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Team Obama seeks volunteers to make phone calls urging people to tell Congress to raise taxes on the rich

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By Doug Powers  •  December 10, 2012 04:39 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Operating under the assumption that Americans are far more likely to take up a cause if they’re interrupted while trying to eat dinner, the Obama campaign is looking for a few good teleObamarketers:

Aiming to bring public pressure on Republicans to back higher taxes for the rich in the “fiscal cliff” fight, the Obama-Biden campaign today began urging supporters to join a local, online phone bank to help the president blast the GOP.

In an email, supporters are directed to a “Call Tool” where they are provided with somebody to call. Included is a telemarketing-style script to read.

A successful effort will then be tabulated on a “leaderboard” of callers.

“Today you will be calling fellow supporters with a message about extending middle-class tax cuts. Your job is to lay out the choice Congress is facing on keeping taxes low for the middle class, and encourage supporters to call their representative. You will be able to provide all the information,” said the memo emblazoned with the Obama-Biden campaign emblem.

A script is provided. Just print it out and tape it to a hand-held mirror — it’ll be like your own personal teleprompter! Here’s a shorter version of the script: “Nice tax rates ya got there… shame if somethin’ were to happen to them.”

After making calls, Obama supporters are then supposed to go back to the website to let the campaign know how the calls went. At that point the supporters will be promptly… hit up for donations. Just the campaign’s little way of saying “thanks for your time.”

(h/t Mary Katharine Ham)

**Written by Doug Powers

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