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UPDATE 4.00am EST - it's definitely a coordinated campaign. See full update inside

I'm compiling information about the robo-calls, starting with a list of congressional districts that have received robo-calls to suppress the vote. We can use this list to prove that the NRCC is systematically suppressing the vote nation-wide in a coordinated campaign.

We can stop these calls, and one of the ammunition we need is detailed and complete evidence that it's happening everywhere. Also, it would be nice if we could get leaked NRCC emails (etc) showing it's a co-ordinated, centralized campaign. And perhaps shut down the company that's running the calls? Who is it? I can dream....

UPDATE 1.30am EST - it appears the calls are coming from CONQUEST COMMUNICATIONS GROUP -- contact details inside!

Anyway, the list, forthwith, below the fold. PLEASE CONTRIBUTE IN THE COMMENTS. I will be adding to the list as long as I can stay up.

The races with confirmed fake robo-calls so far are: CA-04, CA-50, CT-04, CT-05, FL-13, GA-12, ID-01, IL-06, IL-08, KS-02, NC-11, NH-02, NY-19, PA-06, WA-05.


List of districts with vote-suppressing calls (????? indicates I need info!)

  • CA-04 - against Charlie Brown - by (R) Doolittle - AG Bill Lockyer - LINK
  • CA-50 - against Francine Busby - by (R) Bilbray - AG Bill Lockyer - LINK
  • CT-04 - against Diane Farrell - by ???? - AG Richard Blumenthal - LINK
  • CT-05 - against Chris Murphy - by NRCC - AG Richard Blumenthal - LINK
  • FL-13 - against Christine Jennings - by NRCC - AG Charlie Crist - LINK
  • FL-16 - ?????
  • GA-08 - ?????
  • GA-12 - against John Barrow - by ? - LINK
  • IA-03 - ?????
  • ID-01 - against Larry Grant - by ???? - AG Lawrence Wasden - LINK
  • IL-06 - against Tammy Duckworth - by NRCC - LINK
  • IL-08 - against Melissa Bean - by NRCC - LINK LINK
  • KS-02 - against Nancy Boyda - by ???? - AG Phill Kline - LINK
  • KY-02 KY-04 - ?????
  • MI-07 - against Sharon Renier - by ???? - LINK - NB this is an impersonation, different M.O.
  • NC-11 - against Heath Shuler - by ???? - Attorney General Roy Cooper - LINK
  • NH-02 - against Paul Hodes - by NRCC - LINK
  • NY-19 - against John Hall - by NRCC - LINK LINK
  • NY-25 - ?????
  • NY-26 - ?????
  • PA-06 - against Lois Murphy - by NRCC - Attorney General Tom Corbett - LINK
  • VA-02 - ?????
  • WA-05 - against Peter Goldmark - by "unknown harasser" - AG Rob McKenna - LINK
  • WI-08 - ?????


  • IL-06 - against Tammy Duckworth - LINK
  • NY-19 - against John Hall - LINK

The recordings both exhibit the same phrase "XYZ is wrong on taxes" in the conclusions.

Source of calls:

Could be Conquest Communications Group, of Richmond, Va. according to several news stories (e.g. LINK one, LINK) based on FEC filings. Communications Group: 2812 Emerywood Parkway, Suite 103, Richmond, Virginia 23294. - PHONE (804) 358-0560 - FAX (804) 213-0797

Conquest managers:

  • Victor A. Gresham (founding partner)
  • David S. Johnson (founding partner) (used to work for NRCC)
  • Winfree W. Chewning, Jr. (SVP)
  • Broc B. Johnson (Sr. Account Rep.)

Broc Johnson contact info (probably the responsible manager):

  • (804) 358-0560 (Office)
  • (804) 683-3467 (Cell)

Contact your Attorney General: list at INCLUDES PARTY AFFILIATION.

Previous variation on this theme - in 2005! see this post by KOS in 2005 against Tim Kaine (VA-Gov) by Kilgore. Also pretending to be NARAL: LINK

Please provide a link to a news story/ blog post/ dkos diary / comment!

