Is This Illegal? You Decide…UPDATED ALREADY: Newsbusters BUSTED!!!


The entry previously posted at this address incorrectly asserted that the Capitol Hill switchboard was being used to promote liberal health insurance legislation. It is not being used for that purpose.

The telephone number referenced in this post originally is owned by a liberal lobbying organization, not the U.S. Capitol switchboard. We regret the error.


Of course they deleted the original message:


This is the main phone line representing ALL of Congress.  I repeat, this is the phone number for ALL of Congress, not an activist’s number to sell Obama, Socialist Democrats and their policies.

While it lasts, try it yourself and you’ll see.  The number is 1-800-828-0498.

Here is the transcript of the message you’ll hear:

Thank you for calling your Representative and your Senators.

Please urge them to vote yes on health insurance reform. Because the American people can no longer wait for more choices, lower costs, and coverage we can count on.

Will ALL of the mainstream media report this? My bet is on ‘NOT’. Time to fire up those e-mails & phone lines tomorrow Patriots!

 More info on the origins of the recording:


September 27, 2009 – 10:21 ET by P.J. Gladnick : The recording is by FamiliesUSA which makes it sound like you have called Capitol Hill by thanking the caller for calling their representative. Then it  automatically forwards the caller to Capitol Hill switchboard. Not sure how ethical that is but recording originates from FamiliesUSA, a pro-ObamaCare organization. No mention in the recorded message about FamiliesUSA at all.

Sounds like impersonation of a Capitol Hill switchboard.

And more from the Examiner:

The United States Capitol does not have a toll free number.  There is only one main number to the Capitol – 202-226-8000.  It can easily be found on their website.  My sources say that there is nothing the Capitol can do about this.  Apparently anyone can use a private number and forward it to wherever they like.  Organizations that are legitimate are posting this number on their sites as if the number is a true number held by the Capitol.  There are over 500,000 hits for that number in Google alone.

FamiliesUSA promotes this number:

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