I've been receiving e-mails of parents receiving robocalls from Stand for Children and A+Washington.
First, I thought it was discounted that these things work. Even when Mayor McGinn calls, I generally don't listen (sorry Mr. Mayor, really busy). Apparently Stand and A+Washington think they work.
Here's two calls (that one person received - note, this person does not even live in Rep. Pettigrew's district so even more annoying):
Hi, this is Ann from Stand For Children. I'm calling to publicly thank your legislator, Representative Eric Pettigrew, for his leadership on education in this year's legislative session. Thanks to Representative Pettigrew, kids in Washington state will have better access to great teachers, and principals will have the flexibility to evaluate teachers on performance and skills, not just seniority. Next time you see Representative Pettigrew, please thank him for his leadership for children this year.
Hi, this is Mary Grace from A-Plus Washington, and I'm so sorry I missed you. We called earlier today to invite you to join our live telephone town hall with your local representative, Eric Pettigrew. We discussed the new law that ensures our students here in Washington have a high quality teacher and principal in every school. We're gonna be having future events, so please visit our website at APlusWashington.org to learn more. Again, that's APlusWashington.org. Thanks so much, and have a great day.
I took the time to look at A+Washington's webpage (and their sister org, Excellent Schools) and guess what? There are no real people at either place. No staff, no contacts, nothing. They do go on about who they represent and yet, there is no one person you could directly connect, by name, to either organization. You can't get much more astro-turf or non-real than that. Basically, both A+ and EXS exist in name only to bring gather a bunch of groups to put on list. (You could also add the "Our Schools" group to that bunch as well. After Monday, I think I'll have yet another new group to add to the list as yes, another one is coming out as well.
I haven't received one of these calls - what about you?