November 06, 2006

Robo Calls Hit Goldmark In The WA-05

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has launched a widespread robo-call campaign in close House races to get voters irritated with Democratic candidates. This press release from Peter Goldmark's campaign in the WA-05 lays it out:

Several individuals in Spokane and Stevens County have reported receiving multiple automated telephone messages in the last two days.

“The Goldmark campaign has not employed an automated call since Friday, Oct. 20, more than two weeks ago,” reported Goldmark campaign manager Jeremiah Levine. “And we are not planning to send another automated message during this campaign. If you receive an automated message or multiple messages, please report them to the Goldmark campaign at 838-4888.”

Cathy McMorris has been linked with a company that is making harassing phone calls intended to fool voters into thinking calls are coming from Democratic candidates. McMorris is listed as a client of Conquest Communications. Conquest Communications has been engaged on behalf of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) to make negative robocalls intended to fool and anger voters (FEC filing for NRCC, Nov 3-4, 2006).

In other districts, NRCC calls contain an automated message something like: “I’d like to tell you about candidate X . . .” If the receiver hangs up, they instantly receive another call and are targeted to receive five or six additional automated calls with the same message. The recorded message does properly identify the source at the end of the call, but few voters stay on the line long enough to hear the entire message. ...

Susie Madrak of Suburban Guerrilla relays the suggestion of a Philly columnist to send robo calls right back to the NRCC, which you can do for a mere $0.12 a call.

Posted by natasha at November 6, 2006 03:51 AM | WA Politics | Technorati links |