Dirty Tricks? Look For Da Union Label
You'll recall the JS deep-breathing about the bogus charge that Wisconsin Right to Life was engaging in voter suppression by offering supporters absentee ballots? Media Trackers comes up with an actual dirty trick, courtesy of the AFL-CIO.
With less than a week before the Republican primary in Senate District 22 (Kenosha, Pleasant Prairie, Burlington), residents in the Kenosha area received an automatic phone survey polling them about issues of importance and who they might support in the August 16th recall election. But when Kenosha resident Nate Hunter listened to his options, he noticed one glaring omission. “When the survey asked ‘who would you support in the August 16 election?’ It said ‘press 1 for Senator Robert Wirch, press 2 for Fred Ekornaas, and press 3 for undecided.’” But Hunter is a supporter of the other Republican candidate, former small-business owner and corporate attorney Jonathan Steitz.
So would a scientific poll really only list two of the three candidates? Would a scientific poll really omit the Republican candidate who has raised more than six times the amount of his Republican counterpart, earned the endorsement of the organizer of the Recall Wirch effort, and is the object of recent attacks from the Democratic Party of Wisconsin?
Hunter said that the automatic survey did not list a disclaimer as to who paid for the call, but only said “for more information go to 2011surveys.com.”
So where did this call originate? The listed number from the call was 202-974-8147. When Media Trackers called the Washington D.C. phone number, we were greeted by this automatic message identifying who was behind the fake survey.
That’s right, the AFL-CIO is calling residents in Senate District 22 with a fake poll that omits the name of the Republican front-runner in an effort to confuse voters. Steitz’s campaign manager Ashley Schultz told Media Trackers “it’s clear that Senator Wirch and his liberal allies are threatened by Steitz.” “Despite the unions efforts to deceive voters, we’re confident that the people of the 22nd District will get out and vote for Steitz in the primary on Tuesday,” said Schultz.
The deceptive survey from the AFL-CIO comes in the wake of allegations by liberal bloggers that Wisconsin Right To Life used automatic calls to confuse and suppress the vote. The allegations were picked up by mainstream media and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel even inquired into the issue, requiring Wisconsin Right To Life to clear up the confusion.