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Anyone know how ot get off the telemarketing lists

Original post made by Tired of Phone Calls on Oct 30, 2010

I am so tired of all the political phone calls not to mention the slick flyers and card in the mail. Anyone know how to get my number off the lists for all of these candidates and issues. It is so bad that I am considering taking my name of the voter registry.

Comments (11)

Posted by dublinmike, a resident of Dublin
on Oct 30, 2010 at 11:19 am

dublinmike is a registered user.

Funny, I was just logging in to complain about the same thing. Here it is Saturday, 11:15 am and I've had it. This was the worse. It was someone calling about Whitman. I politely said no thank but he started to hard sell me! I hung up on him.

This past week I estimated about 20 calls but no one is one the line. So, who's dialer is not working right it's hard to say.


Posted by already voted, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 30, 2010 at 11:56 am

Just got a recorded call from former mayor Ken Mercer in support of Hosterman, Cook-Kallio, and Thorne.

I don't mind getting calls from volunteers, but paid callers and recordings bug me.

Check out this nonprofit aiming to stop political robocalls:

Web Link


Posted by Eliza, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 30, 2010 at 7:10 pm

I keep my phone off the hook and just use my cell phone. Occasionally when I put the phone back on the hook and it rings, I check the caller Id, if it's an unknown #, I pick up the receiver and drop it back down. Joan Buchanan was the absolute worst, calling everyday, so I am voting for her opponent. It will be the first time I've ever voted for a Republican.
I keep the recycle bin near my mailbox and drop all the flyers in it so they don't even come in the house. Is there anyone so ignorant that they would make a voting decision based on the propaganda that comes in the mail?


Posted by Maria, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 30, 2010 at 8:45 pm

"Is there anyone so ignorant that they would make a voting decision based on the propaganda that comes in the mail?"

Sadly, yes...

I DO use the ads in decision-making in that I look at who's paying for them (although Citizen's United has made that harder, what with all the front groups that are getting funds from undisclosed donors)


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 31, 2010 at 9:45 am

You can register your phone, cell phone with the national do not call registry, and if someone calls you after 30 days of registering, you report them and they get a fine:

Web Link

To stop unsolicited mail:

Web Link

Hope this helps.


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 31, 2010 at 9:48 am

"I DO use the ads in decision-making in that I look at who's paying for them (although Citizen's United has made that harder, what with all the front groups that are getting funds from undisclosed donors)"

You have to be careful. I got a mailer from Harmer saying he supports public education! I guess he forgot about his 2000 article saying he wanted to abolish public education (you can find it - SF Chronicle)

I also got a mailer from the teachers' union - full of incomplete truths.

So be careful, not everything you get in the mail can be trusted.


Posted by Karen, a resident of Birdland
on Oct 31, 2010 at 2:32 pm

I would just like to put this out there for our local candidates......

I REFUSE to vote for anyone who calls during the World Series.


Posted by mellow fellow, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 31, 2010 at 8:39 pm

This is what the Forum is all about ... as well as the city attorney disclosure


Posted by A Voter, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 1, 2010 at 9:32 am

We are on the no call list- have been forever. I should not have to sit through the inanae political messages to get a number to call and report temporary robomessages. I came home from a day out to 20+ messages on my home machine - only 3 of them were personal, the rest robo political messages from Clinton to Obama and who knows who else. Whitman and Harmer were the worst for us. So glad the polls close tomorrow - I may just unplug my home phone for the day.


Posted by Billie, a resident of Mohr Park
on Nov 1, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Unfortunately, political calls aren't covered by the Do Not Call Registry. See #29 on the web link. Web Link


Posted by Politico, a resident of Heritage Valley
on Nov 3, 2010 at 1:40 am

If you are receiving calls, it is because you listed your phone number on your voter registration card. Same goes for unsolicited campaign emails. This public information is provided to candidates. So, re-register and do not complete the phone and email boxes, which are optional. As for mail, no way to stop that unless you stop being a registered voter. Do not call and junk mail lists do not apply to political information.


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