TEA Party/Peach Pundit T-SPLOST Poll

The Atlanta TEA Party and Peach Pundit have teamed up to offer a text poll regarding your feelings on the upcoming Atlanta Regional T-SPLOST set for the July 31st Primary.

The poll will run today through Friday.  Based on the participation, our hope is to do this two other times before the vote and note any changes in the trend.

To participate, just text TPPP to 28748.

You will then be asked to indicate if you support the T-SPLOST with a 1) No 2) Yes or 3) Undecided response.

Standard text messaging rates apply.

While the Atlanta Tea Party may have taken a position on the T-SPLOST, Peach Pundit will not.  Individually, I remain in the undecided camp.

And please: 1) Don’t text and drive, and 2) No wagering.

NOTE: Only 1 vote per phone number will be counted in the final results.

60 comments

  1. bsjy says:

    Of course No. Starve the beast at every chance. When the govt has shrunken, we can discuss road improvements. Not before. And no permanent funding mechanism: each project must stand on its own, naked before God and man.

    • GTKay says:

      It’s not a permanent funding mechanism. It’s a referendum. It ends after 10 years or earlier if the projected (and voted upon) revenue comes in before 10 years.

      So instead of some sort of plan, we’ll just wait for governement to shrink and then mosey over to the table, sit down and “discuss” road improvements. Do you realize how far ahead these improvements must be planned so that they can be ready to build when the funding is there?

      And what does it mean for a project to stand on its own? Do you mean as opposed to being part of a list for which this funding is and will be dedicated?

      Do you realize that the gas tax is a permanent funding mechnism? Would you like it to be raised 25 cents a gallon if this doesn’t pass?

  2. TigerLily says:

    FYI – when the text comes through, the order is different from what you listed above.
    1. No
    2. Yes
    3. Undecided

    🙂

  3. Ernest says:

    Smaller Government is needed throughout the system. Vote NO on T Splost. Tell them to take their GREEDY hands out of your pockets. Since when can the BUREAUCRATS spend your money more wisely that you, the person who actually EARN IT!!!!

    • GTKay says:

      Ok Ernest, I’ll put a bucket out by the the I-285/400 interchange if you’ll help me check it every night for donations. You get weekends since it’s your idea. This is gonna be great! Way to stick it to the bureaucrats!

    • Big Tuna says:

      Ernest, you do realize that by having a dedicated project list, it takes the BUREAUCRATS out of the decision making process? With no dedicated project list, it goes back to business as usual with faceless BUREAUCRATS receiving calls influencing what projects make it to bid with no public accountability.

  4. Steve Brown says:

    It’s important to make your thoughts known in multiple venues. Social media might be the only way the slay the $8 million advertising behemoth. One guy, Bob Ross, is tying up the “feel-good” TSPLOST people in knots on the “Untie Atlanta, Untie Fulton, Untie DeKalb, etc.” Facebook pages.

    It is pretty obvious on those Facebook pages that the pro-TSPLOST contingent has very little in the way facts or respect for our tax dollars.

    Lest we forget, the grand strategy of our regional and state leaders is to solve our traffic congestion problems by taking a transit system that is 80% or more subsidized with huge budget deficits and billions in backlogged maintenance used by less than 5% of commuters and make it bigger. To make that scenario worse, the transit projects in the referendum are only half-funded (can you say “additional 10-years of sales tax”).

    • Rambler1414 says:

      Yes, clearly the Pro-Referendum campaign has very little in the way of facts.

      Clearly, the “facts” about kickbacks to elected officials and “T-SPLOST Likened to Bernie Madoff Scam” are a much more accurate representation of the truth. LOL!

  5. Baker says:

    A poll that requires the voter to take the first initiative and that is being run and promoted by the Tea Party? I wonder which way this one is going to go?

  6. Jackster says:

    I’m opposed to it mainly because I can’t find wher ethe guarantees are that this tax money will actually be used for the purposes being MARKETED.

    For instance, what is to stop local counties (like DeKalb or Gwinnett) from moving funds for these projects to other projects they deem fit?

    What is to stop the state from applying tax revenue to their general fund, like they have done in other special purpose taxes / fees?

    I also don’t like giving the state a pass on obligations they have to maintain and develop our roads, allowing them to pass the buck to entities which are not accountable IN ANY WAY to the people being taxed.

    • Rambler1414 says:

      “For instance, what is to stop local counties (like DeKalb or Gwinnett) from moving funds for these projects to other projects they deem fit?”

      Read the legislation. This is prohibited.

      • Jackster says:

        Read the legislation? What a glib remark to a serious concern. Honestly, if you know where it says that, perhaps you should give a reference instead of putting on your pompous douchebag hat. If I know anything about government, what it says in the legislation isn’t what it literally means. Seriously, great way to not extend any sort of debate on the subject.

        • GTKay says:

          Jackster, I don’t think Rambler1414 was being glib, I think he figured you could do a little research on your own. But here is where it says in the bill that the revenue must be spent on the list:

          48-8-249
          (a) The proceeds received from the tax authorized by this article shall be used within the special district receiving proceeds of the tax exclusively for the projects on the approved investment list for such district as provided in subsection (b) of Code Section 48-8-243. Authorized uses of tax proceeds in connection with such projects shall include the cost of project defined in paragraph (2) of Code Section 48-8-242.

          You can read the whole thing, if you so choose, on the GDOT website.
          http://www.dot.state.ga.us/localgovernment/FundingPrograms/transreferendum/Documents/Legislation/HB277-BreakdownbySection.pdf

          No one is giving the state a pass on developing or maintaining our roads. That’s what this is about – investment. Which unaccountable entities are you referring to? The projects will be delivered through GDOT just as always.

          These projects are not being “marketed.” They are the list of projects that will be built with the revenue that comes in from the Tranportation Investment Act sales tax.

          When has the general assembly applied SPLOST tax revenue to the general fund? SPLOST stands for Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. By law it has to be used as stated.
          48-8-248.
          The proceeds of the tax collected by the state revenue commissioner in each special district under this article shall be disbursed as soon as practicable after collection to the Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission to be maintained in a trust fund and administered by the commission on behalf of the special district imposing the tax. Such proceeds for each special district shall be kept separate from other funds of the commission and shall not in any manner be commingled with other funds of the commission.

          Here’s a bonus. Did you also know that the bill states that if the projected revenue comes in before the 10 years, the sales tax stops?
          48-8-245.
          (b) The tax shall cease to be imposed on the earliest of the following dates:
          (1) On the final day of the ten-year period of time specified for the imposition of the tax; or
          (2) As of the end of the calendar quarter during which the state revenue commissioner determines that the tax has raised revenues sufficient to provide to the special district net proceeds equal to or greater than the amount specified as the estimated amount of net proceeds to be raised by the special district transportation tax.

          The bill also allows for a Citizen’s Review Panel for each district, but you’ll have to go read about that yourself.

          • InAtl says:

            The list DOES not guarantee final results. First there is an incredible amount of wiggle room in the descriptions on the list. For instance a large portion of the transit dollars are the 700 million for “enhanced transit service” in the I75/41 corridor from midtown to kennesaw. Just what is enhance transit service? google it, its a term used to identify a bus service that is less than Bus Rapid Transit but more than a local bus service. So when we vote on TIA we don’t know if that money goes to rail or if it goes in part to buy ROW for the HOT lanes or building them since the commuter bus service would use those lanes that would fall under the description.

            Also not every project will be built. And if that happens the money goes back to the each counties based on the calculation that is more heavily based on lane miles than it is on population or on where the 1% in revenues were generated. In the hands of the local cities and counties the only restriction is it should be transportation uses.

            Under the language its also entirely possible that funds could be shifted from one project to another.

            Bottom line a general sales tax is a horrible way to fund road construction. A Gas tax would have been much closer to a user fee.

            • bgsmallz says:

              “Bottom line a general sales tax is a horrible way to fund road construction. A Gas tax would have been much closer to a user fee.”

              Well, there’s always “C”…we don’t have to fund any of it.

              Frankly, if the only argument against the T-Splost that you have is that it is too vague and that there are other ways of funding this that would be more clear, I’d just offer this…those two things can only be solved by our legislature. Be careful not to let perfect be the enemy of good.

              • InAtl says:

                No bgsmallz, sorry you didn’t understand. Though I think it was fairly clear, my response to GTKay’s contention that the list takes out most of the guess work was focused on that point, not all of my concerns.

                The “list” doesn’t really much more protection or transparency than our other transportation processes.

                After all there’s a list for all the other transportation projects, the 30 year transportation plan (RTP) and the 3 year implementation plan,( TIP).

                True I threw in a bottom line about the dangers of further masking the cost of the region’s poor land use, development and transportation planning by paying for roads with a general sales tax. Fiscal responsibility and proper market decision making is easier to achieve when costs of decisions are easier to recognize by not being masked with subsidies.

                Sure perfect shouldn’t be the enemy of good, but you also shouldn’t reward incompetence. Being an enabler at best just delays and makes it harder to fix the problem.

                • GTKay says:

                  Have you looked at the project descriptions? There’s an interactive map with a detailed description of each project. Its linked from the untieatlanta.com website under the Vote Yes link. I’m not sure how much more of a description you want.
                  http://208.82.222.104/maven/

                  To your charge of incompetence: GDOT does much more with much less than most states. What you call enabling, others would call funding at reasonable levels. As far as delay, that’s where we are now. We are hopefully close to a green light to deepen our port, and open the door wide to desperately needed new industry in our state, but we have to invest in the infrastructure to get goods to where they need to go. We don’t have a lack of a plan, we have the lack of fortitude to fund the plan.

                  • InAtl says:

                    GTKay my charge of incompetence was to the legislators and folks in charge of regional development and transportation planning. I’ve never elleged that GDOT does not build lots of asphalt per dollar.

                    Yes GTKay please read the description of the bus project….ok i’ll cut an paste for you.

                    • InAtl says:

                      Here you go GTKay, this is a fuller description from the regional roundtable site. Please let me know what language rules out the scenario i laid out for you. Note the findings of the study currently underway won’t be released until after the July 31st vote.
                      http://www.atlantaregionalroundtable.com/documents/final_report.pdf

                      This project will implement enhanced premium transit service along the Northwest Corridor between Acworth/Kennesaw/Town Center and
                      the MARTA Arts Center Station including express commuter service in northern Cobb County and Cherokee County. Operational
                      improvements include Queue Jumper Lanes and Smart Corridor Implementation (signal pre‐emption) which benefit the Region by
                      improving safety and operations of Cobb Community Transit Route 10, currently one of the busiest public transit bus routes in the
                      Southeast. The project includes design, right of way and construction. Also included is a maintenance depot, parking facilities and the
                      purchase of transit vehicles. Premium transit service benefits residents of the Region by improving access between CCT and MARTA, and
                      alleviating traffic congestion on major corridors. Contingent upon additional funding, this project may also provide a fixed guideway rail
                      service along a route generally parallel to I‐75/US 41. Phase 1 would provide fixed guideway improvements between Cumberland/Galleria
                      and the MARTA Arts Center Station.

                  • The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

                    Here’s a link to an article with video showing Cobb County Commission Chairman Tim Lee and Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews, too key figures who steered Cobb’s input into the T-SPLOST list, lobbying for TIA funds to be spent to build HOT lanes on I-75 after Governor Deal cancelled the public-private partnership that was originally going to be used to build the lanes…(notice the presence of State Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers of Woodstock and State Senator Lindsey Tippins of West Cobb at the press conference):
                    http://mdjonline.com/view/full_story/17274789/article-Changing-lanes–Lee-asks-to-switch-funds-for-reversible-lanes?instance=home_news_left

            • GTKay says:

              InAtl, the TIA funds will not go toward any part of the I75 lanes. That’s completely separate from any of the TIA list projects.

              All of the projects must be built. That’s what the bill states. I don’t know about shifting between projects in a region, but the money from each region will stay in that region.

              Cities and counties across the state will get certain funds that they can use for whatever their transportation needs are in their own cities and counties. Yes, it would be restricted for transportation use, but they get to decide how to use it. I think that’s a good thing.

              The gas tax does sound like a reasonable way to fund transportation, but the Obama administration has mandated that the CAFE standards for new cars increase to 34 mpg by 2016 and 54 mpg by 2025. If the fuel economy doubles, we’ll buy half as much gas, and we’ll get half the revenue we’re getting now. So we’re not talking about increasing the gas tax 5 or 10 cents, but 25 or 30 per gallon to make up the difference.

              As far as a user tax, there are many people who use the roads who don’t own cars, therefore they do not buy gas. They get the benefit of our superior (not just an opinion, but a fact) roads through other modes of transportation. As for the term “user,” everything you purchase, unless you’re buying produce from a guy from a stand in his front yard, arrived at the store via rail, truck, or car. Every trip taken contributes to the wear and tear on our roads. There are more users than just those who purchase gas. Personally, I think a sales tax makes the most sense.

              • InAtl says:

                GTKay as I said the funding part of the HOT lanes could easily fall under the current description for the TIA’s I-75 “enhance transit service.” If you read it you will note it says ROW and Construction is part of the costs. The commuter bus service would logically use the HOT lanes, therefore Cobb officials who want to shift the Cobb TIA transit funding to the HOT lane construction could easily argue for the Enhanced Transit Service to use the HOT lanes and thus contribute to their construction. Granted bus shelters still have to be built and buses need to be purchased. But I would be surprised if specific numbers are allocated to these costs seeing how a specific technology and Right of Way has yet to be identified.

                All the projects do not have to be built. The reality of life is sometimes unforeseen circumstances, changed circumstances, or even politics change things. That’s why the bill has a provision for how money that is not spent on the projects on the list gets redistributed to the counties (above and beyond the 15% they get off the top).

                Perhaps demand will drop from improved fuel efficiency, but its also likely the long term trend for gas prices will be upward, which will counteract the drop in use. Though hopefully another reason for the drop in demand will be the attempts by people to drive less, which thus offers a cheaper fix to congested roads.

                • GTKay says:

                  As to Cobb officials, asking is not getting. I see the wording above pertaining to the implementation of express commuter service, and I think it would be a stretch to apply it to the physical HOT lanes. But obviously some people read it that way. You know, that provision for returning money can also apply to projects coming in under budget. Bad economy=lower bids

                  I think you’re right, the trend is already heading toward less miles driven, but that’s just another reason to find a more reliable and reasonable source of funding.

                  • The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

                    But express commuter service can utilize HOT lanes as was in the original proposal for the I-75/575 HOT lane project back almost a decade ago that also included four tolled truck lanes and four BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) lanes with stations and parking garages over the expressway before the state withdrew the proposal due to public concerns about widening I-75 to as many as 25 lanes in some sections.
                    The state also scaled down the original I-75/575 HOT lanes project due to pressure from the powerful trucking industry lobby which did not want to be forced to use tolled truck lanes.

                    • InAtl says:

                      “Of course they can use them.”

                      Yes but if they can use them then its ROW for the commuter bus. Though after conversations last night at the Creative Loafing event it seems like many aren’t trying to get light rail. Thus their plan is to steer the federal study to the Light Rail on 41 conclusion (unfortunately we won’t know the recommendation until after July 31).

                      The article Last Dem linked to is the first guess at the split between the Commuter Bus or Enhanced Transit Service I’ve seen. As I understand it the remaining 570 or so million, or what ever remains will be put towards the light rail system. But as that article and common sense suggests can they get anywhere near enough federal funding to go from midtown to Cumberland? Will they get strong backing from their congressional delegation in DC? I guess the money allocation is protected for 10 years while they try?

                      So maybe today I see less likelyhood of it being used to buy ROW for the commuter bus service which can also be used by the HOT lanes. But I still think its a real crap shoot as to what the bulk of the 700 million will go to.

                      And yes hurting it is that 41 doesn’t seem like a good corridor for transit. The freight line sounds like a better route but that wouldn’t seem to fall under TIA and I don’t believe that’s being studied as an option in the study for seeking the necessary federal dollars.

                    • The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

                      InAtl:

                      “And yes hurting it is that 41 doesn’t seem like a good corridor for transit. The freight line sounds like a better route but that wouldn’t seem to fall under TIA and I don’t believe that’s being studied as an option in the study for seeking the necessary federal dollars.”

                      It seems that the fact that the right-of-way for the potential transit project has not been clearly defined would also apply in this case as the project description only states that the route will be generally parallel to I-75/US 41 which could conceivably also apply to the CSX-W&A freight rail line.

              • The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

                “InAtl, the TIA funds will not go toward any part of the I75 lanes. That’s completely separate from any of the TIA list projects.”

                There’s no guarantee that the nearly $700 million in TIA funds marked for the vaguely-defined “Enhanced Premium Transit Service” won’t go towards the construction of HOT lanes on I-75 and I-575, especially when all references to possible rail transit in the corridor include the words “may also” (as in “Contingent upon additional funding, this project MAY also provide a fixed guideway rail service along a route generally parallel to I‐75 and US 41”) instead of the word “will”.

                The route that the so-called “Enhanced Premium Transit Service” will run on has not even been clearly defined in the description of the project…..(Will the “Enhanced Premium Transit Service” run along the CSX-W&A freight rail line, will it run along US 41/Cobb Parkway or will run along I-75?)

                There is too much vagueness and too much political pressure from the Governor, from Cobb Chairman Lee and the entire Cobb federal and state legislative delegations to build HOT lanes, to say that the money will not be used to build HOT lanes.

    • Rambler1414 says:

      SPLOST’s in counties across Metro Atlanta expire all the time.
      Some are renewed, some aren’t.

  7. debbie0040 says:

    Rambler1414, where are the maintenance costs going to come from? MARTA announced that it is almost 3 billion behind in maintenance revenue . The T-SPLOST would expand MARTA.

    Don’t you think tax-payers have a right to know where the maintenance costs will com from?

    Where is the maintenance?

    • Rambler1414 says:

      Debbie,

      I would recommend contacting MARTA. They would be the best source to answer your question, since it’s their budget… not mine.

  8. debbie0040 says:

    Rambler1414, the T-SPLOST that your Chamber is advocating on behalf of would greatly expand MARTA and the expansion would require maintenance. Do you guys just think the expansion and new rail lines would just magically provide maintenance themselves? 52% of the project list in Metro Atlanta goes to expand transit or add new transit. Isn’t irresponible not to have provided for maintenance for billions of dollars worth of projects?

    • GTKay says:

      Debbie, you know Dekalb and Fulton have a sales tax to provide maintenance for MARTA. They’ll need to live within their budget, but they also need to be allowed to use their revenue without the 50/50 constraint. My kids tell me they need stuff that they really just want, so I would question whether they really need 3 billion or if they would just like to have it. And that’s not a yearly maintenance cost, but a rebuild/repair cost – which again, they should be able to use the already existing tax revenue to fund. And some of the money spent on MARTA projects will solve or decrease their maintenance costs.
      As much as you disdain MARTA, it’s kind of funny that you’d treat their own maintenance estimates as gospel.

      • The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

        If MARTA cannot currently pay for maintenance and capital improvements with 50 percent of their sales tax revenues why should the 50/50 constraints be relaxed?

        The problem is not that MARTA is required to use 50 percent of their sales tax revenues for maintenance and capital improvements.

        The problem is that MARTA just simply does not take in anywhere nearly enough revenues from sources other than the one-percent sales tax that it collects in Fulton and DeKalb Counties, sources like the farebox (fares are way too low), property tax revenues (from new development that is built around their rail transit stations), fees (on existing parking and traffic fees and fines, vehicle and tag registrations, etc).

    • The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

      If they wanted to provide for continued maintenance they could start by raising the damn fares.

      Second (and this especially refers to the Atlanta Beltline and rail transit in particular) they could also fund the construction, operation, and maintenance of high-frequency transit lines using the property tax revenues of the new development that pops up around transit stations in a method called “Tax Increment Financing”, which would be a much more effective and targeted method of funding rail transit expansion, especially for a project like the Atlanta Beltline, than a regional sales tax increase which is not necessarily the most politically viable or politically desirable.

      Transit could also be better funded through the use of parking fees (fees on paid parking and parking fines) and traffic fees (fees added to traffic fines and tag and automobile registrations) in the service area of MARTA, which should likely concentrate on dramatically improving its currently substandard performance in Fulton and DeKalb Counties before contemplating politically-improbable and polticially-undesirable expansions into Gwinnett, Cobb and Clayton Counties.

  9. Old Virginian says:

    I don’t text but I oppose T-SPLOST. Maybe MARTA needs some help. To get help they would need to find some way to get out of union contracts and adjust wage scales and staffing levels accordingly and find better management. They should become involved in the community instead of a relatively small inwardly focused organization that has become an employment agency for minorities and women. (I know. I once worked for them.) T-SPLOST is not just for 10 years but for 30 or 40 years. If they even get started, the rail/mass transit projects will not be completed in 10 years. Sponsors will come to us again for renewal of this tax. (See GA 400) The problem with the rail/mass transit idea is that in a low density area such as ours they will never move enough people to justify the cost and the aggrevation. We cannot build enough heavy or light rail to improve mobility and relieve congestion unless we devote the equivalent of the entire state budget over several years to such projects and force it on the population. For less than half of the proposed cost of T-SPLOST we can build dozens or more highways and highway improvements and actually begin to improve mobility. I know. Highways are so yesterday. Rail, from the late 19th Century, is so today. Right? Lets do what a columnist in the AJ-C suggested earlier this week: Divide the area into districts of common interest and let them vote on locally agreed projects with adjustments for Fulton and DeKalb. Sounds like a plan to me. Defeat T-SPLOST.

    • GTKay says:

      They are in districts of common interest. And we are about to vote on locally agreed projects. Whether you ever drive into Atlanta or not, if you are in the metro area, Atlanta affects your county. This is not just about rail.

      This tax is for 10 years or less if the projected revenue comes in before 10 years. That’s how it is written in the law. The GA400 toll was not a sales tax. It was not voted on. It was extended by SRTA, This is not the same thing.

      Go look at the list, find your area and see what is on the list where you live. If you don’t like the projects don’t vote for the tax, but at least be informed.
      http://www.atlantaregionalroundtable.com/map/tia.html

    • The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

      “The problem with the rail/mass transit idea is that in a low density area such as ours they will never move enough people to justify the cost and the aggrevation. We cannot build enough heavy or light rail to improve mobility and relieve congestion unless we devote the equivalent of the entire state budget over several years to such projects and force it on the population.”

      Even with MARTA’s notable issues of governance and (mis)management, the entire system still moves 482,000 people on average per day with the heavy rail service moving close to 260,000 people per day alone, which makes it the eighth-most utilized heavy rail system in the United States.

      If those 260,000 people that ride the trains on a daily basis are thought of in terms of single-occupant vehicles, which overwhelmingly make up the majority of vehicles driven in the Atlanta Region, then that’s 260,000 cars off the roads of ITP Atlanta everyday where there is virtually no more right-of-way left (except perhaps, vertically) to expand the road network physically and, especially, politically.

      Can you imagine close to 100,000 more vehicles trying to crowd onto a Downtown Connector that is already often severely-congested or even totally gridlocked during peak hours?

      The freeway network, with a scant few limited exceptions, is pretty much built-out, both physically and politically.

      As was so vividly demonstrated with the killing of the unpopular proposed Outer Perimeter and Northern Arc a decade ago, there is no political will or desire for much expansion of the road network beyond just a few targeted improvements to the existing surface road network, which overall is very-limited and wholly inadequate when compared to competing metros like Dallas, Miami, Phoenix, Houston, etc (all Sunbelt cities with the type of rigid north-south, east-west grid networks that Atlanta lacks due to the accident of geography).

      MARTA has just about almost (but not necessarily quite) enough heavy rail to be an asset to the region’s mobility, one of the problems is the incompetent management and neglect of a system that the inner-urban core of the region likely could not function without.

      Another problem is the lack of regional commuter rail on existing freight rail corridors that parallel severely congested freeway spokes, something that the half-a**ed and poorly-conceived doesn’t even bother to address besides tens-of-millions of more dollars for yet another study of possible commuter rail service someday on the Norfolk Southern “S” Line between Atlanta and Macon.

      Atlanta is the largest metro area east of the Mississippi River without regional commuter rail service, despite experiencing crushing population growth over the last three decades to the point where suburban and exurban freeway spokes are virtually impassable during peak times.

      And the kicker is that you don’t need to use politically-unpopular and undesirable continued sales tax increases to expand and increase transit options (see my other comments on using user fees in the form of adequately-priced fares and tax increment financing).

  10. bobmwade says:

    Apparently they are now sending unwanted text messages. Got mine this morning, I would never sign up for anything from the Tea Party.

    • Charlie says:

      I signed up for the same poll and I didn’t get anything in the last few weeks. And why the use of the word “apparently” “Bob”?

  11. bobmwade says:

    I didn’t sign up for this poll never even heard of this site until I got a text message from 28748 stating: Get up to $1500 deposited into your account today. Not a scam.

    After googling the text number 28748 I found that it belonged to the Atlanta Tea Party.

    • Charlie says:

      When the Nigerian prince emails you and asks for your help getting his money out of the country, he will also say it’s not a scam.

      Don’t do it. It’s really the Democratic Party of Georgia.

  12. bobmwade says:

    I wasn’t the only one either, I posted the warning on Facebook most of my friends are in the metro area of Atlanta, few have also got this unwanted text message.

  13. bobmwade says:

    Unsolicited messages sent to a wireless device is against the FCC rules, complaints are being filed.

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