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. John

    “We love nasty talk as much as you do,"?

    Sounds like a sex hot line that finally caters exclusively to Republicans.

    April 1, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. Tim

    lol the RNC is trying to hetrosexual up their campaign. smart move when most of your constituents are god fearing gun toting homophobes. Great Job!

    April 1, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. Rick in AZ

    It keeps on getting better and better and better. A solid 10 on the Laugh-O-Meter.

    April 1, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. Bubba

    “We love nasty talk as much as you do" was the GOP's motto in 2009, right?

    April 1, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. get real

    Reality IS better than fiction. He He He!

    April 1, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. Carmelle

    LMAO!!!

    It sure looks like the DNC has some double agents in that place.
    Can they do ANYTHING right?

    April 1, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. D.

    Republican provide pseudo gossip, while democrats provide disaster and economic collapse. All Obama blind followers today (April first) is your day to celebrate!

    April 1, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. John In Ely

    Yeah...these are the people that I want running my government.

    April 1, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  9. Doug

    Who was the Vendor?

    April 1, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  10. Ruth

    Typical. What else is there to say?

    April 1, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. Karen in Denver

    A typographical error??? REALLY!! Yet they got the message correct. They want the caller to donate to the RNC. Sorry. The "oops, somebody dialed the wrong number excuse" this time doesn't work.

    April 1, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. jbakaregit

    And people wonder why Bush and company nearly took down this country from 2001-2008?

    This is another reason why the media and the GOP has spoken too soon (just like they did on healthcare) that victory is at hand b/c conventional wisdom says so. At the rate the GOP is unraveling, they'll be lucky to acquire 10 house seats and 2 senate seats.

    Vote Democrat or Independent come November.

    April 1, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. C from middle GA

    Does anyone else think this is a conspiracy designed to get rid of Mr. Steele?

    April 1, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  14. Jim

    These republicans are absolutely incompetent and useless. One scandal after another...one stupid statement after another...nothing but obstructionism, fear mongering and lies. ..all while preaching American and family values. What hypocrites! It's amazing that anyone with any common sense and intelligence would even consider voting for them, let alone send them donations!

    April 1, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. Sunshyne

    AMAZING! I love it.

    April 1, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. TM

    Right, I'm SURE it was a typo!

    April 1, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. FRANK, LAS VEGAS

    Somehow I'm not completely sure it was a mistake. The press should check the ownership of the sex line, it just might be the GOP. I wouldn't put anything past them.

    April 1, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. The GOP wants to take our country backwards

    The GOP thought its little "April Fools Day" ad against President Obama was funny, but this is MUCH FUNNIER and ITS TRUE!!!! By, the way wasn't there a law passed recently against Republicans using fake census forms to solicit money? Why are they still doing it?

    April 1, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. jeff Clemetson

    RNC Sex Chat – "Welcome to the RNC sex chat. Are you looking for horny conservatives? Well you betcha we gottem!" wink

    April 1, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. Doug,lib jersey

    Just remember, every lib that blasts the GOP is one who would gladly lick the ground that John Edwards walks on.

    April 1, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. Most Republicans - Wrong about everything, Wrong for America (and GW Bush was the worst President ever)

    I think that the sexy woman's voice on the recording was Sarah Palin. I think that the message said "Do we love sexy talk as much as you do? You betcha".

    April 1, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  22. hongli

    The RNC is a party of Thieves,Porn-Lovers,Liars,Haters and Money-Grabbers.

    April 1, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  23. Anthony

    Its actually Sarah Palin for $2.99 per minute. Her signiture line is "Drill baby, drill" LOL

    April 1, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  24. mo. Fairfax, VA

    Great, they can't even handle their own organization so how do you expect them to handle a country?!!!!!!!1.

    April 1, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  25. SC-Pub "no" more

    These folks humor is endless; now, they are playing April Fool's jokes on themselves... or is this more satire from Painlin's right?

    April 1, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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