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Automated GOP Calls May Break N.H. Law
The Boston Globs ^ | 11/5/06 | James W. Pindell

Posted on 11/06/2006 10:02:27 AM PST by steve-b

CONCORD, N.H. -- The National Republican Congressional Committee acknowledges that its automated phone program on behalf of a local congressman may violate New Hampshire law, but said that it would continue, despite opposition from local party leaders.

Two complaints filed with the state attorney general's office Friday accused the congressional committee of violating state law by directing automated phone calls to those on the federal Do Not Call Registry....

(Excerpt) Read more at boston.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: telemarketing

1 posted on 11/06/2006 10:02:29 AM PST by steve-b
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To: steve-b
Politics are specifically EXCLUDED from the Do Not Call Registry.

That's the way I remember it, anyone?

2 posted on 11/06/2006 10:06:32 AM PST by Mister Baredog (AP Headline: Global Warming found on Mars, it's Bush's fault.)
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To: Mister Baredog

Yep. I remember it that way too.


3 posted on 11/06/2006 10:07:29 AM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (My kool-aid tastes better than your kool-aid.)
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To: steve-b

Is the karl rove automated mind control device still legal ?


4 posted on 11/06/2006 10:08:49 AM PST by festus (The constitution may be flawed but its a whole lot better than what we have now.)
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To: Mister Baredog

You're right, political calls are exempt from the NATIONAL do not call list. This is a pi$$ poorly written article. NH may have a local law, but it sure isn't clear by this piece of garbage.


5 posted on 11/06/2006 10:09:36 AM PST by bigfootbob
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To: Mister Baredog
Politics are specifically EXCLUDED from the Do Not Call Registry. That's the way I remember it, anyone?

Politics, charities, and surveys.

6 posted on 11/06/2006 10:11:13 AM PST by kevkrom (John F'n Kerry's 'apology': "I'm sorry you were too stupid to realize I wasn't calling you stupid.")
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To: steve-b

The NRCC is fast rising to near the top of my S##T list.

Call me once a day, I can live with it

Call me twice a day, I start getting annoyed

Call me 3,4,5 times a day, you're on my list.

They're on my list

I was just interupted while dialing an outside call by them ringing in. Had to go back and look the number up again.....grrrr!


7 posted on 11/06/2006 10:12:29 AM PST by Vermonter
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To: Vermonter
Caller ID is keeping me sane right now. If I don't see a number/name I recognize, the phone doesn't get picked up. If it's important, they'll leave a message.

After the election, I may revise that policy, but then again, it's actually much more peaceful this way anyway.

8 posted on 11/06/2006 10:15:25 AM PST by kevkrom (John F'n Kerry's 'apology': "I'm sorry you were too stupid to realize I wasn't calling you stupid.")
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To: Vermonter
NRCC has been calling constantly too :)

I would rather hear them trying hard, instead of wondering what effort they're making to win. Keep calling boys, even if I don't stay on the phone to chat with ya!
9 posted on 11/06/2006 10:17:15 AM PST by catbertz
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To: kevkrom

I have caller ID and knew it was a call I wouldn't accept. But, I was using a portable phone that let's me dial the number before actually connecting to the line. When I connected, the jerks were still recording their spiel to my answering machine and I couldn't get a dial tone, and couldn't disconnect them until they were finished.....there's another one right now.


10 posted on 11/06/2006 10:18:33 AM PST by Vermonter
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To: catbertz

:...even if I don't stay on the phone to chat with ya!"

There's no one to chat with. These are all recordings


11 posted on 11/06/2006 10:19:47 AM PST by Vermonter
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To: steve-b

I've been getting a lot of Republican calls..........but the Dem calls out number them at least 2, if not 3, to 1.


12 posted on 11/06/2006 10:20:44 AM PST by Gabz
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To: steve-b

Laws? We don't need no stinkin' laws!

The Republicrats seem to think that the laws don't apply to them, but they want the laws enforced against other parties.


13 posted on 11/06/2006 10:21:01 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: Vermonter

And yet another one...... ;-{


14 posted on 11/06/2006 10:22:13 AM PST by Vermonter
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To: Vermonter

They have another tactic too, I see. The last call showed an area code and phone number, so I dialed it back. Got a recoriding saying it's no longer in service or disconnected. How do you make a call from a disconnected numger?


15 posted on 11/06/2006 10:24:31 AM PST by Vermonter
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To: Vermonter
There's no one to chat with. These are all recordings

I'm referring to the calls I'm receiving in California. I'm getting a lot of live calls checking to see if I got my absentee ballot, do I plan to vote, etc. At least six calls so far. Yes, I'm getting tons of recorded call too. Everybody who's anybody in the GOP, and Hillbilly Clinton too.
16 posted on 11/06/2006 10:25:03 AM PST by catbertz
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To: Vermonter

I have to wonder if these are the idjits that call my house every hour on the half hour and hang up on my machine.


18 posted on 11/06/2006 10:38:38 AM PST by Semper Vigilantis (THIS is the America our parents warned us about.)
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To: steve-b

federal vs state law

AND strict scrutiny protection of political speech.

VERY poorly written article.


19 posted on 11/06/2006 10:39:28 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: antiRepublicrat

actually the federal laws actually superceed this.

In fact most states actually excluded political calls BECAUSE of first amendment protection issues.


The republicans are on solid ground legally.


It is just a poor article.


20 posted on 11/06/2006 10:43:39 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: steve-b

actually, if the call originates from overseas, i do not believe the do-not-call list matters.


21 posted on 11/06/2006 10:53:59 AM PST by sten
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To: longtermmemmory
In fact most states actually excluded political calls BECAUSE of first amendment protection issues.

The local state party think it's illegal. I looked at NH law, and it appears they aren't exempt if they are using a dialing service (that otherwise does telemarketing, which is most likely) to do this. So that might be the case.

22 posted on 11/06/2006 11:31:19 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: Mister Baredog

Forget for a moment whether or not it is illegal and look at the annoyance factor. I was with some friends in Maryland this weekend and they never stopped getting these automated calls.

Despite the fact that they were going to (and may still) vote Republican they were very turned off by it.

While it probably won't make them vote Dimocrat, it just may keep them away from the polls altogether.


23 posted on 11/06/2006 11:35:58 AM PST by Philistone
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To: Mister Baredog

I'm still registered (D) and I have been getting at least one call a day from Hillary, Rendell etc. Automated of course. I'm on the Do Not Call List. It is a Federal law, so it should supercede NH law.


24 posted on 11/06/2006 11:48:28 AM PST by PghBaldy (This hominid named Kerry annoys me.)
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