The Wendy Davis campaign has issued an SOS regarding dirty robocalls being made in Texas. The campaign sent this out to supporters yesterday:
We have received a number of reports that an entity has been making robo-calls to our supporters in attempt to solicit donations. The call begins with an audio of a woman [whom callers are led to believe is Senator Davis] and continues with giving callers an option to press “1” to continue hearing the message. Some of these calls have reportedly made solicitations for campaign contributions or simply rang endlessly.
These calls are not from the Wendy Davis campaign nor from anyone affiliated with our campaign. If you receive any of these fraudulent calls, please transcribe as much information as you can from the call, note the caller and number from the caller ID and send us an e-mail to email@example.com.
We are tracking these calls and are continuing to alert our supporters of this deviance.
Thank you again for your support.
If you're in Texas and receive one of these calls, try to record it or transcribe as much of it as you can.
My guess is that the funding for the calls comes via Empower Texans, a group connected with Texas oil interests and James Leininger, an ultra-right wing billionaire who functions as sugar daddy for the religious righties in Texas. A quick review of independent expenditure reports through February 4th shows that they're paying for robocalls in several Texas districts. They claim it's to inform "citizens about website content of TFR statewide endorsements," but it's just as possible they're paying for these robocalls, too.
In the meantime, spread the word.