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AG: People Should Be Free From Robo Call 'Interruptions'

Posted February 27, 2008

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— North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper is headed to Washington today to urge the Senate to prohibit political robo calls as part of the Do Not Call Registry.

By law, even households which have registered for the Do Not Call list may receive political robo calls. Cooper has asked state political party leaders to voluntarily avoid calling those on the registry.

He said his office received hundreds of calls from people complaining about getting bombarded with calls leading up to the 2006 elections.

“Oftentimes, you can’t even hang up during the call, because it won’t let your phone line go,” Cooper said. “Those who say they don’t want those calls should be free from these interruptions.”

Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand admits that he has used the calls to campaign. He proposed a robo call ban last year, but the bill has yet to be approved.

“It irritates me when I get calls, too,” he said.

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  • sqlandis Feb 27, 2008

    lgboro, as much as I wish Cooper was running for governor, you have got him mixed up with the treasurer who does the pension fund.

  • enderby Feb 27, 2008

    "Has anyone ever actually listened to a robo call and come away from it thinking "man that was good info. I'm voting for that person."

    No, but I've voted against many candidates who use the calls. In that sense it was good info, it let me know their opinion of our right to privacy.

  • 5lb_Possum Feb 27, 2008

    Political, sales or whatever. People shouldn't have to receive any of these terribly annoying calls if they do not wish to. Protection from them should be available to businesses as well. I run a small business and get tons of sales calls interrupting my work. Besides, I'm just not a phone person. I hate getting disturbed by a phone call anytime from anyone. If I could get away with it I would simply keep it turned off except when making a necessary call.

  • no more - no less Feb 27, 2008

    Do Do Call should mean just that. It should also include everyone/group - politicans, non-profits, telemarketers, etc.

  • Sound Tech Feb 27, 2008

    Igboro - I usually do not ask personal questions but in your case I will make an exception. Is your last name Nifong?

  • Timbo Feb 27, 2008

    Well, just as soon as I say disparaging things about state government, here is a person that actually is trying to accomplish something useful.

    I hope they listen to him.

  • clintoflannagan Feb 27, 2008

    "As well as using the DoNotCall option, I screen all my calls with my caller ID and answering machine. Then I block any unwanted calls that repeatedly call with my call block service. It works well with all these options. Who says you have to answer the telephone?"

    I've got all those things, too. My point is that I don't want them calling me in the first place. Even if I don't answer the call I still have to sit through it ringing 6 times. Multiply that by 5 or calls a night - - usually at dinner time - - and it's a pain in the rear. I have 4 phones in my house so there's no way I can silence all of them. Also, when I'm on the phone and the robo calls come through it's a disruption because of my call waiting/caller id.

    If they understood how much most people hate the calls they'd stop.

    I mean, really. Has anyone ever actually listened to a robo call and come away from it thinking "man that was good info. I'm voting for that person."

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx Feb 27, 2008

    Yes, caller ID is well worth the $$ per month during election season. Sometimes I have to take the additional step of turning off the answering machine.

  • lgboro Feb 27, 2008

    He could also present them with an idea for a bill to ban media-strumpet AG's running for Governor from monopolizing the printed and internet news sites with such non news stories. I for one am sick of seeing this mans mug on my television daily trumpeting "news" that should be a normal part of his job. We understand you Mr. Cooper are running for Governor of the overtaxed State of North Carolina. I'm sure you are using illegally obtained NC State Retirement money to fund your trip to Washington.

  • owlady Feb 27, 2008

    As well as using the DoNotCall option, I screen all my calls with my caller ID and answering machine. Then I block any unwanted calls that repeatedly call with my call block service. It works well with all these options. Who says you have to answer the telephone?

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