Unfortunately, said Noelle Talley, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Roy Cooper, political calls don’t fall under the Do Not Call Registry, which means phone customers can’t opt out of receiving them.
However, she said, campaigns must follow certain laws if they make “robo calls,” or pre-recorded calls.
She said the attorney general has gone after campaigns and other political and advocacy groups that didn’t follow laws when making those calls and forced them to pay fines.
Under state law, political campaigns and nonprofits making prerecorded calls must identify who is making the call and the nature of the call, as well as provide contact information for the group that makes the call.
But Talley also gave the following suggestion to phone customers who believe they are getting harassing calls from a political campaign, either through live calls or robo calls: 1) report the calls to the campaign office and request that the campaign stop calling, and 2) file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office online at ncdoj.gov or by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM. The number is toll-free inside North Carolina.
Date posted: May 15, 2012
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