They're supposed to be doing this in 53 districts - can we find evidence for all of them, tonight? What other hard data can you provide!

UPDATE 4.00am EST: Here's what I can say now with confidence: This is a single, national, co-ordinated campaign by the NRCC and Conquest Communications Group. It covers 15 known districts across the country. Many of the calls begin with the phrase "Hi. I'm calling with information about [Dem candidate]", call back many times, and call at night / very early a.m. Many people receiving the calls are complaining to the (innocent) Dem candidate. I'm going to bed now for a while.

If you want to do something, start with this diary by G2geek where there's lots of action items in the diary and press contacts in the comments.

ACTION ITEM: If you're feeling adventurous, GO TO CONQUEST'S OFFICE in Richmond, Virginia, and try to find out the truth - take your video cameras! BE POLITE! Best to do this EARLY MORNING to get maximum surprise value. Bring the press!!!!!

Also, definitely contact your state AG, because they are most likely to be able to do something quickly in terms of legal action/injunctions. Focus on the Democrat AGs (see the list for affiliations)

Let's all pile on this one! If you have any more hard data, post it and I'll add it to the diary as soon as possible (like when I pull myself out of bed... maybe at 10 am EST).

Update 2.30pm EST: Added GA-12. Also, is this a form of IDENTITY THEFT? Sounds like a good frame to me!!!

Update 3.15pm EST: For New York state: debcoop has reporters who want to talk to anyone who has received these robo-calls identity thefting Dem candidates. see her diary if you have. Her email is

It would appear Broc Johnson at Conquest is the responsible manager (see above) - get the media to call him...

Thanks for all the data. Keep it coming!


Originally posted to sbwoodside on Sun Nov 05, 2006 at 09:29 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  IL-06 against Duckworth (10+ / 0-)

    "I'm calling with information about Tammy Duckworth."

    I believe similar calls are being made in IL-08, against Bean.

  •  i have a cell phone (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    peraspera, AllisonInSeattle, docangel

    which has been blissfully silent! but I appreciate that this is an important and useful diary. thanks.

  •  NY-19 is by the NRCC (12+ / 0-)

    link to the actual robo call is availablehere

    The call is paid for by the NRCC and they keep calling back 7+ times.

    -- MrMacMan

    Its time to boot Sue Kelly out of office.

    by MrMacMan on Sun Nov 05, 2006 at 09:35:45 PM PST

    •  several voters told me (1+ / 0-)
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      they had received a lot of calls when I was canvassing yesterday in NY-19. of about fifty I spoke to, maybe 7 or so mentioned it. One said they called early in the am.

      an ambulance can only go so fast - neil young

      by mightymouse on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:49:34 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  many Hall supporters were getting these (4+ / 0-)

      Made quite a few canvassing calls for John Hall over the weekend, and many of the people on my lists — all of them previously-identified Hall supporters, were receiving 6 or 7 repeated calls, including late at night.  I had to deal with quite a few irate voters, including many older people who were simply steaming about the calls.  I was careful to explain (when I could get a word in) that Hall's campaign does not do robo-calling and that these calls were being placed to Hall supporters by Republicans.

  •  a look at the NRCC expenditures ought to tell you (15+ / 0-)

    they're itemized under "phone banks" - any NRCC buy listed as opposing a candidate. count 'em up - i bet you'll get 53.

    •  great info here... (16+ / 0-)

      Judging from these expenditures, these 20 districts are likely all being targeted (NRCC + OPPO + CONQUEST + PHONE BANKS):

      CT-04 CT-05
      FL-13 FL-16
      GA-08 GA-12
      IL-06 IL-08
      KY-02 KY-04
      NY-19 NY-25

      •  excellent! (8+ / 0-)

        I just added them in with ?????s -- now to find links / accounts of the robo-calls in those districts....

