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New effort to stop political calls
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
SAN JOSE, CA (KGO) -- If you're like most people, you're registered on the do not call list. But even if you're on that list, a loophole in that law allows politicians to still call you.
With Super Tuesday just a week away, you can expect your phones to heat up.
Warren Phillips likes to spend his evenings bonding with his son. The last thing he wants is a phone call soliciting his vote.
I kind of take it as a form of harassment or an invasion of my privacy," said do not call supporter Warren Phillips.
Representative Zoe Lofgren of San Jose agrees. That's why she's written a bill to ease the pain of Warren and others who feel the same.
"What we discovered in the last election was that there were some extremely abusive practices that just drove voters over the edge," said Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D) San Jose.
She says some campaigns actually called voters in the middle of the night, pretending to be the opponent's campaign.
Her bill would put restrictions on those calls.
"Nobody calls after 9 p.m. and before 8 a.m. It would prohibit harassing phone calls. It would prohibit blocking the caller ID," said Lofgren.
Shaun Dakin doesn't think Lofgren's proposal goes far enough. He's come up with a grassroots idea called www.stoppoliticalcalls.org
"We're asking for politicians to take a pledge and to agree not to call people," said Shaun Dakin from
You can be put on the do not call list for politicians by going to the Web site www.stoppoliticalcalls.org and signing up.
The first phone number is free. If you want to register additional phone numbers and even e-mail addresses, it will cost you a $1.25 a year to register.
His campaign started in November, and says he remains hopeful, even tough no politicians have taken the pledge so far.
"I talked to candidates and they said "if you make it very clear that people aren't going to vote for us, we're more than likely going to take that do not call pledge," said Dakin.
Lofgren thinks the voluntary idea is fine, but believes any attempt to make political calls totally illegal would be overturned as unconstitutional.
As for Warren, he's already registered on www.stoppoliticalcalls.org/b>.
"I just want to relax. I want to have my down time," said Phillips.
Dakin's tells us less than 50,000 have registered on his site so far. Representative Lofgren hopes to introduce her legislation this week.
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Is there any way to stop the harassing political phone calls?
Unfortunately, said Noelle Talley, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Roy Cooper, political calls don’t fall under the Do Not Call Registry, which means phone customers can’t opt out of receiving them.
However, she said, campaigns must follow certain laws if they make “robo calls,” or pre-recorded calls.
She said the attorney general has gone after campaigns and other political and advocacy groups that didn’t follow laws when making those calls and forced them to pay fines.
Under state law, political campaigns and nonprofits making prerecorded calls must identify who is making the call and the nature of the call, as well as provide contact information for the group that makes the call.
But Talley also gave the following suggestion to phone customers who believe they are getting harassing calls from a political campaign, either through live calls or robo calls: 1) report the calls to the campaign office and request that the campaign stop calling, and 2) file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office online at ncdoj.gov or by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM. The number is toll-free inside North Carolina.
Does anyone have a good way to get off of Political robo-call lists?
I hate robo-calls and I hate political robo-calls the worst. I have all of my phone numbers listed on the national Do-Not-Call-Registry, but political, charity, and survey calls are exempt from the list.
I have contacted the political party state HQ and requested my numbers be removed. I have asked my county voter registration department to not include me in lists of voters given/sold to political parties. And I punish the political caller by voting for their opponent (unless the opponent is a complete jerk).
Other than cutting off my phone line, does anyone have a good way to get off of Political robo-call lists?
by bigreddogatl asked 3 months ago
@mschauber: I'm pretty sure *60 is a standard at least for landlines, I found it here:http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/blocking-incoming-call1.htm
jsoko 3 months ago
One politician kept robo-calling me so I called him out on Twitter and it stopped.
But if you're on the do-not-call list you can also report them to the FCC:
ohcheri 3 months ago
Port your # over to Google Voice.
You can then use both their built-in spam filter and the ability to block a #.
