Seniors Draw Fire

AARP prepares to punch back on Social Security


....President Bush's proposal for sweeping changes in the 70-year-old retirement program has touched off the mother of all lobbying battles, and AARP is suddenly in the line of fire. A pioneer of grass-roots lobbying, the group finds itself under attack from a new legion of well-funded, Web-based foes who have decided that the Bush plan will fail if a leading critic—AARP—isn't bloodied.

Bob Brigham has more here

Dave Meyer has more about United Seniors here which include:

United Seniors has a long history of misleading and deceiving senior citizens

  • In August 2003, Health and Human Services fined United Seniors over half a million dollars for deceptive mailing practices, including misleading senior citizens into believing that United Seniors' solicitations were official government communications.
  • The GAO determined in 1997 that United Seniors was guilty of "misinformation" for claiming that senior citizens couldn't contract for medical treatment outside the Medicare system.
  • United Seniors has been investigated multiple times by state Attorney Generals and federal grand juries for using exaggerations and distortions to extort money from senior citizens to fund partisan conservative activism. read on

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