      •  not only Conquest (2+ / 0-)
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        pb, peraspera

        Look at any money spent by the NRCC on "phone banks."  Conquest is not the only robocall operation out there.

        •  broadening the field... (5+ / 0-)
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          exNYinTX, G2geek, Elise, subtropolis, isis2

          Of course, not all robocalls are created equal, but that would add these:

          CA-11 CA-50
          IN-03 IN-09
          NY-20 NY-24 NY-29
          OH-01 OH-02 OH-15
          PA-04 PA-08 PA-10

        •  According to the Oct 06 FEC filing (11+ / 0-)

          There are three companies contracted at the end of October to provide "Phone Banks".

          They are:

          Conquest Communications, Richmond VA
            8 oppo campaigns:
           Brown, GA-04
           Marshall, GA-08
           Mahoney, FL-16
           Lucas, KY-04
           Murphy, PA-06
           Bean, IL-08
           Shuler, NC-11

          Direct Strategies, Tallahassee, FL
            5 oppo campaigns:
           Arcuri, NY-24
           Wulsin, OH-02
           Murphy, PA-08
           Carney, PA-10
           Burner, WA-08

          Feather Larson & Synhorst DCI
            3 oppo campaigns
           Walz, MN-01
           Madrid, NM-01
           Courtney, CT-02


          1.) Are the scripts of these robo-calls the same, no matter what company has produced them? This indicates that this is a definite tactic by the NRCC, conceived at their headquarters, not something developed by the marketers.

          2.) The individual campaigns must know that these phone-banks operations were contracted, although they probably didn't anticipate that they were being hired to do voter suppression. Each campaign office should be contacted immediately so that they can do ground work to counteract the pernicious effect. Are there Kossacks in each one of these districts who will make the calls RIGHT THIS MINUTE? Please sign up if you will.

          3.)  The Dem national committee should be contacted immediately, as well. It may be too late for ads to be filmed, but surely slots in each one of these districts could be used to carry a message from the Dem candidate about these dirty tricks.

          4.) I'm no lawyer. Can an injunction be obtained in thse cases, which would order these agencies to halt  their robo-calls?

          5.) The cost of these robo-call campaigns isn't high, although the fines that may accrue to the NRCC may be. The problem is, of course, that they don't care how much they have to pay after they've won. This tactic is being used in 15 districts, which is the number that the NRCC believes it needs to hold the House. These are the 15 districts that they believe are so close that voter suppression tactics can change the outcome.

          These are the battleground districts. GOTV efforts should "flood the zone" in these 15.

          What can those of us not living in the states where this is happening do to help?

      •  how much $$$$ for each one? (2+ / 0-)
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        pb, AllisonInSeattle

        Can you list that? Then we can guess at how many people they called.

        •  hard to estimate (3+ / 0-)
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          pb, snakelass, kidneystones

          Cost for telephone time could be as low as a fraction of a cent per minute, depending on the deal the get from their carrier.  And chances are they are getting a good deal indeed.  

          Cost for the tele-robot that makes the calls: the basic CPU could be about $3k.  That's $1k for the central processor and $1k each for two T1 or PRI cards, which would be enough to generate 200,000 calls per hour.

          Cost for staff:  One person can run all of this part-time, figure they're paying their geek $80k per year or perhaps more to buy someone who's loyal and won't blab.  

          I have a few ideas I want to run by you privately.  If you post an email address, I'll get in touch.  

      •  PA-04 (0+ / 0-)

        I've been getting robocalled re: PA's 4th District (Hart v. Altmire).  It is the same model as the other.  Starts out with a statement about Altmire and then attacks him for a while.  Paid by the NRCC.  They just called ten minutes ago and I also got this call over the weekend.

        Funny thing - I don't live in that district.

