Local Politics

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

Posted February 27, 2008 5:46 a.m. EST
Updated February 27, 2008 7:55 a.m. EST

— 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.