You ask: "How does this issue affect me?"
The caller says: "This will hurt all consumers in your state!"
You ask: "When I call my senator, what do I say?"
The caller says: "Say that this will hurt all consumers in your state!"
You ask: "What else can I do?"
The caller says: "Write your senator a letter saying that this will hurt all consumers in your state!"
Not every grassroots call is necessarily fake. Just demand details. And remember: The Princeton Dental Resource Center was once sponsored by M&M/Mars to convince the public that candy is good for your teeth. For more information on identifying phony campaigns, consult Mask of Deception: Corporate Front Groups in America, which is available for $15 through Essential Information (a Ralph Nader front group); call (202) 387-8030 or go to www.essential.org