Friday, October 20, 2006

Urgent info from the Walz campaign

We’ve received numerous complaints in the last two days from citizens across the 1st District. Paid telemarketers are making blatantly false accusations about Tim Walz’s position on taxes.

Many times these callers do not identify themselves at all. They are often pushy and frightening, especially to some of our elderly voters. Sometimes the telemarketers have identified themselves as being from groups such as the NRCC, RNC, and Republicans for Gutknecht.

Know your rights when it comes to calls like these:

1. You have the right to hang up!

2. You have the right to know who is calling and what organization they are with.

3. You have the right to insist that they remove you from their call list.

4. You have the right to ask questions about the source of the information they claim to provide.

If you receive a suspicious call, you may be able to record it by hitting the “record” button on your answering machine. If you choose to do so, you should inform the caller that you are recording the call. Providing these recordings to the Walz campaign will help us shed light on the effort to smear Tim Walz.


Know your facts!

The non-partisan, non-profit organization Project Vote Smart condemned Gil Gutknecht this week for distorting Tim’s position on taxes in his advertisements. In its statement to the press, Project Vote Smart said,

“Gil Gutknecht, a candidate for the 1st Congressional District in Minnesota, has attacked his opponent, Timothy Walz, with misleading information and used Project Vote Smart’s name to give his accusations credibility. This kind of negative campaign activity is precisely the sort of tactic that the Project attempts to counter with its factual database. By using the Project’s name to give credibility to these attacks, Gil Gutknecht is cheating the public out of their need for trusted, abundant, accurate, factual information.

“The Project prohibits the use of its name and programs, including the National Political Awareness Test (NPAT), in partisan political advertising. All candidates in Minnesota have been notified of this policy in writing. Additionally, this policy is posted prominently on the Project Vote Smart website.

This kind of behavior occurs in less that 00.05 percent of all races nationally. It is our policy to condemn this misuse of Project Vote Smart’s name and reputation and to alert the public to any misuse of our name or programs for negative political activities.”

Click here to read the truth about Tim’s position on taxes:
http://www.timwalz.org/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC=%7bF4087AC5-328C-4413-893C-AA89215E9960%7d&DE=%7bB3A2CEAF-7612-4BCC-800F-67D1768FD3A4%7d

Prepared and paid for by Tim Walz for U.S. Congress. http://www.timwalz.org/

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