April 1st, 2010
03:11 PM ET
10 years ago

RNC is tripped up by sex hotline

The Republican National Committee is now facing questions as to why a number on a fundraising mail piece led people to a telephone sex hotline.

The Republican National Committee is now facing questions as to why a number on a fundraising mail piece led people to a telephone sex hotline.

Atlanta (CNN) - Already under fire for picking up the tab at a Los Angeles nightclub where topless dancers mimic sex acts, the Republican National Committee is now facing questions as to why a number on a fundraising mail piece led people to a telephone sex hotline.

It clearly was a mistake, but it couldn't come at a worse time for the RNC, which has faced a barrage of criticism from social conservatives for the nightclub expense.

“We love nasty talk as much as you do," a woman is heard on the other end of the sex hotline. The woman, whose voice is on a recorded message, also welcomes callers as “sexy guy” and says this is an opportunity for them to talk to "students, housewives and working girls from all over the country."

A Minnesota resident received the mailer that asked recipients a series of questions and urged them to donate a minimum of $25 to help Republicans return to power in Washington. The resident gave it to his congressman, who in turn delivered to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The DCCC, the campaign arm for House Democrats, provided a copy of the fundraising letter and a recording of the telephone message to CNN. CNN called the number and it is still active.

RNC spokesman Doug Heye acknowledged that this fundraising letter did go out, but said it was a mistake.

"The number in question was a typographical error by a vendor used on this particular mailer – using 1-800 instead of 202," he said. "As you can see from the attachments, this is an isolated incident and will not be repeated in the future."


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soundoff (162 Responses)
  1. Noneocons

    Must have copied down the wrong speed dial number when sending it to the printer. Dang.

    April 1, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Charlie in Maine

    Oops! April fools.

    April 1, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. Samuel

    Maybe the Republicans are onto something here. If their policies and positions on the issues won't sell, then perhaps sex will. Too bad if the social conservatives get their panties in a bunch.

    April 1, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  4. Russ

    Right, most likely someone in the party had been using the number for personal use and forgot to delete it or gave to publishers of the mailer forgetting what it went to. Mistake all right......I'll bet in the future Republicans will be more careful on what numbers they hand out.

    April 1, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. Ronnie Raygun

    Well, there we go again, we are the party of rightousness, God, family values & hookers, hookahs & hooliganism....we know best who to cal after a night @ a strip clubbe, does Obama>? He has kids, he has no idea about how the real work & people NEEDS are met, we have needs & wants why cant we go to a strip joint, smoke a joint & get my joint worked HUH???

    April 1, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. mike

    That wasn't just any sex hotline, that was karl roves home phone number

    April 1, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. William, from Cali

    "isolated incidents"..........................................March/April fools! or something more cynical happen here!

    April 1, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. T'SAH from Virginia

    It sounds like an INSIDE JOB to get rid of STEELE!!! I have been saying this ever since he took the position – They ONLY want you there in the front – so they can CONTROL you from behind the scenes. Since you are not a "good boy" and you have a mind of your own – you are being 'kicked to the curb'!!

    Come to Democrat country (but not as head of the DNC!!!!)!!!

    April 1, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. Bill

    Well, the Republicans DO love nasty talk.

    April 1, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Did Vitter (D.C. escort scandal), Craig (airport bathroom) , Foley (sex harassment of teenage boys) , Brown (strip club expenses) and Ensign (parents giving $100K check to keep affair quiet) write the mailer by any chance? Republican do what I say, not as I do hypocrisy at its worst.

    April 1, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. Elliott Carlin

    The Repubs better watch it...soon they'll be mistaken for Dims.

    April 1, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. Sgt. USMC

    Are you sure that female voice isn't PALIN?

    “sexy guy”??? Man, they sure want that donor money.

    "students, housewives and working girls from all over the country." Republicans – in touch with the "REAL" America.

    It seems like the repubs have been making a lot of mistakes lately... and by lately I mean for the last 10 years.

    April 1, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. Shawn

    Perverts.

    April 1, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  14. Fed Up

    Instead of being fed up, I am confused.

    Why is the sex-line number given in RNC fundraising literature "clearly" a mistake?

    Perhaps they are just appealing to their constituency.

    Has any reporter checked to see if the owner of the telephone sex line is a Young Eagle donor? Maybe some of the employees are Young Eagles? Does the sex line offer Young Eagle discounts?

    C'mon CNN, do some investigating!!

    April 1, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  15. Navy Vet

    Wow, this mess is a pre-written SNL script.

    April 1, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. Phil

    This happens a lot more than you think. I worked for a phone company and it happened with one of their advertisements. Regardless of it being the RNC or DNC, I still think its pretty funny!

    April 1, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. sam, LITTLETON.CO

    This is the Holier than thou crowd! People have to be real stupid to believe the Right wing talking Heads, they are laughing all the way to the bank!

    April 1, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. Larry

    This just keeps getting better and better.

    April 1, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. Dave

    Hilarious!!!!!!!!!!

    April 1, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  20. Gil Oberdas

    They are only tripped up by the truth which they don't seem to be able to us with the american public!

    April 1, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. Diana

    The hits just keep coming. Republicans sure know how to entertain.
    Wide-footing in the mens room, taking the Apalachia trail, unmarried pregnate daughters, strip clubs, and now this.

    How's the family values thingy working for you?

    April 1, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  22. CHIPS

    And you stupid people wont these people to run the country.

    April 1, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. MikeH

    Mr. Steele grabbed the wrong phone number from his Tomberry.

    April 1, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  24. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Michael Steele is under attack from within in their effort to oust him, just like we knew would happen. The RNC are hoping he will just resign to save face, rather than fire him, that would just be too obvious. I hope when Steele is gone he learns no to align himself with people who use him for one purpose only. Too loose your respect and integrity all in one shot isn't good Mr Steele, but you did it to yourself.

    April 1, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. Texas Doc

    If this is the GOPs way of becoming 'relevant' or 'hip' it is absolutely hilarious. In just one week they have gone from Chicken Little "the sky is falling" to Beavis and Butthead. I like Beavis and Butthead, but I don't want them running my country.

    April 1, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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