In Georgia, where EFF has spent more than $160,000 on ads against Rep. Jim Marshall (D-GA), similar robo calls have been hitting him on his votes for the "death tax." Marshall spokesman Doug Moore said that the calls continued today.
EFF has also been backing calls in Rep. Alan Mollohan's (D-WV) district, where the group's spent more than $330,000 on ads in the past month. âJust about everybody I talk to has gotten one," said Mollohan spokesman Gerry Griffith. âIâve gotten two personally myself. Thereâs one every day.â
In Iowa, at least two local bloggers got calls from the EFF's phony pollster. Since the calls seem to differ based on the answers given by the respondent, the accounts differ a little, but a rough transcript of the call by one shows that it attacked Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-IA) on a host of conservative key issues like gay marriage, immigration, and abortion.
Here a fact that seems to reveal EFF's strategy this election; the group is targetting races that are not quite tight, but within reach. All of the calls' targets are leading their respective races by about ten points. In Iowa's 3rd, a recent poll showed Boswell leading Republican Jeff Lamberti 52-41; in Indiana's 9th, the most recent number is Hill over incumbent Rep. Sodrel (R) by 53-42; in West Virginia's 1st district, Mollohan leads Republican challenger Chris Wakim 52-42; and in Georgia's 3rd district, the latest polls show Marshall leading by about sixteen points*.
*Update: I'd earlier stated that Marshall was leading by "at least ten." In fact, the only poll available for this election so far (done for the Marshall campaign) shows Marshall up 58-32. However, Republicans clearly think that the seat is in contention, since they (the NRCC) have been making ad buys there.