    •  Conquest's Huge Client List (11+ / 0-)

      Can't find a single Dem candidate or entity in the lot:

      Here are a few of the red flaggers from the huge list:

      Allen, George (VA-USS)- Whaddyaknow?!?!
      Arizona Republican Party
      Arkansas Republican Party
      Bartlett, Roscoe(MD-CD6)
      Colorado Christian Coalition
      Colorado Republican Party
      Corker, Bob (TN-Chattanooga Mayor) - AHEM!
      Cuyahoga Co. (OH) GOP
      Davis, Tom (VA-CD11) - Figures!
      Fairfax County (VA) Republican Committee
      Family Research Council
      Gunowners of America
      Huckabee, Mike (AR-Gov)
      Illinois Republican Party
      Judicial Watch
      Leadership PAC (VA)
      Loudoun Co. (VA) Republican Party
      Louisiana Gambling Alert  (Abramoff connection!!)
      Massachusetts Republican Party
      McCain, John (US-Pres)
      Michigan Republican Party
      Mississippi Republican Party
      National Pro-Life Alliance
      National Republican Congressional Committee (BINGO!)
      Calvert County (MD) Republican Central Committee   National Republican Senatorial Committee (BINGO!!)
      National Right-to-Life Committee
      Nevada Republican Party
      New Hampshire Republican Party
      New Jersey Republican Pro-Life Coalition
      New Majority PAC (VA)
      New Mexico Republican Party
      New York State Republican Committee
      North Carolina Republican Party
      Ohio Republican Party
      Patriots' PAC
      Pennsylvania Republican Party
      Prince William Co. (VA) Republican Committee
      ProLife Foundation of New Jersey
      Republican Central Comm of Maryland
      Republican Comm. of Washington Co., MD
      Republican National Committee - No surprise there!
      Republican Party of Alaska
      Republican Party of Florida
      Republican Party of Kentucky
      Republican Party of Virginia
      Republican Renewal (LA)
      Republican Senate Campaign Committee (OH)
      Reynolds, Tom (NY-CD28) - Hello, hello!!
      Shaw, Clay (FL-CD22)
      Shelby, Richard (AL-USS)
      South Carolina Republican Party
      Target PAC
      Tennessee Republican Party - Ding, ding ding!!
      Tennessee Right to Life
      TN GOP, Victory 2004
      Vermont Republican Party
      Virginia Christian Coalition
      Virginia League of Conservation Voters
      Virginia Victory Fund
      Virginians for Conservative Values
      Virginians for Free Enterprise
      Virginians for Jerry Kilgore PAC
      Wal-Mart - NATCH!
      West Virginia Republican Party

  •  Don't Forget (7+ / 0-)


    There are two Front Page stories tonight about NRCC in NH.  You saw them right?

  •  Keep this diary up! Recommend it! n/t (7+ / 0-)
  •  Research and Publish CEO & Officers' Contact Info (7+ / 0-)

    Perhaps we should draw upon a tactic that has been used in the past, by researching the contact information of the CEO and other lead executives & board of directors of Conquest Communications Group, publishing their information online and calling en masse to let them know that Americans will not tolerate them undermining the democratic election process through harrassment, voter suppression, and other disruptive and unethical  behavior!

    •  Link to Bios of Founding Partners (5+ / 0-)
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      pb, peraspera, ctsteve, G2geek, nom de paix

      Management Bios of the Founding Partners can be found here

      •  better copy the data here (2+ / 0-)
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        pb, G2geek

        because they'll take it down as soon as they realize what's going on....

        •  Bios full text - OMIGOD READ THESE (26+ / 0-)

          From page above:

          Management Bios:

          Victor A. Gresham
          Vic Gresham is a founding partner of Conquest Communications Group. Gresham also serves as president of Bold Stroke Associates, a full-service strategic consulting, message development and management firm.

          Few, if any, other tele-contact experts have the experience and successful track record of Vic Gresham in American politics, on either side of the aisle. For almost a quarter century, Gresham has been an innovator and leader in putting technological advances to work for Republican and conservative causes. Gresham has consulted or managed numerous statewide campaigns, and is widely viewed as an expert in convention floor management and intra-party campaigning.

