded. The service runs me about $3 per month for the first 100 minutes and an additional per minute charge above the 100 minutes.

I'm not aware of a toll free number that is actually funded by the House itself (and therefore a direct number). I have seen several advocacy ads that end with "Call Congress toll free at 8xx-xxx-xxxx and tell them you support/oppose this issue). Those numbers are forwarding number that forward to the 202-224-3121 published number, possibly with an announcement from the group that is actually paying for the call and the toll free number.

Also, it seems that the last time I checked, there were a few congress critters that had their own toll free numbers direct to their own offices. This isn't universal, and it would be paid for out of the individual district's budget for their congressional office(s).

13 posted on 09/08/2009 6:48:35 AM PDT by cc2k (When less than half the voters pay taxes, it's called "taxation without representation.")
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To: Katydidnt

People just need to use their brains.

We don’t need more regulations.

So some clueless person thinks Congress would have a TOLL FREE NUMBER?

Good Lord. And we think we are educated?


14 posted on 09/08/2009 6:48:44 AM PDT by HD1200
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To: Katydidnt

to read later


15 posted on 09/08/2009 6:50:25 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("It is our choices, far more than our abilities, that show us what we truly are. " -- J.K.Rowling)
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To: elephant

Sending this to Drudge...this is unreal


16 posted on 09/08/2009 6:51:55 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: HD1200

Thank you for your kind words.


17 posted on 09/08/2009 6:54:24 AM PDT by elephant
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To: elephant

I have a feeling this is a number bought and paid for by a third party that redirects to the official 202 number.

I can’t find it listed officially on any gov website but it is all over left wing blogs.

http://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Asenate.gov+800-828-0498&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

http://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Ahouse.gov+800-828-0498&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

The one government website reference I found was a statement by the ANA to use this number to call in support.
http://74.125.113.132/search?q=cache:6lKSjb0szxMJ:majorityleader.house.gov/docUploads/CHIP%2520Reauthorization%2520Support%2520Letters%2520and%2520Releases.pdf+site:house.gov+800-828-0498&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-a


18 posted on 09/08/2009 6:54:30 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: elephant

I just did some digging, 800-828-0498 was registered through a 800 service provider company called Kall8 out of Seattle, Washington. This is a small teleco reseller, so I really doubt the government would use them over a major company.

Oddly, this tool says it was registered to a “Best Travel” out of Texas.

http://inter800.com/cgi-bin/kwd800

However, Best Travel Inc’s corporate contact info is.. wait for it.. Chicago.

http://www.besttravel.com/corporate_services.htm


19 posted on 09/08/2009 7:04:16 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: mnehring

Chicago? I would never have guessed it ;)

Nice work!


20 posted on 09/08/2009 7:06:16 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: mnehring

Wow, your good. Thanks for the information.


21 posted on 09/08/2009 7:08:42 AM PDT by elephant
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To: elephant; SE Mom

Just to be fair, I wouldn’t go harassing that Best Travel company. For all we know, that site picked up an old registration record.

What is interesting to me though is that it was registered through that small kall8 company, it doesn’t sound like the kind of company the government would source something that major through.


22 posted on 09/08/2009 7:14:12 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: mnehring

Understood:)


23 posted on 09/08/2009 7:16:11 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Katydidnt
BOTTOM LINE- Congress has NO toll free numbers.

Boy ain't *that* the truth. If anyhting, they'll set up a special tax just to call them.

24 posted on 09/08/2009 7:33:10 AM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: garyb

Thanks for the info!


25 posted on 09/08/2009 7:37:08 AM PDT by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: elephant
I called, and in my best "stoner" imitation, asked to speak to Vance Jones, because I heard he was a Communist and so maybe he was my Senator.

After a pause to look the name up, the woman politely, and I think cluelessly, said there was no Vance Jones listed, and asked my State. I said Chicago. She said Chicago was in Illinois, so I could peak to Durbin or some other guy. I told her, yeah, that's good, because I know Durbin is a Communist, so I could speak to him. She put me through. The woman at Durbin's office answered. I told her I wanted to speak to Senator Durbin, because I was a Communist, and I had some questions for him since he was also a Communist. She said, a little miffed, that Senator Durbin was not a Communist.

Sounding crestfallen, I said, really, I could have sworn he was a Communist. How about that Vance Jones guy, I asked, was he there? No. Because he's a Communist. Long pause.

Well then, how about Obama, he's a Communist, I KNOW he's a Communist, and I really have some questions for a fellow Communist - is he there? Can you put him on? No, SIR, he's at the White House, you'll have to call the White House. Oh, OK. That's great. I call right away so I can talk to our Communist President. Yes that'll be great, talking directly to our Communist President Obama. I thank you for your your time, Maam. I hung up.

Great fun.

26 posted on 09/08/2009 8:10:40 AM PDT by dagogo redux (I never met a Dem yet who didn't understand a slap in the face, or a slug from a .45)
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To: dagogo redux

C I C

communist in chief


27 posted on 09/08/2009 8:22:46 AM PDT by maine yankee
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To: elephant

1-800-828-0498 is not the phone number for congress, but will forward you to an official number for congress.

1-800-828-0498 will give you a message in favor of the Nationalized Healthcare Bill. It then connects with the switchboard of Congress. Such leaves the caller with the impression that someone in Congress has placed the Dem. Lib. Message.

800-828-0498 is a number assigned to a liberal group that has placed a message then has it forwarded to an official Capital Hill number. That group uses the number in their propaganda rather than use the official number for congress.

The number has not been hi-jacked. It simply is designed for the constituency of whatever Dem. Lib. org that pays for it. It is designed to put out their message prior to it going to the Capital Hill switchboard.

That is a great idea. Conservatives should use that idea as well. Buy an 800 number that is easy to remember. Record a conservative message. Have it forward to an official capital hill phone number. Publicize the number across the nation. Make the number a popular number to contact Congress. Every time it is used the caller gets a conservative message.
However to avoid deception the message should conclude with a disclaimer, “This message and call transfer is by ‘Americans for Truth’.”

© September 27, 2009 Roger W Hancock, www.PoetPatriot.com
......................................................

ATTN: The number 800-828-0498 was misrepresented as BEST TRAVEL - they are victims in this as well. DO NOT contact BEST TRAVEL.

The latest information has the number assigned to FAMILIES USA - www.familiesusa.org - I sent an email in protest.
The following emails did not immediately return back invalid:
President@familiesusa.org; Pres@... Read Morefamiliesusa.org; PresidentV@familiesusa.com; PresV@familiesusa.com; wellstonefellowship@familiesusa.org; info@familiesusa.org; rpollack@familiesusa.org; field@familiesusa.org; cparcham@familiesusa.org; villersfellowship@familiesusa.org; lorourke@familiesusa.org; sfogel@familiesusa.org; dmahan@familiesusa.org; dlemmon@familiesusa.org; Aandrews@familiesusa.org; kbailey@familiesusa.org; mbarreca@familiesusa.org; zbendixen@familiesusa.org; kblocher@familiesusa.org; tbostock@familiesusa.org; Ivantuinen@familiesusa.org; ashubert@familiesusa.org; rpollack@familiesusa.org; lparisi@familiesusa.org; lorourke@familiesusa.org; bfisher@familiesusa.org


28 posted on 09/30/2009 9:29:03 AM PDT by PoetPatriot.com
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