LETTER: Is It Wise for Candidates to Take Advantage of Do-Not-Call Exemption?


Several months ago I signed up to have my telephone number placed on the do not call list so I could enjoy my evening meal without being pestered by telemarketers. It works very well.

Now comes the election season and there is a whole new group of callers who do not have to abide by the rules of the Federal Trade Commission, the political office seekers. Not only do they have their computerized messages call you at dinner time, but all during the day. You drop what you are doing to answer the phone only to hear a recorded message wanting your vote. If you are out for a few hours, you come home to several messages on your answering machine asking for your vote. They make the telemarketers seem like choir boys.

Please take notice political office seekers, "DON'T IRRITATE THE PEOPLE THAT YOU WANT TO VOTE FOR YOU!"

Dennis Reed
Mechanicsville MD

Editor's Note: When the federal Do Not Call law was passed, several types of telemarketers were exempted. According to the FTC which is responsible for managing the Do Not Call Registry: "Placing your number on the National Do Not Call Registry will stop most telemarketing calls, but not all. Because of limitations in the jurisdiction of the FTC and FCC, calls from or on behalf of political organizations, charities, and telephone surveyors would still be permitted, as would calls from companies with which you have an existing business relationship, or those to whom you’ve provided express agreement in writing to receive their calls."

For more information on the Do Not Call Registry, please visit http://www.donotcall.gov/

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