Posted on September 16, 2010

Shock Audio: DC Congresswoman Leaves Voicemail Asking for Lobbyist Cash

Joe Schoffstall, Eyeblast.TV (blog), September 15, 2010

Larry O’ Connor, Editor-in-Chief of, just e-mailed this shocking audio clip over to me.

Big Government Exclusive: Delegate to Congress for the District of Columbia Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton leaves voice mail citing her seniority and stimulus-based projects in lobbyist’s “sector”.

“I was, frankly, uh, uh, surprised to see that we don’t have a record, so far as I can tell, of your having given to me despite my uh, long and deep uh, work. In fact, it’s been my major work, uh, on the committee and sub-committee it’s been essentially in your sector.

“I am, I’m simply candidly calling to ask for a contribution. As the senior member of the um, committee and a sub-committee chair, we have (chuckles) obligations to raise, uh funds.”

Perhaps asking for lobbyist cash via voice mail isn’t the most intelligent thing one can do.

[The audio of Eleanor Holmes Norton’s, you know, request is available here.]