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October 10, 2012

Progressive Change Campaign Committee to Make One Million Phone Calls

By Brittany Walters-Bearden, TMCnet Contributor

According to The Huffington Post (News - Alert), voters around the country may be receiving a phone call from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. The committee announced Tuesday that they would be launching a voter outreach program that will contact one million American households, bringing them the campaign messages of progressive Senate and House candidates.

Appropriately, the name of their phone campaign is “Call out the Vote”. Some of their top priorities include unseating Paul Ryan in Wisconsin, bolstering Elizabeth Warren’s campaign in Massachusetts and Alan Grayson’s campaign in Florida, as well as working on getting Tammy Baldwin re-elected in Wisconsin and Sherrod Brown in Ohio. The group has what The Huffington Post characterizes as a “contentious” relationship with President Obama, so he will benefit from their efforts (except, of course, indirectly, should both the Democratic candidates they represent and Obama get elected).

Although all of the attention has been going to the ongoing Romney vs. Obama election, PCCC’s focus on the Senate and the House is one that voters will be likely to see more of for the next month. With many people surmising that what happens to Congress in this election is more important than what happens to the White House, this program is one with immense potential impact.

The campaign will be headquartered in Virginia with paid call center employees. They will also be receiving the help of thousands of volunteers nationwide who want to impact the election in favor of the PCCC.

According to Representative Alan Grayson, one of the beneficiaries of the campaign, “Political consultants spend billions of dollars trying to dazzle voters with arresting images and sounds, but that’s not what changes minds. What changes minds is what voters crave: human contact, one soul brushing up against another, a voice with a brain attached to it.” Inevitably, someone will burst their bubble when they realize that no one craves contact from telemarketers of any kind—even if they are really passionate about a cause—and that in the days of call screening, many of the calls will go directly to voicemail.

Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli
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