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Drunk dial Congress? Hey, why not?

Updated: 2013-10-10T19:53:37Z


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A new web tool – – invites furloughed federal employees to randomly call a congressional office in Washington and leave a politician a piece of their mind. But why should furloughed workers have all the fun?

So everyone is invited to “call & yell.”

Mobile ad firm Revolution Messaging, which helps groups spread messages through mobile texts or calls, set up the Drunk Dial Congress website.

“Our team is proud to donate calling tools on to help encourage more Americans to reach out to Congress,” Scott Goodstein, the company’s founder and chief executive, told Politico.

“House Republicans in particular deserve to be screamed at,” said Goodstein, who – duh – worked on President Obama’s campaign.

CNBC reported that in the first four hours after the site went live Thursday morning it processed 2,000 calls. Company officials said they’re not making money off the deal, but it’s definitely a lot of free publicity.

If you need some liquid courage first, the website offers recipes for cocktails like The Sleepy Senator and The Bad Representative.

The Bloody Bastard sounds particularly refreshing: 1 part sour mix, 1 part vodka, 1 tbsp. grenadine syrup.

(Do we need to say it? Drink responsibly, people.)

And if you need a talking point, the website has those, too.

Choose from:

You jerks are costing the country $12 million bucks an hour!

Why don’t you make yourself useful and at least mow the lawn!

How dare you not fund veterans!

You had one job to do and you failed!

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