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Bridget Johnson


March 25, 2013 - 11:09 am

A North Carolina Republican introduced — for the fifth time — legislation to include political robo-calls on the National Do Not Call Registry.

“Every campaign season, like clockwork, families are bombarded by an endless stream of political robo-calls,” Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) said. “There is little voters can do to stop the annoyance, which all too often comes right in the middle of family dinners and bedtimes. The Robo COP Act will solve this problem for the American people by allowing them to opt out of these calls by signing up for the federal government’s ‘Do Not Call’ list.”

“Robo COP” stands for Robo Calls Off Phones. The bill would direct the Federal Trade Commission to revise its regulations regarding the National Do Not Call registry to prohibit prerecorded campaign messages from being sent to telephone numbers registered on the list to block unsolicited sales calls.

“Though citizens are able to stop receiving telemarketing calls, politicians made sure to exempt political robo-calls from the power of the ‘Do Not Call’ registry,” Foxx said. “Removing their exemption through the Robo COP Act is a matter of fairness that will help bring some peace and quiet to North Carolina homes throughout campaign season.”

It would apply to political calls where no live person is available to speak with the person picking up the phone.

Foxx stresses she does not use robo-calling. Her co-sponsors last Congress were Dem Reps. Barney Frank (Mass.) and Steve Cohen (Tenn.) and GOP Reps. Elton Gallegly (Calif.) and C.W. Bill Young (Fla.).

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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I think anyone will be interested on this. The Federal Trade Commission is sick of getting complaints from customers about robocalls, which have been a headache for a while. Since many businesses are not ceasing the practice, the FTC has announced a $50,000 prize for anyone who can determine how you can block robocalls. Find it more here [] .
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it won't matter if it isn't enforced. i've been on all the do not call lists since the inception. it helped at first. the last year it is back worse than it was. neither the state or the feds follow up on complaints. how about enforcing the existing law before getting all excited about the political robo calls. why would you think anti political robo call legislation would be enforce if the current laws aren't?
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