Melissa Bean Complains About Robo-Calls

As reported in Congressional Quarterly Politics December 6th, Congresswoman Melissa Bean wants automated political calls prohibited for those on the “do not call” list.

Here’s what the article says about her testimony:

Rep. Melissa Bean , D-Ill., testified that the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) spent roughly $60,000 to place more than 1 million robo-calls in her district in October and November 2006.

Bean, who won a second term with just 50.9 percent of the vote, said the calls were designed to leave the impression that they were sponsored by her supporters and not the NRCC.

The message began with a recorded voice stating that the call contained information about Melissa Bean. Some voters hung up and called Bean’s office to complain without listening to the entire message, which eventually identified the NRCC as the sponsor.

“They would describe how the calls woke up their babies, interrupted their dinner, kept leaving them messages on their cell phones that were received late at night or forced them to run to grab the phone, and all they would hear is ‘Hello, I am calling with information about Melissa Bean ,’ for the second, third, fourth time a day,” Bean told the subcommittee.

Apparently the congresswoman does not appreciate the difference between commercial speech and political speech—the most protected under the First Amendment.


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