          In the early years of Ronald Reagan’s presidency, Gresham served as Political Director for the National Conservative Political Action Committee, NCPAC. In 1984 Gresham left NCPAC to work on President Reagan’s reelection effort, where he planned and managed voter registration and ID/GOTV programs. Under his management of these programs, more than 50,000 new voters were registered and more than 600,000 Virginians were contacted for the purposes of determining their preference in the presidential election. Soon after the presidential campaign, Gresham was named Vice President of Bryant Seaman Voter Communications.

          In 1989 Vic opened his own voter contact firm. Utilizing bar-code technology, Gresham developed the first rapid data entry system for information gathered via voter identification calls. Gresham’s ability to put usable data in the hands of campaigns less than 24 hours after the data was collected brought his firm to the attention of the National Republican Congressional Committee’s political division, and he was contracted to handle voter identification and turnout for four special Congressional elections soon after his company opened its doors.

          In 1997, Gresham founded Conquest Communications Group. Before the end of the 1998 election cycle, Conquest was recognized throughout national Republican circles as a nationwide leader in tele-contact services.

          Gresham is a frequent lecturer on the topics of political strategy and direct voter contact. His Campaigns & Elections magazine analysis of the 1998 elections entitled, “Why Conservatives Didn’t Turn Out,” has been incorporated into the book, “The Enduring Debate: Classic and Contemporary Readings in American Politics.” Gresham, who resides in Henrico County, Virginia, has three children.

          David S. Johnson
          Dave Johnson is founding partner of Conquest Communications Group. He is also a partner in Bold Stroke Associates, a full-service strategic consulting, message development and management firm. During his nearly three decades of political activity, Johnson has dealt with Republican campaigns and party organizations in virtually every state in the union.

          Prior to founding Conquest and Bold Stroke, Dave served as Executive Director of the Republican Party of Virginia for three years. During Johnson’s tenure, a Republican was elected to the Governorship for the first time in 12 years and the GOP ended its minority status in the State Senate for the first time ever.

          Johnson also oversaw the production, budgeting and media relations for the two largest political conventions in terms of voting delegates in American history (15,000 delegates and guests and nearly 1,000 members of the media were credentialed in 1994).

          Prior to joining RPV, Dave was with the National Republican Congressional Committee in a number of capacities for eight years. During the 1992 election cycle, he served as Political Director for the northern half of U.S. Early in the '92 cycle, Dave served as Director of Candidate Recruitment. His efforts in that post were successful, as the GOP saw its best recruitment cycle in history for Congressional Republicans to that time.

          Also at the NRCC, Johnson was a regional field representative in the Northeast ('87 '88) and South ('89 '90), and a Research Analyst / Earned Media Specialist in the Western states ('85 '86).

          Johnson, a graduate of the American University in Washington, DC, lives in the Varina section of Henrico County, Virginia, with his wife Jennifer and their three sons. He is a member of the Vestry of Varina Episcopal Church, and has twice been elected to the position of Senior Warden. He has also served as the chairman of the church’s stewardship campaign, as a Sunday School teacher and as its delegate to the annual Virginia Diocesan Council. Johnson is a former board member and treasurer of the Anirav Swim Club and Vice President of the Board of Trustees of Good Shepherd Episcopal School. He serves on the Baseball / Softball Council of the Varina Athletic Association (a Babe Ruth baseball affiliate) as Vice President for T-ball. He has also coached YMCA youth soccer and basketball.

          In 2001, Dave was appointed to Virginia’s Small Business Advisory Council by then-Governor James S. Gilmore III.

          Johnson is a member of the American Association of Political Consultants and a member of the Executive Board of the National Association of Republican Campaign Professionals. He served as a Delegate to the 1996 and 2000 Republican National Conventions. He is the former Chairman of the Third Congressional District Committee of the Republican Party of Virginia, and served on the Rules Committee of the 2000 Virginia Republican Convention.

