No-Call Law Allowed Automated Political Calls
Even Lesley Randolph, the Missouri Republican Party spokeswoman, understood all too well what some citizens on the other end of the phone line were complaining about.
Attorney General Jay Nixon's spokesman, Scott Holste, said, ''This is an issue that is going to appeal to the 2.3 million Missouri households that are on the No-Call List. We think that those families deserve the same type of privacy protection and peace and quiet from those automated political calls as they get from other types of telemarketing calls."
Missouri's no-call law lets telemarketers call cell phones or send faxes and also allows calls for political and charitable groups.
Both Democrats and Republicans say that automated calling is an inexpensive way to get out a candidate's message. But both parties agree that person-to-person calling is a better way to motivate voters. This is really not a partisan issue; it's doing what is best for Missouri families.
Minnesota and New Hampshire are the only states that outlaw automated political calls.