I just got a phone call with a prerecorded message about House Bill 4493, which you can read here. The message claimed that the bill was going to be passed “tomorrow” and that I should call the backer of the bill (Senator Jack Hart) and the director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (James Rooney) to complain. The message directed me to visit the site mccabillexposed.com for additional information. But something’s not right about this.
- The legislature’s formal session for 2006 ended at midnight on July 31.
- Rules prohibit the legislature from passing laws after July 31 in an election year.
- Judging from the URL of the bill on the legislature’s Web site, it appears to be from last year’s session. This seems to be further supported by the fact that when you try to look up the history of the bill, you get a message telling you that the histories of bills from the 2004-5 session have been removed from the site.
- The prerecorded phone message I listened to didn’t identify who’s behind it.
- The Web site doesn’t identify who’s behind it. If you do a “whois” lookup on the domain, you discover that there’s no information about the owner of the domain.
- Comments posted on the Web site are moderated, and not a single comment has been posted.
- It seems odd for whoever is behind this to claim that the driver for a bill in the House is actually a Senator.
It looks to me like somebody’s trying to do a smear job on Hart or Rooney. I wonder who’s behind it. Any ideas?