Re: Political Telemarketers

I posted a query/rant along these lines about a month ago, but my NNTP

> isn't talking to comp.dcom.telecom. > I know politicians exempted themselves from the federal telemarketing > law (and also the state law here in Texas).

Politicians are not specifically mentioned in the Federal law, or the 'rules' implementing it.

There are two exemptions that -may- be applicable: 1) "tax exempt nonprofit organizations" 2) "calls not made for a commercial purpose"

Are they completely and totally exempt or do they have some > restrictions also? Here's my point ... > I don't belong to any political party. Texas has open primaries > (anyone can vote in either primary on election day). I haven't voted > in a primary in Texas because a) I almost always vote third-party and > b) the major party I hate the least had a presidential candidate from > Texas, so what was the point? Still, the Republican Party got a hold > of my name and number and call me continually begging for my vote. > About 75% of the the time I get a pre-recorded message from our > Republican governor or his wife asking I vote for this candidate or > that amendment.

BOTH of the above exemptions allow pre-recorded calls to residences.

47 CFR 1200, 47 USC 227
Every call except for one showed up in my caller ID as "Unknown > Name/Unknown Number". The one that did come through came from the > 248 area code which is Michigan, not Texas. When I get a human I > stop them and ask that a) I be removed from their list b) If they > continue to ignore my request I will vote against their candidate > automatically. They almost always argue that they have the right to > call me because they're exempt from the "Do Not Call" list. > They're totally missing the point!

Yup. in that conversation _agree_ with them that they have the 'legal right' to continue calling. Ask them if they understand that you have 'preferences' about such matters, _regardless_ of 'what the law allows'. Ask them if they want you to do *them* the favor of voting for 'their' candidate/proposition? Admit that you "are inclined to do so, at _this_ _time_", but then ask them if they understand that failure to honor your 'preferences' about future calls will

*guarantee* that you will vote _against_ their candidate/proposition. Then ask them "do you want that to happen?" Then ask them "what steps they will take to _prevent_ that from happening".
I specifically requested not to receive telemarketing calls. Why > would they think I would welcome calls from them?

"bad judgment".

stood up and said, "While I'm not legally obliged to do so, I will not > call people on the 'Do Not Call' list during my campaign", I would > strongly consider voting for that person. Having someone tell me "Oh, > sorry, no it's our RIGHT to call you and pester you at home twice a > day the week before an election!" is outrageous! > Here are my questions: > 1.) Can politicians block their caller ID information? Regular > telemarketers can't.

Parties engaged in a "telemarketing campaign" must display callerID. (except for tax-exempt non-profits.) 47 CFR 1601 Unfortunately, "calls made without a commercial purpose" are _not_, by definition, part of a telemarketing campaign. 47CFR 1200

Thus, they are _not_ required to display CallerID.

They _are_, however, required to provide their phone number, and other contact info, either at the beginning or end of the recorded message.

2.) If I specifically request they not call, are the obliged to stop > calling?

Nope. Only 'telemarketing' callers (except for tax-exempt non-profits) must maintain an in-house Do-not-call list. 47 CFR 1200 Since political calls are 'not made with a commercial purpose', they're not 'telemarketing', as defined, and they are not required to maintain a Do-not-call list.

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Robert Bonomi
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