Thursday, December 06, 2007

Do Not Robocall

Remember the last minute Robocall nonsense that may be the reason Jim Walsh is still in Congress?

Well Congress is starting to do something about them:

The House Administration Subcommittee on Elections is considering whether political dial-a-voter messages ought to abide by the same do-not-call-list limits as commercial telemarketers. Lawmakers are concerned that some groups are using the calls to deliberately mislead voters and that the abuse could depress voter turnout.

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The legislation “does not prohibit automated phone calls, but it gives Americans the right to choose not to receive them, just as they would any other solicitation,” Altmire said. “Why should political campaigns be specifically carved out from the do-not-call list when businesses across the country are required to abide by it?”


While it won't outlaw it, what it would do is make them significantly less effective and thus destroying the effectiveness and ruining the demand for them.

2 Comments:

At 10:31 AM, Blogger Shaun said...

I was at the hearing and, let me tell you, they will do nothing. It is the fox guarding the henhouse.

There is a new non-profit, non-partisan group that is fighting back, Citizens for Civil Discourse and the National Political 'do not call' registry.

Learn more: www.StopPoliticalCalls.org

Best,

Shaun Dakin

 
At 8:00 PM, Blogger The Watcher said...

Shaun,

Thanks for your input. I read up on your group, but I disagree with it. My opposition is just to robocalls which are annoying at best. I fail to see how trying to force political campaigns to give up phone calls and mail improves civil discourse. If anything, I think it would decrease it, by restricting the avenues of contact, campaigns will be forced into more negativity in more public venues. And charging a massive fee, $17,000 a year for access to the list, discourages the campaigns most reliant on phones and mail, local campaigns.

 

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