Shaun Dakin, CEO, StopPoliticalCalls.org
Citizens for Civil Discourse is dismayed that a Political Action Committee, in this case the American Future Fund, is asking the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to over ride individual state laws that ban all robocalls, including political calls. There are many states in which robocalls, commercial and political, are banned. Indiana, Minnesota, Oregon and Arkansas are a few in which residents of those states live free from having their dinner interrupted and babies woken up.
Comments are due today to the FEC regarding this attempt by the AFF to over ride all existing state laws that ban pre-recorded telephone calls (robocalls).
The AFF's argument is that pre-recorded telephone calls are political speech and therefore should be regulated by the FEC rather than by individual states. This is because the FEC regulates other forms of political speech such as advertising, such as TV ads.
My organization, Citizens for Civil Discourse, will be filling formal written comments to the FEC today in which we ask that the FEC deny AFF's request.
We believe that each state has the right to regulate consumer issues and that the right to be free from automated pre-recorded telephone calls, regardless if they are political or commercial in nature, is something that every American demands.
For example, state traffic laws affect
campaigners going to and from events and gun laws are still applied to
campaigners at pro-gun rallies.
UPDATE: The press has just written about this issue.If you are interested, here is a link to a map of all state robocall laws. Click here.