"Hello, I'm Calling With Information About Heath Shuler...."

According to metafilter (and Talking Points Memo, though I can't find the reference to NC-11), the NRCC is robocalling NC-11 households with a recording that begins with the title of this post. Then, when people hang up, they call the house back six or seven times. The idea? "I was going to go out and vote for that Shuler fella, but the bastard called eight times during dinner!" Does the Asheville Citizen-Times know about this? [They did.] Shouldn't they hear from you about it?

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My Letter to the A C-T

(which won't mean much, I think, because of my Georgia address):

NRCC Robo-Calls Go Way Beyond Fair Play

The National Republican Congressional Committee is making calls in NC-11 that begin "Hello, I'm calling with information about Heath Shuler," and they intentionally call the same household repeatedly. The Republican hope, clearly, is that voters will mistake these calls for Shuler campaign calls. Children know dirty cheating tricks when they see them, but one could be forgiven for assuming that Republicans do not.

There are now several blogs report this

Americablog, Crooks and Liars, Firedog Lake and Daily Kos all have posts up about this. I think they've only reported in NY, CT, WY and a couple of other states. I didn't know it was happening here as well. The I think the DCCC has already filed a complaint and be considering legal action. I think it violates FCC rules.

NC-11 is referenced in the article

And shuler is quoted about the calls.

F*cking cheaters.

The Citizen-Times did know...

They ran an AP article about it last Wednesday.

The real question is - would the AC-T have reported about it if left to their own volition? I doubt it very seriously.

"we're banging pots and pans / to make you understand / we're gonna bury you, man"

Make a recording....

Need a recording of the Shuler calls. Will make an interesting juxtaposition with Taylor's public stance:

Rep. Charles Taylor has also denounced political robo-calls. In a March 7 constituent newsletter, Taylor wrote, “I believe it is well past time that these unwanted recorded phone messages were stopped. That is why I have become a cosponsor of H.R. 1950, the Robo Calls Off Phones Act. This legislation will extend the National Do-Not-Call Registry to apply to recorded political phone messages.”

http://mountainx.com/blogs/news/2006/10/26/151

CitizenWill
there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK,Jr. to SCLC Leadership Class

CitizenWill
there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK,Jr. to SCLC Leadership Class

Good find, Will.

This would be a very great story for tomorrow morning's newspapers.

It gets worse

It's worse than that. In an AP article in today's Charlotte Observer:

Taylor issued a news release Sunday saying that if re-elected, he will seek legislation to prohibit automated political phone calls. He co-sponsored a similar bill in 2005.

The "robocalls" have been used in a campaign that has also featured weeks of nasty TV ads.

Looks like Chuck coordinated a smear campaign with the NRCC.

Recording not needed.

I think the Western North Carolinians need to blitz their local media shows to find out why Charles Taylor is doing deceptive robocalls when:
1. They are immoral.
2. They are a danger (great diary on DKos about how these calls were limited because they interferred with 911 operation)
3. He says he is against them.

Forget the paper, get it on the six o'clock news tonight.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Let me rephrase that...

a recording would be great!!! But, in the meantime, the WNC media should still cover the hypocrisy, danger, and immorality of the Taylor robocalls.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

I just sent the link for this entry

to a handful of papers. Please do the same.

I just sent a series of links to..

Schorr Johnson and Jerry Meek to see if we can get the well-coordinated Democratic noise machine in action

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

If you contact the media, be sure to comment on what a load of..

If you contact the media, please be sure to refute the following assertion highlighted in today's N&O (NY Times reprint):

Some Democratic strategists say that the distortions are not any worse than the standard fare in the torrent of television and radio ads by both sides, and probably do not cross any legal lines. And while many Democratic campaigns and support groups also rely on computer-dialed telephone attacks, Republican leaders say they have not seen the Democrats use any similar poll-like surveys in the major races this year.

