You ask: “Who do you work for?”
You ask: “Where are you located?”
You say: “I’m in the middle of dinner. Can I call you back?”
You call the toll-free number.
| You ask for more information.
They send papers labeled “grassroots effort.”
You ask: “How does this issue affect me?”
You ask: “When I call my senator, what do I say?”
You ask: “What else can I do?”
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