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. MM

    too funny.

    April 1, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. Jeff in DC

    hahahahahahaha. good humor. Just admit it RNC, you've got a sex addiction. It's ok, it happens to the best, just look at Tiger.

    April 1, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. ELIZABETH

    LoL! Micheal Steele is an idiot. They have a nerve to say that President Obama can't run the country, and they can't even run their own committee.

    April 1, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. Al-NY,NY

    boy those GOP'ers are real horn dogs aren't they? USing S&M clubs for donations and now sending people to their po$n hotlines.

    April 1, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  5. Richard

    Is it me or my imagination running amuck? Most of the sex articles concerning politicians, from pedophilia to kinkiness of the tenth power, are covering Republicans? The partyof NO can't figure out how to say no?

    April 1, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. Citizen disgusted with career politicians

    Steele can't avoid staying in the news for all the wrong reasons.
    Instead of embracing true fiscal conservatives, Repugs continue to embrace the worst RNC chairman in history.

    April 1, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. Ben in Texas

    I would consider any piece of fund raising material I received from the RNC to be pornographic, no matter what phone number was written on it.

    April 1, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. Guest

    Do you really wants these incompetent weido's running the country?

    April 1, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  9. Jesus(the Zombie version)

    You can trust Republicans to run the country. I mean despite these reports that have surfaced they are still the party of:

    Morals and Fiscal Responsibilty.

    I mean pay no attention to the fact that they have mismanaged both morals and fiscal resp. I'm sure once they get elected that will all change, right?

    April 1, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  10. Sister

    I smell a Democrat. That's the stuff they're made of.

    April 1, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. key

    I would rather give money to the strip club's than those idiots.

    April 1, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. Tom in Va

    Wow... you couldn't write this stuff!

    I love howtheGOP likes to tout it's "morality" monoply.

    Too funny.

    April 1, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. Michele

    Dumb and dumber running the RNC. They will self-destruct long before fall. I guess the lies are really coming back to haunt them. Now can you get Scott Brown to stop using Rachel Maddow as a fund raising tool by lying about her?

    April 1, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Maybe times are changing. More Republicans are getting caught with their pants down; more Democrats are getting into money issues. This could mean that the world is going to end; everything is changing. Does that mean murder is going to be acceptable? I don't think so. It just shows that no one is faultless. Everyone makes mistakes; anyone who has ever lived has made mistakes.

    April 1, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  15. Holding Up A Mirror

    All of this could be averted in the GOP would simply acknowledge that punnani is a good thing. It is. It really, really is.

    Stop denying the natural order of things.

    April 1, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. Expat American

    Topless dancers, sex lines.....this is all very unsettling....where are some good old fashioned circa 2004 'Values' when you need them?

    April 1, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. Stu - Las Vegas

    you gotta love it

    April 1, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. JoeVnt

    Priceless...

    April 1, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  19. Jefe

    As an actual conservative, I'm very anti-Republican myself, but the so-called "Social Conservatives" truly disturb me as an American.

    We don't want your views imposed on us – that's not freedom.

    We don't need to speak in tongues and dance with poisonous snakes to be "True Christians."

    We don't need to tell other people how to live their lives, because We are the True Americans.

    Any group who despises Thomas Jefferson as one of the founding fathers might as well call themselves Anti-Americans.

    April 1, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  20. Sam

    Some numbers are just too tough to forget! Can't blame them for that!

    April 1, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  21. Eimerd

    Republicans are political corporate prostitutes, so why is anyone surprised?

    April 1, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  22. ATL Guy

    Watch the Republicans become the laughing stock of politics this November. They couldn't deliver defeat of the healthcare bill and student lending reform. Now they've got all this sordid sex stuff floating around. Almost shameless.

    April 1, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  23. Al De Veyra

    I think the RNC should hire the Three Stooges they can't do much worse. Does anybody proof anything before it gets out to the public?

    April 1, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  24. Ken in NC

    Boy ya gotta love those Republicans. If ya can't make to the club in Hollywood tonight, just pick up the phone and get your spirits pumped up. It's a smart move for them too. That sex line is going to get some old folkes pumped up and it's going to get some young folk to mojoeing. THis way the Republican party gets the young, old, sexy and dirty talker all at one time.

    April 1, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. zoonib

    Looks like the Republicans are very liberal and the Democrates are going to drill baby drill. I think the two parties should merge so Amercians are not as confused about who they are voting for.

    April 1, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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