An anonymous organization that says it is a project of “the 99%” has been placing robocalls nationwide urging support for Hillary Clinton to run for president.
The anonymous automated phone calls have been hawking an online petition, RunHillary2012.net, that claims over 1 million signatures in support of Clinton joining the race.
While no specific group has taken credit for the project, the petition text mirrors many of Occupy’s demands, while the “99%” logo on the site references a mantra of the anti-Wall Street movement. The site does not list any contact information.
Still, Occupy itself might not be behind the site. A group of Clinton supporters might be taking advantage of the Occupy movement’s momentum to mount their own campaign utilizing similar rhetoric.
“Hillary Rodham Clinton, you need to run for the Presidency of the United States in 2012,” begins the petition.
“Every poll shows that you would defeat any Republican candidate for president by a wide margin. However, the same polls indicate the opposite if you are not the Democratic nominee,” the petition says.
The online form contends the economy will be the main determining factor in 2012. It criticizes Obama as “Lecturer in Chief,” arguing that “for millions of unemployed Americans, Hope and Change has meant disappointment and the status quo.”
“Mrs. Clinton, America needs a leader and a fighter, someone who can see around corners,” continues the website.
The petition goes on to list major demands of the Occupy movement, including the imposition of the pro-union Employee Free Choice Act, which would establish an efficient system for employees at private companies nationwide to start their own unions.
The site claims that if Clinton had been elected president in 2008:
- The Bush Tax Cuts for millionaires and billionaires would have been eliminated.
- There would have been an official policy to prosecute Wall Street fraud.
- The Senate filibuster rules would have been changed on Day One, so that a right wing clique could not have stalled meaningful investments in job creation.
- A plan to reduce global warming would have passed with investments in upgrading the national electricity transmission grid to deliver wind and solar energy throughout America. And, millions would be employed right now on this critical effort.
- Working men and women would have the protections of the Employee Free Choice Act, and simple card check would be the route to employee representation.
- The 14th Amendment would have been invoked to provide unmistakable assurance that the debts of the United States will always be honored. Our nation’s credit rating would not have been degraded.
- Instead of the cry of Beltway “gridlock” there would be the clarifying call for national progress through strong leadership.
- Instead of academic discussions about “post-partisanship” there would be calls to action. We would not have lost the House in 2010.
Several WND readers reported in recent days receiving robocalls promoting the petition. One such reader was in Philadelphia while another was in New York.
Shaun Dakin, an anti-robocall advocate who runs a website documenting such calls, reports that individuals in both North Carolina and New York told him they also received the pro-Hillary calls.
Dakin runs a group calling itself The National Political Do Not Contact Registry.
Dakin’s site documents similar anonymous robocalls made in recent months that seem to promote Occupy ideology.
One such call was made last month by an anonymous group purportedly supporting Occupy.
“We, the 99%, can make a difference,” the call began, according to Dakin’s report. “Call the White House, Congress, and City Hall. Tell them that liberty and justice for all means breaking up the big banks and jailing the Wall Street con-men.”
The pro-Clinton campaign may not be tied to Occupy at all. It’s possible Clinton supporters are utilizing Occupy ideology to call attention to their own cause.
Last week, Former Jimmy Carter aide Patrick Caddell teamed up with former Clinton pollster Douglas Schoen to publish an editorial in the Wall Street Journal titled “The Hillary Moment” in which they called for Clinton to throw her hat in the ring for the presidency.
On Sunday, the two wrote another piece at Politico.com calling for Democratic voters nationally – particularly in New Hampshire – to organize a write-in campaign for Clinton.