By Charles Babington and Alec MacGillis
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, November 7, 2006; Page A08
This year’s heavy volume of automated political phone calls has infuriated countless voters and triggered sharp complaints from Democrats, who say the Republican Party has crossed the line in bombarding households with recorded attacks on candidates in tight House races nationwide.
Democrats cited federal records indicating that the NRCC recently spent about $600,000 in at least 45 contested House districts for robo-calls, which are among the least expensive campaign tools. The brief calls typically begin with a speaker offering “some information” about the Democratic nominee and then immediately accusing the nominee of seeking to raise taxes, among other perceived wrongs.
Many voters hang up as soon as a robo-call begins — without waiting for the criticisms or the NRCC sign-off at the end — so they think it was placed by the Democratic candidate named at the start, said Sarah Feinberg, spokeswoman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Our candidates are inundated with phone calls from furious Democrats and independents saying . . . ‘I’m outraged and I’m not going to vote for you anymore,’ ” she said.
BTW… the blogs and websites had this story first. I just linked to them the other day.