I'm feeling exceptionally lazy this pre-Election-Day Monday, and I'm trying to keep myself from going éclair a-la Sunday's custard-headed John Scalzi. So, before I ramble off to another doctor's appointment, I decided to snag and post this little snip of interesting information from the Metafilter site. It's a fascinating example of the depths some folks will plumb in order to, not-so-much, make their candidate look good, but to skirt the boundaries of what's actually legal in order to make their opponent look bad. It's really quite pathetic that these folks have to resort to such duplicitous tactics. And they wonder why people have such a hard time trusting some of these politicians? I'd be embarrassed to vote for a candidate whose party has to hassle the population in such a way as this.
Foley was a Republican, but those Dems are TELEMARKETERS!I'll be glad when tomorrow's over and done with, and hopefully there will be no riots or anything, but one never really knows these things.
November 5, 2006 10:00 PM PST
Abu Gharib? Feh. The newest Dark Side: telemarketing abuse. The National Republican Congressional Committee has launched a $2.1 million campaign calling individuals, including those on the Federal Do-Not-Call Registry, with automated telephone messages scripted to sound as if they are coming from the Democratic candidate up for election, in the hopes of driving away support come Tuesday's elections. "Hello. I'm calling with information about [Democratic candidate]," the recording begins, and then pauses for the traditional hang-up.If the recipient does indeed hang up, they then receive repeated phone calls back. This manner of scripting violates 47 CFR 64.1200(b)(1), which requires that "the identity of the business,individual, or other entity that is responsible for initiating the call" be "state[d] clearly" "at the beginning of the message." The New Hampshire Attorney General got them to stop calling those on the Do-Not-Call Registry, at least. (In their best interests, perhaps, due to the $5,000 fine per call potentially racking up hefty fines.) This is going on at the very least in the Pennsylvania 6th, the Connecticut 4th, the North Carolina 11th,, the New Hampshire 2nd, and nationwide.
posted by WCityMike
Anyway, feel free to talk amongst yourselves, and do enjoy your Monday.