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Political DO-NOT-CALL Lists; A Scam?

Do Not Call Me

Is it a Scam?

First, let me say that in all elections I vote by candidate, not by party. I vote for people who appear to be closest to my values and might have a shot at making a difference in a political system that, frankly, I think is a mess, if not broken.

Integrity is at the top of my list. I want to vote for candidates who don’t lie or manipulate the truth and assume we won’t notice. Is that too tall an order? This year, it seems to be; Democrat and Republican candidates alike.

That said, I’m angry and I’m having food thoughts. But instead of reaching for a cookie, I’m going to use my voice, right here and now.

It’s not OK to call my phone 10X a day and lie about it!

This year, for some unknown reason, the Democratic National Committee and the Obama camp have left my phone alone. But the Republican National Committee; the RNC, latched onto my phone number and will not let go. No matter what I try and I HAVE TRIED FIFTEEN TIMES, the calls keep coming, fast and furiously, as many as 10 calls a day.

I asked the RNC to stop interrupting my work sessions. My phone may not be used as a marketing tool by anyone, especially if it interferes with my ability to make a living.

Why is this a big deal to me? Because I coach people by phone, on sensitive issues. I purposely have ‘Call-Waiting’ on my coaching line so, when necessary, I can go long in a session and still know when my next client is calling in. And I have an ill mother. So I need to know when I’m receiving an emergency call from her nursing home. (I can’t turn this phone feature on and off, as needed. I tried…and shouldn’t have to do so because the RNC has no boundaries.)

RNC calls from “Trevor” and “Jenny” interrupt my work sessions all day long. On Friday, I was taping a phone seminar with an author and sure enough, I now have call-waiting beeps obliterating my guest’s voice on the seminar recording.

Early in this Presidential election (feels like it has been going on for years), I foolishly and wastefully, time wise, listened to entire messages that clogged up my voicemail, just so I could get a number to call to be placed on the RNC’s “DO-NOT-CALL” list. I tried following the RNC’s “Do-Not-Call” prompts. Sometimes “Press 1 to be added to our DO-NOT-CALL List” just led to disconnection. Other times I was able to leave my number on a voicemail, as instructed. When those attempts failed, I even called the main number for the RNC, asked for a live person, who promised my number would be removed immediately. The calls kept coming. I emailed and got an apology and a promise from “TEAM MITT”. The calls just keep on coming…six today, so far, and the night is still young.

I don’t think there is anything more I can do to get the calls to stop, as it appears all RNC roads lead to nowhere. But here’s a question. Does the respect or lack thereof that a party and its candidate show during a campaign, reflect how people will be treated once the candidate is in office? Does leave me wondering…

Have you been barraged by political calls…from either or both camps? How do you feel about  it? Should there be a law requiring politicians DO-NOT-CALL Lists to be legit?  Should there be a DO-NOT-CALL REGISTRY for them, just like the one other marketers must (are supposed to) abide by under penalty of law?


  1. I agree….RNC stop the phone calls…harassment and your Option 1 to be placed on the DNC list does not work!
    RNC…you have pissed me off more than you can possibly believe. If I voted Republican, it could be construed as an endorsement for your phone calls harassment….won’t happen….will not even consider voting Republic…based solely on the hundreds of phone calls.

    The good thing about today is that the election is over and so are the TV ads, mud slinging and all of those phone calls.

  2. What is the number to call the RNC to unsubscribe from these dang calls!??!!?

  3. Ellen Shuman, Emotional Eating Recovery Coach; A Weigh Out says:

    From the RNC website:
    If you’d like to contact the RNC please email: ecampaign@gop.com

    Good luck, Jess!


  4. I have been harassed by the RNC every day for the last 2 months, one time I answered as I was waiting for a call, picked it up without looking, they asked for Steve, no sorry you have the wrong number. He then went on about I am not sure as I cut him off and told him to stop calling this number every day. And I slammed down the phone …1 hour the jerk called again.
    The number is 202-873-2678
    Stop calling!

  5. Ellen Shuman, Emotional Eating Recovery Coach; A Weigh Out says:

    I know! I wish someone could figure out how to stop this!

  6. The RNC is calling from 202-892-1121……………….they only know how to say hello 3x

  7. bernard klocko says:

    …These people calling on my ‘Land Line’ are very excessive, disturbing and most annoying. I’ve been requesting them to cease for the last year and they still keep calling. I believe it is Criminal at this point and harassment by communication. I’m 69 years old and the LL that they call is a ‘Dedicated Medical ICD Heart Monitor Comm Line’. I pray we can get together and ‘Rattle-the- HELL’ out of ‘Tele Marketers’ worse than what they are doing to us. Thank You! Semper Fi! Godspeed!! Bernard

  8. I’m a republican and am sick of my phone ringing several times a day seven days a week. How do I get that stopped.

  9. Susan Dean says:

    I’m dealing with it, too. After a lengthy argument with one rep….and I don’t normally even do that, but I was SO angry…she told me that there is NO WAY to stop the calls. Really????

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