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Stockman Requests White House Records After Weak, Suspicious Response to Obama Anti-Gun Campaign

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Congressman Steve Stockman (R-Texas 36) Tuesday sent certified letters to The White House and Organizing for America requesting all documentation on President Barack Obama's anti-gun campaign to determine what, if any, fraudulent or deceptive tactics are being used.

The request comes after Obama issued a national call for Americans to contact their member of Congress using Twitter to demand anti-gun laws. Despite the national call by Obama himself, only 16 members of Congress were contacted. Stockman received only 16 messages, ten of which resemble "spam" messages from computer-generated accounts. Only one could be verified as coming from an actual constituent.

"Not only was the response to President Obama's anti-gun call for action embarrassingly pathetic, it appears to be generated mostly by spammers. Congress deserves to know what, if any, fraudulent or deceptive tactics to influence policy were carried out with White House knowledge. We hope the President will live up to his word on transparency and tell the truth about his deceptive anti-gun campaign," said Stockman.

"For the President himself to issue a call to action and only get 16 responses, only one of which can be verified as an actual constituent, is a massive failure. Not only is he doing as bad job as President, he can't even do a good job community organizing," said Stockman "We get hundreds of real emails, phone calls and letters every day from real constituents who have composed their own messages supporting the civil right to keep and bear arms. I deeply appreciate everyone who takes the time to contact me regardless of their opinion."

"The President exudes weakness. The incumbent President spent $1 billion dollars on his re-election campaign and managed just 51 percent of the vote. Under Obama Democrats have lost four Senate seats and 55 House seats. It's no surprise he got only 16 responses to a national call to action," said Stockman. "He is leading his party into oblivion."

"I'm signed up on Obama's email through three different accounts to three different names. Had I responded to that email I could have posed as three different people," said Senior Communications Adviser Donny Ferguson. "People use the telephone and postcards when they want to communicate with Congress. People use Twitter to troll, scam and sell fake real estate. The choice by Obama to use Twitter instead of methods that can be verified screams desperation and deception."

The letters, which are attached, were sent to White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Organizing for Action Executive Director Jon Carson.


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