Consumer protection is certainly a worthy cause, but the Better Business Bureau of metro Atlanta may want to work on its timing.
Just in time for his fundraising visit to downtown Atlanta today, the BBB has issued a warning about a new scam “claiming President Obama will pay your utility bills through a new federal program.”
Consumers have been contacted in person and through fliers, social media and text messages with claims that President Obama is providing credits or applying payments to utility bills.
To receive the money, scammers claim they need the consumers’ social security and bank routing numbers. In return, customers are given a phony bank routing number that will supposedly pay their utility bills. In reality, there is no money and customers believe they have paid their bills when in fact they have not.
However, campaign contributions of any amount can be walked over to the Westin Peachtree Plaza this afternoon.
Politico.com reports that a two-day swing through four states, which started Monday with a cash bash in Boston, and wraps in Atlanta and Miami today, could net President Barack Obama more than $5.5 million.
Georgia GOP chairman Sue Everhart declared this morning that she would prefer for the president to forego all this fundraising nonsense – just like her man Mitt Romney. From her welcoming remarks for Obama:
“Barack Obama’s latest fundraising jaunt through Atlanta shows yet again just how out of touch he is with the people of Georgia. Instead of focusing on his role as President of the United States of America, the Campaigner-in-Chief has opted time after time to rub elbows with Hollywood celebrities and deep-pocketed donors.”
In the ABC News clip below, Herman Cain, the former Republican presidential candidate and future radio star, said that if he had to do it all over again, he would have “better prepared my family for the dirt” flung in political contests.
He also had some advice for the fellow who beat him: “What Governor Romney has to do is to be bolder with his proposals.” Watch it here:
Eric Robertson, the political director for Teamsters Local 728, reports that his union is currently in the process of making candidate endorsements for the July 31 primaries.
More importantly, Robertson said union members intend to back a few Republicans who supported their successful effort to kill SB 469 this year. The measure would have banned union picketing – but only union picketing – at individual residences, and would have required employees to certify a dues check-off every year.
The problem for Teamsters is that, in a GOP primary, a union endorsement – and the campaign contributions that come with it — can do more harm than good to a candidate. And so, rather than writing a check from its PAC, the union may encourage members to make individual campaign contributions to specific Republican lawmakers.
The Georgia Voice reports that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed will sit down Wednesday with local LGBT activists to discuss same-sex marriage:
Charlie Stadtlander, who started a Facebook page titled, “Mayor Reed, It’s Time to Evolve on Marriage Equality,” said the mayor recently agreed to the meeting. The mayor will be meeting with Stadtlander; state House candidate Ken Britt; Lawrie Demorest of Alston & Bird; Pastor Dennis Meredith of Tabernacle Baptist Church; and attorney Doug Brooks, who is married and has children.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider