Your morning jolt: As president visits, BBB warns against ‘Obama scam’

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.”

From the BBB website:

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.

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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.”

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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:

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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.

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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

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111 comments Add your comment

Newtewt.

June 26th, 2012
9:49 am

According to Herman Cain, if you just shout louder something that is inaccurate, deceitful and outright wrong, then it MUST be right! Yep…he’s tailor-made to take over for Bilious Puke-His-Guts-Out-Daily Neil Boortz.

Road Scholar

June 26th, 2012
9:50 am

Miss Everhart: Just turn off Romney’s spigot of fundraising and PAC donations and not have him campaign at all. That will level the playing field for this years election based on your stupid comments. And who is Romney “hanging” with….janitors, homeless, and the poor? Maybe using the term “hanging” is improper…esp since Romney hasn’t shown he has a pair!

bob

June 26th, 2012
9:50 am

The funny thing is, this sounds like a program that Obama would create

Tom

June 26th, 2012
9:54 am

I was warning people about the ‘Obama scam’ before it even got elected.

WOW

June 26th, 2012
10:02 am

Sounds like Sue is mad that she didn’t get invited out to Utah for the weekend….

DannyX

June 26th, 2012
10:03 am

Sue Neverhart, like all Republicans in Georgia are suffering from Bush Advanced Dementia Syndrome, BADS. This horrible disease wipes the memory clean of those God awful Bush years. Poor things, if they didn’t have those bad memories erased they would remember George W Bush making numerous trips to Georgia, mainly Cobb County, during his reelection campaign. Yep, Commander in Chief Bush was busy campaigning instead of tending to his botched up war in Iraq.

Republicans if you are suffering from BADS get help! A memory is a terrible thing to waste!

bdawg

June 26th, 2012
10:08 am

what is the program called hope and change ??? it has scamed billions so far and they have not stop them yet.. pity…

Drudge

June 26th, 2012
10:09 am

The whole presidency is a scam – this is actually the nicest thing being done to citizens right now…

Mark

June 26th, 2012
10:09 am

Obama 2012!!!

Obyebye

June 26th, 2012
10:23 am

I’ll be glad to pay your bills on time for you. Just send me half the money you now pay for utilities and I’ll take care of the rest. Send your money and copy of bills to: P.O. Box OU812, Usodumb, Pennsylvania 22222

DJ Sniper

June 26th, 2012
10:29 am

Danny, don’t forget about ODS (Obama Derangement Syndrome). It causes people to believe that our POTUS is a Communist Socialist Marxist Muslim black man who scammed his way into the White House and is now planning on abolishing the Second Amendment.

Default Settings 2.0

June 26th, 2012
10:36 am

Mitt McCain 2008!

tardawg

June 26th, 2012
10:37 am

DannyX maybe your memory is bad also you know GOTCHA Get Over The Clinton Horrible Administration, borrows money and uses bonds to balance a budget puts it on other administrations to fix and we had Bin Laden under his watch he said don’t worry about him, so Clinton would have worried about Laden there probably is no wars. How does it fell to be gotten?

wellabovenormal

June 26th, 2012
10:40 am

Dow down 25% under Bush. Dow up 58% under Obama. Obama – a candidate that even (what’s left of) the middle class can endorse. Of course, in Georgia most of my peers are too concerned about what they hear on talk radio to figure that out.

Marlboro Man

June 26th, 2012
10:40 am

Cain is much like John Edwards in some characteristics and both put ego ahead of reality.

terry

June 26th, 2012
10:42 am

The President is w/o a doubt the most divisive person we have ever had in office. He is Balkanizing this country like no one could ever.
He pits Americans against each other. Rich against poor, Black against white, natives against immigrant, labor against management, union against nonunion, wall st vs main st, lgbt against straight, men against women – every day there’s more and it’s unrelenting. It is so tiring and I am worn out by his hate of certain groups.

Marlboro Man

June 26th, 2012
10:47 am

And Romney is the best the republicans can do ? Come on, if he loses he will be thrown from the bus, run over by the bus, back up and run over again. Not the best choice.

RCB

June 26th, 2012
10:51 am

Mayor Reed, I’d be interested in hearing the results of that “talk.”

Obama #1

June 26th, 2012
10:57 am

Obama paying your bills for folks with federal money ?!?! For a scam to work there has to be a thread of truth….2 years of unemployment pay for the lazy….seems like “he” is paying plenty of bills for some folks….

James

June 26th, 2012
10:58 am

Obama spoke on his economic program for fifty five minutes at a community college in Ohio. His speech was billed as the foundation for his economic program. In the speech he did not utter the words capital human, intellectual or financial) or liberty. He used the word “plan” 13 times. The thrust of his speech was an economy driven by the middle class. There is only one economic philosopy on the planet that beleives that economic growth is drive by class.

Marxism.

Is Obama a marxist? I don’t know.

He dang sure is not a captalist. He seems to have little understanding or support for the free market.

I suspect he is a lawyer who is parroting the economic ideas of his elitist professors, who are marxists at heart.

james

June 26th, 2012
10:58 am

Typical Obama coming to ATL to hang with Hollywood types like
Tyler Perry… I hope Obama is heading back to Chicago in January.
I agree with Terry and history will show Obama as the worst President for
business, jobs, etc since WWII…. Hopefully the Independents like myself
will see through all this BS and make a change… Mitt is better then 4 more
years of this clown… And if Mitt does nothing vote him out in 2016….

ricardus

June 26th, 2012
10:59 am

Atlanta reidents: take heed. This time I am voting for the AMERICAN! How about you?

td

June 26th, 2012
11:00 am

terry

June 26th, 2012
10:42 am

“The President is w/o a doubt the most divisive person we have ever had in office.”

This is the only way he can possibly win re election because of his glaring lack of leadership ability.

One only has to look at the healthcare debate to see his lack of leadership. As a Constitutional lawyer, he either had to know the individual mandate was unconstitutional and did not have the leadership ability to stop the Dems in Congress from putting it in the bill or he intentionally sabotaged the healthcare legislation and set it up to fail and with it his administration.

DannyX

June 26th, 2012
11:04 am

I am going to set up a few scams of my own. Please give.

“Bankruptcy Fund for Deal.” The BFD will solicit donations to help get our governor out of bankruptcy.

“”I Could Never Pay It Back” Pay Back Fund,” will collect donations to pay back the $2 million Chip Rogers/Tom Graves no collateral loan.

“Ball Four Walk for Utilities,” will be a pledge walk to help pay Don Balfour’s utilities at his Atlanta condo.

“BADS/ODS Search for a Cure Fund,” well help fund research for Republican maniac diseases.

And of course the “Deficits Matter Fund,” which will finally fund socialist Medicare Part D, the Iraq war, the war in Afghanistan, the Dept of Homeland Security and the Bush tax cuts.

Please give today.

Class of '98

June 26th, 2012
11:08 am

Obama will pay your bills? Democrats are so stupid.

HelluvaEngineer

June 26th, 2012
11:10 am

Per ‘terry’,
“He is Balkanizing this country like no one could ever.” (except maybe the Greeks, the Turks, and the Albanians.)
He pits Americans against each other… natives against immigrant…” So what American Indian or Alaska Native tribe are your ancestors from?

Stop....Just Stop

June 26th, 2012
11:14 am

Terry,

Really? Because I could have sworn it was Boortz who this morning said that blacks only give to Obama because of race and that they would be the only group at his Atlanta fund-raiser , that donors to his campaign in Miami would only be rappers and that anyone who supported his is an advocate of the destruction of America. And I think it was Rush who said that the only people who support Obama are the uninformed, the dependent class, blacks and the stupid. And Hannity who beats the drum beat daily about how the supporters of the President don’t have the intelligence to think for themselves and are mostly bought off by welfare.

The Tea Party sat by and let the GOP spend like bad drunks but within days of Obama’s elections we had Fox News covering Tea Party rally on the streets outside of the Gold Dome. The same crowd who questioned the patriotism of any dissent during the Bush years have rescinded that “rule” so that they can call the President a socialist, a Marxist, a fascist, a foreigner, a muslim, none of which are remotely true.

If you want to know who’s dividing this country look to the entertainers posing as “pundits” and the people who accept every word they say as gospel without a modicum of critical analysis.

Boortz

June 26th, 2012
11:20 am

Neal Boortz for the first time royally ticked me off this morning. I have been listening to him for quite some time and the light finally dawned on me. He is another talking head as an entertainer….of course he has always said he is. However when you start having to resort to using lines and conservative commentary which is Barack Kardashian Obama….which is what Rush Limbaugh calls him it is downright disgusting and sick. First of all the phrase was coined by Rush….quit using Rush’s line and claiming the high proverbial ground. I don’t like Obama either but stop the talking points there is none. Romney or Obama are horrible picks as President…but namecalling on both sides just need to stop.

