October 17th, 2013
02:31 PM ET
1 year ago

Drunk dialing Congress lives on past shutdown

(CNN) - The partial federal government shutdown may be over but as of Thursday, the drunk dialing is just beginning.

The creators of DrunkDialCongress.Org said in a statement that the service would continue, facilitating the inebriated and sober to call their Congressional representative to thank them for ending the shutdown and press for action on other issues facing the country.

In one of the more bizarre footnotes to the 16-day shutdown, DC-based progressive digital agency Revolution Messaging originally created the website where individuals could enter their phone number online to "drunk dial." The individual would then receive an automated phone call that would connect them to a random member of Congress, encouraging the caller to express their ire at the partisan brinksmanship fueling the saga.

"Drinks are not essential. But they help," DrunkDial said in the statement Thursday.

Site developers claim more than 100,000 phone calls to members of Congress were facilitated and more are coming.

"Our team is proud, once again, to donate our calling technology via DrunkDialCongress.org and help Americans communicate with elected officials who are supposedly working for us," Scott Goodstein, Revolution Messaging's founder and chief executive, said in the statement.

"Our hope is that these calls will remind Members that their job is to solve problems, not create unnecessary new ones that just piss us off."

Now, callers enter in their zip code in order to be connected with their own member of Congress.

To empower the calls, DrunkDial, which is a progressive website, offers several cocktail recipes under names like "The Legislative-Ade," "The Fancy Statesman" and "The Sleepy Senator." Also included among the cocktails is "The Poor Intern," a drink that comes with an asterisk saying "Thanks to all the staffers that answered our calls and told your bosses!"

"Everyone at Revolution Messaging has been thrilled by the number of people interested in drunk dialing Congress," Goodstein said in the statement.

"As was our hope all along, what started as a funny idea in office became a way to engage a new breed of activists. We hope people continue to use this site as a way to stay engaged."


Filed under: Government Shutdown
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Bubba

    All of the politicians in congress are LIARS. Everyone of them declare when they run for office they want to serve the American people and make our country better. Can anyone prove to me that is what they recently did to the USA?

    October 17, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. Thomas

    Ted Cruz / Marco Rubio 2016

    Don't Tread On US !

    October 17, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Moonshine country seems to drunk vote congress, so why not?

    October 17, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Bubba

    All of the politicians in congress are LIARS. Everyone of them declare when they run for office they want to serve the American people and make our country better. Can anyone prove to me that is what they recently did to the USA?
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    It is more formally called double-speak. Some call it spin. The worst and most dishonest of the crowd are the ones who refuse to acknowledge that the bill that was finally signed is *fiscally identical* to the one that's been sitting on John Boehner's desk since Sept. 30. They would be the guilty party "who stood up for their principles."

    October 17, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    Ted Cruz is a man-Sarah Palin, Marco Rubio is mam Michelle Bachman. Enough? True.

    October 17, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. pk

    What a completely asinine idea. Grow up.

    October 17, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Hey Rubio , Scott , radel and the rest of the Florida leslature , your out in your next elections , even your stupid base won't vote for you teabag losers, the GOP IS the garbage of America and teabag bums, buy some new clothes and welcome to obamaromney care!!!!

    October 17, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. Wake up People!

    My bad. I thought this was an article about Boehner. I'll be the first to admit. I saw the words drunk and Congress and Boehner leaped into my mind.

    October 17, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Considering it was reported some of Congress were actually drinking on the House floor during the debates and
    some went to bars, only to return smelling like a distillary, maybe some of the "Drunk Dialers" got to talk to some
    drunk congressperson.

    October 17, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. rs

    Bubba

    All of the politicians in congress are LIARS. Everyone of them declare when they run for office they want to serve the American people and make our country better. Can anyone prove to me that is what they recently did to the USA?
    _______________________________
    Well, B, the deal such as it was was far better thing than the disaster of defaulting on America's financial obligations, triggering another recession here- if not one for the rest of the world. Using that scale, and looking at our politicians, I'd put forward that whatever one thinks of the Democrats- they didn't take the government hostage, they didn't threaten the economic recovery of the U.S., they didn't send about a million people into unemployment. No, that was the GOP. The GOP knew they couldn't win this gig, yet they did it anyway hurting thousands of federal emplyees, small businesses and their employees and running up a $24-26 billion tab- all in the name of "saving the economy".
    When you have the GOP, who needs the Taliban or Al Qaeda, eh?

    October 17, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |