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Sen. Reid 'spoofed' by opposition calls

Sen. Reid 'spoofed' by opposition calls
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks, as Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) looks on, after the Senate confirmed Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington on August 6, 2009. UPI/Alexis C. Glenn | License Photo

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says investigators will look into a recorded message sent to Democratic lawmakers by someone using his telephone number.

Reid staffers say the messages -- opposing healthcare reform -- do not originate in the Nevada Democrat's office, The Hill reported Wednesday. Instead, the creator of the message has allegedly engaged in a practice known as "spoofing," creating a false caller ID number.

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"An unidentified organization is dishonestly using Sen. Reid's office number to mislead people and to create yet another distraction from the important issues our country needs to address," said Rodell Mollineau, a spokesman for the majority leader. "American families are suffering and every day that defenders of the status quo spend on misleading and disruptive tactics like this is a wasted opportunity to be working on finding real solutions."

The calls last 30 seconds and include an anti-spending message as well.

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