Stop....Just Stop

June 26th, 2012
11:21 am

After reading my comment I’ll add some balance.

Wasn’t it Ed Schultz who called Laura Ingraham a slut? Wasn’t there a buy on at night who used to refer to President Bush and his family as the “Bush Crime Family”? (If anyone can remember that guys name I’d appreciate the mental push).

Admittedly there are fewer examples on the left as their are fewer left outlets like talk radio, but my point was supposed to be that we have become a nation of non-critical parrots. We accept the outright lies from these gas bags without a moments of thought.

I was just so pissed at what Boortz said this morning that it came out rather uneven. No matter how strong your disagreement with someone it just is unseemly to accuse them of working for the destruction of the Country. And the scary part is the people who agree without thinking it through.

td

June 26th, 2012
11:25 am

Shouldn’t all you Libs be down at Hartsville right now worshiping at the feet of the messiah and chief?

Baron Dekalb

June 26th, 2012
11:26 am

Terry–I disagree that Obama is the most divisive president we have ever had. Andrew Jackson, for instance, supported slavery and supervised the ethnic cleansing of Native Americans from the Eastern Seaboard. That’s what I would call divisive. signed, Baron Dekalb

Baron Dekalb

June 26th, 2012
11:31 am

TD–I am currently circling the Atlanta aerodrome in my biplane. When I am permitted to land I will request an audience with President Obama and present your grievances to him. Regards, Baron Dekalb

jon zealy

June 26th, 2012
11:33 am

This is a great scam. Praying on the Obamabots stupidity…which goes without saying….Freebee’s!!!! and the fools fall in line. I think this is a great public service.

jon zealy

June 26th, 2012
11:35 am

Stop- just stop. No offense. But you’re a fcking moonbat!

jon zealy

June 26th, 2012
11:37 am

DJ Sniper

June 26th, 2012
10:29 am
Danny, don’t forget about ODS (Obama Derangement Syndrome). It causes people to believe that our POTUS is a Communist Socialist Marxist Muslim black man who scammed his way into the White House and is now planning on abolishing the Second Amendment.

What’s not true here? Seems that per usual the stupid don’t even know who their man really is…as long as he shares “his stash” wit dim. Leeches.

SpareMe

June 26th, 2012
11:39 am

@Terry.

You only need to go back to the 1990’s, 80s, 70s, 60s, 50s, 40, 30s, oh to say the early 1500’s to see just HOW LONG Whites have been pitted against Blacks (which is the correct statement, because it has ALWAYS been Whites against Blacks. Blacks have only been reactive to it), “Natives” (Americans that is) have been tucked away on reservations long before we were alive. By the way, unless you are one of them it is YOU and YOUR FAMILY who is the “immigrant”. We do all that get your perspective is skewed though. You just do not know any better. I was merely a baby when women were pushing the ERA, so hogwash about the “men against women” thing. You have never needed Obama’s help for that, as we have always been pigs toward women. Uh…the gay thing. Same stigmas today as 40, 50+ years ago – more BS. Why do I even waste my time? Yeah.. you’d love to make Obama out to be the hater. You just cannot stand the mirror he has raised so that the U.S. can have a good look and behold itself in all its racist, sexist, classist, and everything else’ist “glory”.

Stop....Just Stop

June 26th, 2012
11:48 am

zealy,

I was going to ask you to explain how you came to that conclusion and then I read your comment to DJSniper and realized that it is still summer and the 10 year olds are out of school playing on Mommy’s iPad.

Run along junior, the adults are talking.

DJ Sniper

June 26th, 2012
12:09 pm

Obama is not divisive. It’s the current political climate of this country that’s causing so much division.

I’ll agree that I don’t like every decision that Obama has made, but it’s hard to really run this country when the main goal of the GOP is to make you a 1 term president instead of trying to move the country forward. Anybody who can’t or won’t acknowledge the instransigence of the GOP is just blind.

Don't Tread

June 26th, 2012
12:14 pm

“I was warning people about the ‘Obama scam’ before it even got elected.” – That’s funny. I was too.

I also said thet anyone willing to seal records such as college transcripts, etc. will hide other, more incriminating items once elected. And I was right.

But hey, those who think Obama’s gonna pay their way through life deserve to get scammed. I’m sure the social security numbers will come in handy for all those illegals he wants to keep here.

td

June 26th, 2012
12:14 pm

DJ Sniper

June 26th, 2012
12:09 pm

Obama is not divisive. It’s the current political climate of this country that’s causing so much division.

I’ll agree that I don’t like every decision that Obama has made, but it’s hard to really run this country when the main goal of the GOP is to make you a 1 term president instead of trying to move the country forward. Anybody who can’t or won’t acknowledge the instransigence of the GOP is just blind.

Anyone that will not acknowledge that this is the case with whatever political party holds the WH and the opposite party in congress is a fool. Both sides always do not want a President from the other party to have a second term. It is foolish to think otherwise.

SpareMe

June 26th, 2012
12:17 pm

“It’s the current political climate of this country that’s causing so much division. ”

The funny thing is…this began to occur JUST IMMEDIATELY as the man was re-elected. The Tea Party protests kicked off within a couple of weeks of his taking the oath of office and before a SINGLE policy of his put into place. For all you doubters we can pull up the video footage. Of course, we all know now that the meeting was confirmed to have taken place the night of the inauguration to discuss the details of essentially sabotaging his presidency.

SpareMe

June 26th, 2012
12:19 pm

And I meant to say ELECTED. But then again, it will likely be applicable come Nov 2012..

WOW

June 26th, 2012
12:21 pm

Anyone that will not acknowledge that this is the case with whatever political party holds the WH and the opposite party in congress is a fool. Both sides always do not want a President from the other party to have a second term. It is foolish to think otherwise.

You are correct, there just used to be a more civilized way to go about it and BOTH sides contribute to it.

JustSoFunny

June 26th, 2012
12:23 pm

Obama as a president is a scam. As was bush. Both are losers who cared nothing about America, the business of America, of the future of America. Obama has made many bad decisions, and is not intelligent enough to understand how to run the nation of America. Bush was equally as stupid. What we have are the lowest of the low running for office today, and we, the public, accept this.

Kris

June 26th, 2012
12:24 pm

Welcome To Atlanta President Obama!

All I have to say is that GA. (gop and swing deal) have the best pocket lining SCAM going, they call it t-spLOST.

Hell NO on t-spLOST

Hell YES OBAMA 2012

WOW

June 26th, 2012
12:30 pm

@ Justsofunny

Well why did both waste their time and energy to be President? To think that anyone would go through the crap these guys do to become President for anything but love of country is pretty silly. They could have easily taken private sector jobs making more money and having much less stress.

SpareMe

June 26th, 2012
12:37 pm

@Wow.

Now don’t you go asking those tough, sensible questions. LOL!

td

June 26th, 2012
12:41 pm

WOW

June 26th, 2012
12:21 pm

Anyone that will not acknowledge that this is the case with whatever political party holds the WH and the opposite party in congress is a fool. Both sides always do not want a President from the other party to have a second term. It is foolish to think otherwise.

You are correct, there just used to be a more civilized way to go about it and BOTH sides contribute to it.

And one could say that the civilized ways were thrown out the window by 1: Obama telling the Republicans it was their time to get in the back of the bus. 2: Obama’s serious lack of leadership ability.

DJ Sniper

June 26th, 2012
12:46 pm

TD, stop with the semantics. You know good and well that today’s GOP is willing to let this country go to hell on an express elevator, all in the name of not having Obama serve a second term. What really grates my nerves is the sheer volume of lies and bulls**t that they put out there for their constituents. They know that a good chunk of them aren’t smart enough to do their own research, so they continue to parrot this stuff until people actually believe it.

Carole

June 26th, 2012
12:51 pm

Herman Cain would have been the Comedian-in-Chief. He would have prepared his family for the dirt. Uh, if there is no dirt, no preparation needed. He didn’t expect to get as far as he did, so he nor his team was prepared for the dirt. They really should have been. As for most divisive President, Obama may be, but not because of his own doing. Yeah, I’m going to say it–it’s because he’s black.

In my heart of hearts I believe the white GOP power structure has been ticked off since Nov. 2008 that somehow a black man who hadn’t “paid his dues.” was elected POTUS. The GOP is funny that way. Ask Ann Romney who said, it’s our time. They are all about you putting in the time and proving to the Party just how loyal you are. So in their minds you not only have a novice, but a black one at that running the country. But they have no intentions of letting that happen again.

The Plan, make his life and those of the American people hell for the next four years. Make them regret voting for this man, and they will never do it again because see what happens when you do. They absolutely cannot afford for Obama to win again. That doesn’t work into their perception that his election was merely a fluke. That they were not guarded enough. They expected to be running against Hilary. It was easy to run McCain against her. He would probably win hands down. But this time they will be ready for Obama. I suspect that many will probably have to be tranquilized or hospitalized if Obama wins a second term.