Sunday, October 19, 2008

To My Oregon Readers

From the Merkley campaign:

National news outlets have widely reported on a smear campaign against Barack Obama and Democrats. The Republican National Committee and the McCain/Palin campaign are sending robocalls across the country that suggest, among other things, that Barack Obama is a terrorist.

While several Republican Senate candidates have already called for these calls to stop, one has not: Gordon Smith.

We may know why. Public campaign finance reports show that Gordon Smith employs the same firm conducting these shady robocalls. Public records show that Gordon Smith has spent nearly $100,000 on FLS Connect to conduct calling on his behalf. In addition, the Oregon Republican Party owes FLS Connect over $40,000.
This robocalling firm is headed up by several former Bush operatives with close ties to Karl Rove. These robocalls are just one of the many things George W. Bush and his lieutenants are doing to re-elect Gordon Smith, who is a reliable supporter of Bush policies.

There have already been news reports of push-polling in Oregon on behalf of Smith. And it was reported this week that Karl Rove is heading up a group that has spent over $2 million helping Gordon Smith. Now we are starting to receive calls from supporters about robocalls attacking Jeff Merkley

We are asking you and our other supporters to report any robocall or push-poll you receive which attacks Jeff Merkley. If you receive such a call, do not hang up the phone. Then, record the time, date, and the message, and call our office at (503) 274-4439 or e-mail the campaign. Please spread the word to your friends and neighbors about these shady tactics.

Together, we can overcome these swift boat tactics and bring Oregon the change it deserves.


Jon Isaacs, Campaign Manager

Jeff Merkley for Oregon

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