          Johnson is a native of the Virginia Peninsula, where he first got involved in Republican politics by volunteering for the congressional campaign of Paul Trible in 1976. He is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, and a former Virginia State President and former member of the senior national board of management of the National Society, Children of the American Revolution.

          Winfree W. Chewning, Jr.
          Win Chewning, Senior Vice President, has been with Conquest since its founding. In addition to being the primary contact for Conquest’s private sector clients, Chewning oversees the Call Center Operations staff. He has directed the design and deployment of all four of Conquest’s unique direct contact center setups.

          Chewning has extensive experience designing and implementing fundraising programs for all levels of organizations, and has spoken at fundraising and tele-contact seminars across the country. Chewning also takes the lead at Conquest in preparing collected data for analysis, and he has extensive training in the SPSS statistical analysis software package.

          Prior to joining Conquest, Chewning was a small businessman who served as president of his area’s retail merchants’ association, and developed marketing strategies for the local business community. He also served for a number of years in management for Richmond-based Best Products, Inc.

          Chewning holds a B.A. in psychology from The University of Virginia, and has been published twice on the subject. He is a member of the National Association of Republican Campaign Professionals. Chewning, his wife Susan and their two children are active members of the West End Assembly of God.

          Broc B. Johnson
          Broc Johnson, Sr. Account Rep., is a veteran of statewide campaigns in Virginia. He assists Conquest’s political, non-profit and association clients with message consulting and direct contact program development. Johnson also serves as vice president of Bold Stroke Associates, a full-service strategic consulting, message development and management firm.

          Johnson has served as a legislative aide to members of the Virginia House and Senate, and was responsible for many of the Virginia GOP’s successes in 1993 as a field representative for the Republican Party of Virginia. Before returning his professional focus to politics with Conquest in 2001, Johnson was a highly successful realtor in Northwestern Virginia. From 1996-2001 he averaged in excess of $4 million per year in sales and was awarded the Blue Ridge Association of Realtors Salesperson of the Year award in 1999. Prior to that, Broc was with the sports marketing firm of Sports Productions, Inc. While at SPI, he was responsible for the planning, marketing and promotions of sporting events including NBA, MLB, NHL, and college basketball games.

          Broc has an extensive resume of community involvement which includes:

             * Board of Directors and Chairman, Governmental Affairs Committee, Glen Burnie Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
             * President’s Roundtable, Shenandoah University
             * Planning Commission, City of Winchester 1999-2001
             * Board of Directors, Blue Ridge Association of Realtors 1997-2001
               Chairman, Legislative and RPAC Committees
             * Commerce Volunteer Fundraiser, United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Volunteer Award 1998, 1999
             * Board of Zoning Appeals, City of Winchester 1996-1999
             * Parks and Recreation Board, City of Winchester 1987-1988

          Broc is a native of Winchester, VA. He graduated with honors in Political Science from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. He and his wife Katherine, who attends the Medical College of Virginia, live in Richmond, Virginia.

    •  Video tracking? (5+ / 0-)
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      pb, sacrelicious, sbwoodside, isis2, glbTVET

      Can we start with video trackers at their Richmond, Virginia, headquarters?  Maybe they will have a "macaca moment".  And of course, support and assistance from sympathizers on the inside couldn't hurt.

  •  good diary, lets source back to it tomorrow (3+ / 0-)
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    pb, AllisonInSeattle, Bouwerie Boy

    Someone should pee on this man. Richard Pombo

    by ucla grad102 on Sun Nov 05, 2006 at 10:51:52 PM PST

  •  CA-30 (2+ / 0-)
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    pb, peraspera

    You asked me what district here.

    Black by popular demand!

    by fabooj on Sun Nov 05, 2006 at 11:03:09 PM PST

  •  Iowa - Likely Per Mar Security & Research (4+ / 0-)

    When Barry Jackson (now White House dirty tricks operator) was in Iowa, PER MAR Security and Research, Davenport, was the phone banks they used.  That was mid 1980s.  South Afican BOSS money was funneled through Right to Life.

