Republicans have reached hundreds of thousands of homes in six states using telemarketing ‘robo-calls’ that reportedly deceive the listener into thinking they’re being bothered at home by a Democrat, but then turn out to be a negative campaign push from the Republican candidate. If the listener hangs up, they are repeatedly called back by the phone-bot until they’ve listened to the entire message.
Via AmericaBlog: “The messages start like they are going are from the Democratic candidate ‘I have a message from….’ but then turn in to a negative call. However, [listeners] are only hearing the first part of the message, thinking that it is the Democrat. If [listeners] hang up, they’re called back again, and again, and again. End result? The Democratic [listeners] are so ticked off at the Democrat harassing them that they don’t vote, or vote for the Republican – without realizing they’ve just been tricked.”
There is something you can do if you receive one of these calls, according to Josh Marshall at TPM: “If you’ve gotten one of these calls, write down as much information about it as you can (time, phone number, etc.) and call the ‘metro desk’ of your local paper.”