January 20, 2012 •
Bill Aims to Identify Robocall Sponsors in Michigan
Senate Bill 896
Michigan Senator Tonya Schuitmaker has introduced Senate Bill 896, which would require robocalls in the state to clearly identify their sponsor. The bill will also says if a robocall is not endorsed by a candidate, the automated phone message must state it.
The Kalamazoo Gazette reports about the legislation in “State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker introduces bill to force identification on campaign robo-calls” by Julie Mack.
December 20, 2011 •
‘Tis the Season for Robocalls
As we head into the big election year, those ubiquitous automated political campaign phone calls are making news again:
“Robocall Campaigns Dialing Up As Election Season Draws Near” by Sarah Lai Stirland on TechPresident.
“Republicans accuse Gingrich of illegal robo-calls” by Steve Peoples in The Associated Press.
“Robocalling Hillary 2012” by Emily Schultheis in Politico. Apparently a group of Hillary Clinton supporters are using robocalls to get her on the 2012 presidential ballot.
“Afternoon Fix: Nikki Haley robocalls for Romney” by Aaron Blake in the Washington Post.
Did you know you can return the favor with political candidates by calling them back with your own robocall? This website offers a service to contact politicians: Reverse Robocall: Talk Back. Be Heard
According to the website: “Welcome to the Robocall Revolution. We believe that voters should have access to the same technology political groups use to get their message across; so we built a simple web-based robocall tool to literally give citizens back their voice in the political discourse.
ReverseRobocall.com provides voters an easy way to communicate with one or hundreds of politicians or political groups using the same technology politicians use, the robocall or automated phone call.”
October 3, 2011 •
News You Can Use Digest – October 3, 2011
Here are highlights from the latest edition of News You Can Use:
Business Executives Call for End to Anonymous Cash
In Turn to Politics, Facebook Starts a PAC
Political Embezzlement Rises as U.S. Campaign Accounts Swell
Solyndra’s Lobbying Not Disclosed by Energy under Stimulus Guidelines
From the States and Municipalities:
Campaign Finance Law Argued Before Colorado Supreme Court
After ‘Wild West,’ Palm Beach County Lobbyists Face New Rules
Federal Judge Strikes Down Portion of Indiana ‘Robo-Call’ Ban
State Senator’s Future Hangs in the Balance at Corruption Trial
Campaign Finance Board Releases Guidelines on Ballot Initiatives
Ex-Judge Gets 17 1/2 Years in Pa. Kickbacks Case
Arrested Rhode Island Representative Won’t Resign, Will Run Again
Tennessee Lawmakers’ Ethics Panel Has Own Critics
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