Here's a popular CTA we didn't post.

The CTA: Paul Ryan is conducting a phone poll on the ACA (Obamacare), hoping to hear overwhelming popular opposition to it. If you would like to express your support for the Affordable Care Act, call (202) 225-3031.

Press 2 to weigh in on the issue. You'll hear a brief recording about Paul Ryan's proposal to gut the ACA, and President Obama's use of his veto power to stop it. Then, you will have a chance to indicate your opinion with the press of a button. Press 1 if you support Obamacare, 2 if you oppose it.

Why we didn't post: Factually true, but misleading and unlikely to lead to impact. Rep. Paul Ryan's voicemail is organized into categories -- Press 1 to share your opinion on the Second Amendment, 2 to share your opinion on the Affordable Care Act, etc. To us, this seemed more like a way of organizing messages for staffers than a survey seeking public opinion. We also are big fans of former Congressional staffer Emily Ellsworth's Call the Halls Guide, which recommends strongly against calling members of Congress who don't represent you.

The bottom line: we weren't sure about this one, so we weren't sure it was worth your time.


Here's another one.

The CTA: Given the news that Russia meddled in our American election, whether or not with the express purpose of electing Trump, that affects the validity of the election!  I am hoping we can nullify the election results, and postpone the Electoral College vote and inauguration until Congress can act upon determining a valid President-elect. (Delivered to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi)

Why we didn't post it: This one came onto our radar after another CTA site posted it. A quick Google search yielded information that the Electoral College's voting date is a matter of federal law and can't be delayed without changing the law. Later, the site that posted confirmed that this petition didn't originate with Rep. Pelosi.

The bottom line: We Google stuff before we post it. Always.


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