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It's a Candidate Calling. Again
Washington Post ^ | 11/7/06 | Charles Babington and Alec MacGillis

Posted on 11/07/2006 11:37:57 AM PST by steve-b

This year's heavy volume of automated political phone calls has infuriated countless voters and triggered sharp complaints from Democrats, who say the Republican Party has crossed the line in bombarding households with recorded attacks on candidates in tight House races nationwide....

An Ohio woman, who did not leave her name, called The Washington Post in tears yesterday, saying she could not keep her phone line open to hospice workers caring for her terminally ill mother because of nonstop political robo-calls.

Pamela Lorenz, a retired nurse in Roseville, Calif., called her own experience "harassment as far as I'm concerned" and said, "If I were voting right now, the opponent who's doing this, he'd be off my list for throwing that much trash."

Hour after hour and day after day for two weeks, Lorenz's home has received the same NRCC recorded message attacking Charlie Brown, the Democrat who is challenging Rep. John T. Doolittle (R) in a hard-fought battle in northeastern California....

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: junkcalls; telemarketing
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1 posted on 11/07/2006 11:37:57 AM PST by steve-b
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To: steve-b

Nobody has a right to complain about their house getting called unless they are on the "do not call list".

Anyone using a marketing machine has to first download that list by law before using the machine.

I help a doctor run one of these for his marketing, so I know of what I speak of here.


2 posted on 11/07/2006 11:40:37 AM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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An Ohio woman, who did not leave her name, called The Washington Post in tears yesterday, saying she could not keep her phone line open to hospice workers caring for her terminally ill mother because of nonstop political robo-calls

Yeah, OK. The GOP is now attacking defenseless old women with phone calls. WOMEN AND CHILDREN HARDEST HIT!

3 posted on 11/07/2006 11:40:42 AM PST by frogjerk (REUTERS: We give smoke and mirrors a bad name)
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To: steve-b

LOL...I've gotten two calls from Joe Piscapo saying even though he was a democrat,that he was voting for Kean the Republican.


Doogle


4 posted on 11/07/2006 11:41:34 AM PST by Doogle (USAF 68-73...."never store a threat you should have eliminated")
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To: A CA Guy

I AM ON THE DO NOT CALL LIST AND STILL GO OVER A DOZEN OF THESE CALLS LAST WEEKEND!!!!!! How the #$%(&%(&^)!@ do I get off theist (*&$%@! list!!!!


5 posted on 11/07/2006 11:42:32 AM PST by Hydroshock ( (Proverbs 22:7). The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.)
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To: A CA Guy

I may be mistaken, but I believe political parties are exempt from using the "do not call" list.


6 posted on 11/07/2006 11:43:56 AM PST by FourPeas (The right thing to do never requires any subterfuge, it is always simple and direct. Calvin Coolidge)
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To: A CA Guy

I am no expert here, but I do not believe the do-not-call lists pertain to political calling


7 posted on 11/07/2006 11:44:57 AM PST by EagleClaw
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To: Hydroshock

Political organizations are exempt from the Do Not Call List.


8 posted on 11/07/2006 11:45:12 AM PST by jaredt112
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To: steve-b

I heard about this on the ride into work this morning. Tom Davis, Allen & Giuliani have all called me and I’ve got about a metric ton of campaign flyers from the GOP, but not one piece of propaganda from the Dims. I just assumed that the GOP sent stuff to GOP folks, and the Dims sent stuff to the Dims. Are folks who aren't registered getting stuff from both parties?

By the way, the phone calls and flyers don't bother me nearly as much as what goes on at any metro station (in the DC Metro) on Election Day. I’ve had gang initiation gauntlets that were easier to run.


9 posted on 11/07/2006 11:45:25 AM PST by tfecw (It's for the children)
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To: A CA Guy
I don't think the "do not call" list has anything to do with political campaigns..

If I understand it correctly, you actually have to verbally tell the caller to put you on THEIR do not call list when you receive a political call.

Someone correct me if I'm wrong ---- I believe political calls do not fall under the restrictions of the all-encompassing "do not call" list.

10 posted on 11/07/2006 11:45:36 AM PST by coder2
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To: A CA Guy

Political calls are not covered by the law.


11 posted on 11/07/2006 11:46:23 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny (`)
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To: jaredt112

That is one law that needs changing ASAP!!!!!!!


12 posted on 11/07/2006 11:46:33 AM PST by Hydroshock ( (Proverbs 22:7). The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.)
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To: A CA Guy

You can register your phone number for free, and it will remain on the national do-not-call list for five years. You may re-enter your number on the list when the five years have passed, and you may remove your number from the list at any time.

The Do-Not-Call registry does not prevent all unwanted calls. It does not cover the following:

* calls from organizations with which you have established a business relationship;

* calls for which you have given prior written permission;

* calls which are not commercial or do not include unsolicited advertisements;

* calls by or on behalf of tax-exempt non-profit organizations.


13 posted on 11/07/2006 11:46:42 AM PST by FoxInSocks
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To: FourPeas

Wow, if that were the case, people would have a good case to be pissed.
You could be right 4Ps because I only know the business law on the issue, I assumed it was all the same.

What a horrible situation...


14 posted on 11/07/2006 11:46:53 AM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: steve-b

We got a call from the RNC asking us to vote for Richard Nixon.


15 posted on 11/07/2006 11:47:08 AM PST by Cobra64 (Why is the War on Terror being managed by the DEFENSE Department?)
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To: steve-b
"An Ohio woman, who did not leave her name, called The Washington Post in tears yesterday, saying she could not keep her phone line open to hospice workers caring for her terminally ill mother because of nonstop political robo-calls." ROFLMAO! It never ends...
16 posted on 11/07/2006 11:47:27 AM PST by AKSurprise ("Massachusetts 10,555 sq miles surrounded by reality".)
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To: EagleClaw

I didn't know that, boy that really sucks.


17 posted on 11/07/2006 11:48:05 AM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: A CA Guy
I am on a DO NOT CALL LIST, but it exempts political calls. I pay the local phone company to screen my calls, and still the robo-calls got through this year.

Judging by the "unhappy customers" who I talked to while waiting in line to vote this morning, I think that candidates, parties and issues coalitions should re-think these calls next time around. IT IS REALLY TICKING PEOPLE OFF!

18 posted on 11/07/2006 11:49:58 AM PST by A Citizen Reporter (Sign at World Series in St. Louis, October 27, 2006 "The Experts are Idiots")
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To: Hydroshock
Wow, I was informed by folks here that political abuse of a gazillion calls by machine are exempt regarding the "do not call list"! Yikes.

If you get calls beyond that, type in do-not-call-list in google and it will direct you to a place to register and in a month the calls (minus political ones) will cease.
19 posted on 11/07/2006 11:50:18 AM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: A Citizen Reporter
Yes, especially if people call homes before 9:30am, at lunch time or after 5pm at night.
20 posted on 11/07/2006 11:52:07 AM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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