The Dems, always ready to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

These push-polls and scam calls are distinctly different than television, print and radio ads BECAUSE THEY FLY UNDER THE RADAR!

By necessity, television/print/radio ads are PUBLIC. The targeting logistics behind these robo-calls can be quite sophisticated. Only a very small percentage of those receiving the calls will elevate their concerns to the point of getting any PUBLIC attention.

The slick insidiousness of these robo-calls is way beyond the common public distortions of a Vernon Robinson. Don't let the Democratic political operators off the hook - this is a completely different beast.

CitizenWill
there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK,Jr. to SCLC Leadership Class

CitizenWill
there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK,Jr. to SCLC Leadership Class

Specifics of Shuler race...

Here's the specifics of Shuler's race:

12. Opposes Candidate: HEATH SHULER FOR CONGRESS
Office Sought: House of Representatives, North Carolina District 11

Payee: CONQUEST COMMUNICATIONS GROUP
Date Expended = 11/03/2006 Amount Expended = $2949.12
Purpose: Phone Banks

Payee: CONQUEST COMMUNICATIONS GROUP
Date Expended = 11/02/2006 Amount Expended = $2936.34
Purpose: Phone Banks

Payee: CONQUEST COMMUNICATIONS GROUP
Date Expended = 11/01/2006 Amount Expended = $2970.66
Purpose: Phone Banks

More via TPM.

Wow! These calls are damnably cheap.

CitizenWill
there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK,Jr. to SCLC Leadership Class

CitizenWill
there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK,Jr. to SCLC Leadership Class

Your anti called, again

Those are the most recent for independent expenditures by NRCC and wouldn't include calls paid for by Taylor's campaign.

These are the numbers for NRCC for anti-Shuler calls since 9/1/06 from politicalmoneyline.com:

$2,949
$2,936
$2,971
$2,988
$2,949
$3,159
$3,061
$2,984
$3,201
$2,966
$3,023
$3,007
$3,952
$3,053
$2,956
$2,985
$2,940

$52,080 total

$3,087

$55,167 new total 11/06/06 revised.

I'm guessing Mr. Conquest Communications

is going to find his ass in jail in a couple of months.

No jail time, I believe...

It appears Conquest is only courting a fine - no jail time. The penalties are so small, and in many jurisdictions, so difficult to assess that they can easily factor them into the "cost of doing business". A dirty business, but as Greg demonstrates, pretty darn lucrative.

CitizenWill
there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK,Jr. to SCLC Leadership Class

CitizenWill
there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK,Jr. to SCLC Leadership Class

The penalties in New Hampshire

seem to be more onerous than a small fine. At least we can hope.

I wonder if banning robocalls should be on the 07 legislative agenda here in North Carolina? Surely we can find a way to make this illegal, with a sufficient deterent to stop the insanity.

Pass the savings on...

This will be an interesting battle between Federal and local prerogatives. Wonder if the GOP will once again squash State's rights ;-).

CitizenWill
there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK,Jr. to SCLC Leadership Class

CitizenWill
there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK,Jr. to SCLC Leadership Class

There was a comment somewhere...

that Dems took the "Do not call" fine to court in 05 and lost because the federal law trumps the state law? It had no links and I have no idea what any of that means. But, sounds like more bullshit laws that IOKIFYAR.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

The GOP is just doing what comes naturally.

Corruption and illegal activity is just SOP for the GOP. They will stop at nothing to retain power.

To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only UNPATRIOTIC and servile, but it is morally treasonable to the American public.

Politicians are like diapers. They should be changed frequently, and for the same reasons.

Direct dial

Not counting payments to individual phone bankers, the Taylor campaign has paid the following for calling:

Direct Strategies
106 E College Ave Ste 1100
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
10/16/2006 $5,636.62 PHONE CALLS
10/18/2006 $8,251.21 CALLING

I don't know if anyone caught my comment above but to repeat:

"Taylor issued a news release Sunday saying that if re-elected, he will seek legislation to prohibit automated political phone calls"