A group calling itself "Women of the 99%" has been illegally robo-calling voters across the United States in an effort to tie Republican members of the House of Representatives to the Rush Limbaugh "slut" controversy.
The calls are illegal both because there is no provided callback number, as required by the Consumer Protection Act of 1991, and because there is no known group called "Women of the 99%."
According to The Daily Mail:
A call left on the answering machine of Paula Bolyard of Doylestown, Ohio yesterday stated: 'Hello, this is a message from Women of the 99 Percent. Congressman Jim Renacci is condoning the war on women led by Rush Limbaugh, who has become the de facto leader of the Republican party.
'Call Congressman Renacci at 330-489-4414 and ask him why he remains silent while Republican spokesman Rush Limbaugh insults, degrades, and verbally abuses women. Tell Congressman Renacci that it’s just plain shameful that he that he allows Rush Limbaugh’s behavior to continue. We are the Women of the 99 Percent and we won’t be silent anymore.'
Similar calls were reported in the districts of Maryland Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, Michigan Rep. Dan Benishek, Illinois Reps Judy Biggert, Tim Johnson, and Bobby Schilling, and Virginia Rep. Scott Rigell, prompting hundreds of angry phone calls to Representatives.
Rush Limbaugh has apologized to Sandra Fluke for calling her a "slut" and a "prostitute" after she spoke in favor of mandated coverage of contraception, saying, “I do not think she is either of those two words. I did not think last week she was either of those two words.” Rush has been widely denounced by politicians on both sides of the aisle, but that doesn't stop Democrats from taking full advantage of the situation.
David Axelrod is reported to have said that Mitt Romney failed a "test of leadership" amidst the controversy, saying,“If you don’t have the strength to stand up to the most strident voices in your party, how will you stand up to Ahmadinejad?”
Furthermore, the DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee) has begun a petition accusing Republicans of launching an "all-out war on women," saying that they "are trying to silence women who stand against their radical agenda." It continues, "We saw top Republican leaders squirm at denouncing or even criticizing Rush Limbaugh after he called women's health care advocate Sandra Fluke a 'slut' and a 'prostitute' on his radio show."
There are some, however, who are very uncomfortable with the controversy and the robo-calls, and refuse to be riled into calling their Representatives. One Michigan blogger called "Corinthian Scales" said the calls were a "wildly outrageous accusation to make by an unidentified 'group' who, by the way, is now intruding into the privacy of my home...no number shows on the caller ID, and *69 only prompts the phone company's recorded message that they are unable to determine the phone number used."
Hear a recording of the actual call, below:
(H/T: The Gateway Pundit)