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Attorney general warns candidates about robo-calls

October 11, 2010, 4:19 p.m. Updated October 11, 2010, 4:54 p.m.

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Call him robo-call cop.

On the street

Do you listen to robo-calls from politicians?

Absolutely not. I know it’s going to be the same garbage no matter what’s on that line.

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Attorney General Steve Six on Monday reminded candidates about the rules of robo-calls.

“Just like any other intrusive robo-call, political campaigns must clearly identify who is responsible for the call,” said Six. 

Six said his office will be monitoring the automated calls to ensure compliance with the federal Telephone Consumer Projection Act.

The law says that all telephone calls using pre-recorded messages must identify who is initiating the calls and include a telephone number to reach them.

Prior to the August primary, the attorney general's office said it received more than 20 complaints. The attorney general's office said six of those led to settlement agreements, including a $5,000 settlement against Tracey Mann, a Republican candidate for the 1st U.S. House District, who lost in the primary.

Although there is no state law restricting robo-calls, the attorney general's office is empowered to enforce the federal law.

Earlier this year, Six introduced a state version of robo-call regulations, but it failed to pass the Legislature.

Kansans receiving robo-calls that do not comply with federal law can contact the attorney general's Consumer Protection Division at 785-296-3751, or 800 432-2310 or at www.ksag.org.

Comments

Par 3 years, 6 months ago

Wow. 20-ish complaints. Thanks so much for looking after us Mr. Six---another great use of state resources...protecting Kansans from the deadly threat of phone calls. Thanks too for doing your part in suppressing political speech. Did this move the needle in your polls? Maybe the journal could look for a real story and check out how many of the campaigns Six pursued are Rs.

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kernal 3 years, 6 months ago

Thank you, Attorney General Six!

Am sorely tempted to get a fog horn to blast when I get unsolicited calls. Unfortunately, registering on the "Do not call" list does not eliminate all the requests for donations and the political calls containing unsubtle untruths designed to put unfounded fear in the uninformed.

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Maracas 3 years, 6 months ago

"Earlier this year, Six introduced a state version of robo-call regulations, but it failed to pass the Legislature."

LOL Failed to pass by the same people who make the robo-calls. Imagine that. Something doesn't pass the smell test.

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macon47 3 years, 6 months ago

robo c alls are just another way that candidates show you how lazy they are and how little they value your time over theirs

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TinkyWinky 3 years, 6 months ago

Eh oh AG,

Enforced by RoboCops!! Kultala loves making phone calls during a campaign. http://wn.com/Steve_Fitzgerald_Press_Conference_at_Jerry's_Nursery

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nobody1793 3 years, 6 months ago

I really hate the ones that automatically connect you to a "conference call", which fills up my voice mail with a recording of some supposed town hall meeting.

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