Skip to comments.It's a Candidate Calling. Again
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 ...
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.
Yeah, OK. The GOP is now attacking defenseless old women with phone calls. WOMEN AND CHILDREN HARDEST HIT!
LOL...I've gotten two calls from Joe Piscapo saying even though he was a democrat,that he was voting for Kean the Republican.
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!!!!
I may be mistaken, but I believe political parties are exempt from using the "do not call" list.
I am no expert here, but I do not believe the do-not-call lists pertain to political calling
Political organizations are exempt from the Do Not Call List.
I heard about this on the ride into work this morning. Tom Davis, Allen & Giuliani have all called me and Ive 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. Ive had gang initiation gauntlets that were easier to run.
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.
Political calls are not covered by the law.
That is one law that needs changing ASAP!!!!!!!
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.
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...
We got a call from the RNC asking us to vote for Richard Nixon.
I didn't know that, boy that really sucks.
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!
Thanks, that information is a pisser.
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.She did not leave her name. What a shock.
I've had calls from the Republicans, but I've had twice as many from the Dems.
That is going to drive people nuts.
"Nobody has a right to complain about their house getting called unless they are on the "do not call list".
I'm on the state and Federal do no call lists and I've been inundated. I don't think they apply to political and charity calls.
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!!!!Dude. Your caps lock key got stuck. And then your keyboard turned all sideways. I have a suggestion: callerID.
However, listening to other people this morning, I was surprised by how much they hated the calls.
It does, and I believe it also exempts calls from non-profits so we still also get those fundraising calls.
I have been getting these calls consistently for the last week, from both sides but more from the R side- -GOTV effort I am sure. Last night was especially bad - I can empathasize with the woman in the article - seemed like we got a call every 5 minutes until after 9 p.m.
I also have a peeve with these calls - the speakers are often (but not always) almost monotone, and it also seems that the calls must be modified to eliminate the dead space between sentences to shorten the call duration. They make the already machine-generated calls sound even more machine-like. Personally, I question how effective they are.
On the other hand, I was able to tell a friend the other day that I had gotten calls from Newt, George Bush, and John McCain, all in the same day!
I had a call from Clint Eastwood last night urging me to vote for some right wing republican wacko in California. (I did this morning, of course.)
Three calls from Joe Piscopo and one from ex-governor Kean - sheeeeesh.....
I thought NC Rep Foxx drew up a bill (adding political campaigns to the do not call list) which was passed by Congress two yrs ago. At least that was a campaign promise. Wonder what happened? She's GOP too!
The lists do not block these two categories of calls.
It's the last day. We can deal with it because it's working to get our vote out. The small inconvenience is worth it IMO, and I've gotten at least 10 calls today myself. If it's a recording, I simply hang up, if a person, I thank them to their efforts and ask them not to waste time with me, it's no use preaching to the choir today, call somebody who might not be sure yet.
Tomorrow we can be glad it's over.
Take it back - just had one from President George W. Bush - hooray....
I'm a registered Republican in Ohio and I've gotten at least 4 times as much junk in the mail from Democrats than from Republicans.
I've received more mail encouraging me to vote for Sherrod Brown than I have credit card applications.
I have also recieved about 500 calls from a live person for the Gillebrand campaign. I generally try to keep them on the phone for as long as I can stand it and then finally tell them I'm voting for Sweeney! ;) (Which I did earlier today...and I will be praying the rest of the day that he defeats that inexperienced, liberal, toe-the Nancy Peloisi-line democrat running against him).
It apparently was happening in NH and Indiana, but it's been stopped.
Who else here is happy today is election day because the ads are over?
The last week, we didn't get any commercials except congressional attack ads from both sides, over and over and over again.
The ads have basically been running since labor day. I am not exaggerating that saying there was only 1, that is right, 1 policy issue, proposal brought up in the dozens of different ads run. They were all, you are sleazier than me.
The one policy proposal by the challenger btw was to give tax breaks to veterans. That was all the issues being discussed for 3 months. Makes me want to bury my head in the sand.
Here's the end of it. The last paragraph contains a particularly ridiculous argument. Oh, preceding the column were four letters from readers annoyed by the calls -- nobody submitted a letter in support of this practice.
"Robo-dials can be inconvenient, and I know there are times when mistakes are made and your phone rings at a strange time, but typically these calls take 30 seconds, and they represent the freedom of speech that our country was founded on.
"So, before getting too upset about the robo-dials that you are no doubt being bombarded with this weekend, think about what they are: a political campaign spending a small amount of money to use one of the few mass-education tactics available to reach out to you and get (or keep) you involved in the electoral process.
"Instead of hanging up on the call, realize that this is American democracy in action and that there is nothing wrong with an automated call requesting that you participate. After all, many sacrifices have been made over the course of American history to preserve our right to vote. A phone call or two reminding us to exercise that right is certainly something we can all live with."
Uh no, the constitution does not guarantee you a right to 'market' to me on my private telephone line.
I agree...when caller ID says out of area or unknown I press talk than off so the darn thing quits ringing!!!!!
I am on the do not call list but they still come through....
Our governor has called me twice, as hve Rudy giuliani and Sarah Brady (about a local legislative race. She helped me figure out who NOT to vote for.)
I hvae all my numbers on that list and I still get them.
Political calls are exempted. Obviously, that needs to change.
Political calls are exempt from the "do not call" list.
Me too. The do-not-call list only works for some calls. Thanks to Caller ID, I only answer if I recognize the person who's calling.
If I don't know you, then if I'm in a really good mood I MIGHT let you leave a message on the answering service. Otherwise, you're SOL.