Robocalls in NH & Pennsylvania

Investigators: Political Phone Messages May Be Illegal In N.H.
POSTED: 11:48 pm EST November 3, 2006
UPDATED: 12:09 am EST November 4, 2006

CONCORD, N.H. — It turns out that some of the political phone messages Granite Staters are receiving as Election Day nears may be illegal. The issue revolves around the national Do Not Call registry.

A homeowner in Hillsboro received the same message several times in one day. It began by stating it had information about Paul Hodes, the Democratic challenger for the 2nd Congressional District.

After a few seconds, the ad turns on the attack. It isn’t until the end that you find out it was sponsored by the Republican National Congressional Committee.

“I think this is wrong,” said Martha Child. “When you go out to campaign, you say what you believe. You use radio, TV and other things. I don’t think you call up and say, ‘So-and-so is nasty’ on someone’s private line.”

Child’s frustration with the ad caused her to file a complaint with the New Hampshire attorney general’s office. Her telephone number is listed on the Do Not Call registry, and she felt that she shouldn’t have received the calls.

“It is not permissable to send prerecorded political calls to individuals who are on the Do Not Call list in New Hampshire,” said Assistant Attorney General Jim Kennedy.

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