Also remember that by law if you request to be taken off a list, they must do it. So simply call the politicians office or the PAC that is paying for the calls and tell the person who answers the phone you received an unwanted call, give your phone # and tell them you know they have to take your name off the list by law, so please do it.
At the same time, file a complaint on the FCC website http://esupport.fcc.gov/complaints.htm,
) make sure your #'s are on the do not call registry (donotcall.gov,) don't give money to or subscribe to mailings (email or snail mail) from political parties or politicians (or if you do, refuse to give your phone #,) and vote for candidates that want to see campaign laws changed to benefit the people vs. benefiting their own pockets and those of corporations.
mschauber 3 months ago
Call *60, it is a call blocking service for landlines. You can do that or call the number they leave and generally there is an option to be taken off their phone list or just leave a message, giving them notice that you have been called X times and you do not want to be called again, continue with "if you call again, I WILL be contacting my lawyer and I WILL be filing a harassment lawsuit." This will work whether or not they know the law.
jsoko 3 months ago
How do I stop automated campaign calls?
I have been receiving these automated recorded messages about the local election campaign coming up. Next time i will listen to the whole thing and try to find out who is leaving them. I called the local voters office and they dont even know where there coming from! People i know are receiving them as well. I am registered on the do not call list, although i know that doesnt stop charity or non sales calls. I have called AT&T. No one knows how they are getting peoples cell numbers. Anyone else know?
2 years ago Lady
Unfortunately you can't: Due to concerns that their might be First Amendment implications the laws regarding blocking and do-not-call lists specifically exempt political calls.
2 years ago Machine Head
The National Political Do Not Contact Registry - Stop Political Calls BLOG
Take back control of the political discussion and ask politicians to stop Calling you. You, not the politicians, control the conversation.
Visit www.StopPoliticalCalls.org to find out more.
Hi, Welcome to the National Political Do Not Contact Registry Blog.
If you would like to register your phone number at our main site,
please click here.http://www.stoppoliticalcalls.org/
What We Will Do:
We will collect your contact information.
We will send your contact information to ALL political parties, candidates, political action committees, and any other organization that makes political robo calls and ensure that they are told that you no longer want robo calls from them.
What is the NPDNC Registry and what do we do for you?
What is the NPDNC Registry and what do we do for you?
Who: We are a non-profit, non-partisanorganization located in Washington, DC. We receive no funding from outside organizations. Funding comes directly from contributions of individual voters. That means you can be assured that we are independent and free from any political influence.
Advocacy: We advocate for you, the voter. We make sure that politicians understand that Political Automated Robocalls simply don't work. We ask that politicians stop calling you and all voters. Our core belief is that the market will work, eventually. That is, politicians will realize that it is no longer in their self interest to robocall you, the voter. They have every incentive to stay in office. Calling you 15 times a day will not earn them your vote.
Action: We distribute our National Political Do Not Contact Registry database to politicians, political action committees, advocacy organizations and many other exempt groups and ask that they not call those voters that have registered.
Education: We work with candidates and advocacy groups to educate them on the effectiveness (lack of) of political robo calls and encourage them to use alternate channels to communicate with voters. Here is a link to data about this issue.
Research We work with all interested groups (media, non-profits, others) to provide data, research and education on how robo calls impact voter's lives.
Seminars: We run Privacy Seminars in which we work with privacy advocates around the nation to educate the public about the impact of commercial and government entities on the privacy of you, the voter.
Legislation: From time to time we assist legislators in their desire to implement new laws around this issue. For example, In 2008 we worked with Sen. Feinstein to help introduce the Robocall Privacy Act. At the state level we work with State's Attorney General to enforce existing robocall regulations (for example: IN, MN and NC)
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
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rainbowlife share'd > What is the best way
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May 25 2012 at 10:03 PM
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These calls are coming more and more often,
especially when I'm sleeping!
Any solutions on how to stop them?
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