    I wrote all this up as news back then. They were working for Roger Jepsen, who lost to Tom Harkin.

    Jepsen's pal Kenneth Jernigan, was head of Iowa Coalition for the Blind.  Jernigan had weapons, including hand grenades, stocked in a blind advocacy group's offices.  I wish I were kidding. We laughed at them as "the Blind Republican Army."

  •  Is the long pause edited out of those clips? (1+ / 0-)
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    The calls are repugnant, naturally, but I downloaded both of the audio clips and there is no real pronounced pause between the candidate's name and the beginning of the smear.

    (-2.38, -3.28) Independent thinker

    by TrueBlueDem on Sun Nov 05, 2006 at 11:52:26 PM PST

  •  Putting a name and a face to voices (3+ / 0-)
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    nomes, G2geek, Annalize5

    Can we put a name and face to the robocall voices?  I bet we can disseminate get enough audio that someone will be able to ID them fairly soon, especially if Air America and others (Rosie/Oprah?) air samples?

    •  I just listened to the 4 recorded calls (1+ / 0-)
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      and they all sound like different people to me.

      •  sure, different Conquest employees (2+ / 0-)
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        HollywoodOz, kidneystones

        Believe me that is very very easy to do.  Just get a handful of your employees to each record a few of those messages.  Now suddenly it appears as if you have different messages from different groups.  

        If these robocall machines operate like most commercial voicemail systems, you can record the messages by dialing in from another extension in the office.  Otherwise they might have a jack for a microphone.  Either way, same result.  

  •  Great work here, keep it up. (0+ / 0-)

    I'm glad to see all this info coalesce so soon. Rapid response Kossacks to the rescue!

    I would rather die of thirst than drink from the cup of mediocrity.

    by VaMPKiSS1 on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 12:07:16 AM PST

  •  Gimme ACTION LINKS and PLEASE CLARIFY (2+ / 0-)
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    mataliandy, jkilkullen

    Are we just supposed to add to the list if we know about robocalls?

    Or are we going to take some pro-active steps?

    Oh, PLEASE let us know at the top of the diary:

    How to Take Action that helps our candidates

    [or is DKos a dust-gathering history site?]

  •  My brother in law (2+ / 0-)
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    AllisonInSeattle, Iowa Boy

    said he got a robo call against clair mccaskill in MO.  I will ask him about it as soon as I'm able (it's middle of night there).  I know that he listened to the whole thing...

  •  Getting lots of these (1+ / 0-)
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    from both parties. I thought using any kind of auto-dialer to contact a cellphone was illegal per FCC?

  •  Number to call to be removed from NRCC lists (5+ / 0-)

    Why not keep THAT busy?

    Cell phones give us that opportunity, don't they?

    Be good to each other. It matters. Bill Sali

    by AllisonInSeattle on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 01:42:51 AM PST

  •  Number to call to be removed from NRCC calls (5+ / 0-)

    Voters can be removed from NRCC call lists by calling (202) 479-7000.

    From one of the articles. Might be good to call them there, too. Keep someone busy, salaries burning.

    Be good to each other. It matters. Bill Sali

    by AllisonInSeattle on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 01:47:57 AM PST

  •  Full frontal weekend ad blitz giving the number (2+ / 0-)
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    bara, Iowa Boy

    & instructions to be removed from the NRCC phone list sponsored by the Democratic party would be a very smart community service. Highlights culprits & shows the voters the Democratic party can help fix problems for them, the voters.

    I take a vow to never bow to the thought police (Neil Young - Living With War)

    by wizardofOZ on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 02:54:47 AM PST

  •  voter suppression in Virginia also (3+ / 0-)
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    ctsteve, Nina, kestrel9000

    although so far none of these robocalls

    read about what we do know here

    Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH!

    by teacherken on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 02:58:30 AM PST

  •  Make this a headline story nationally! (4+ / 0-)
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    ctsteve, artebella, Winnie, global citizen

    This is a national issue that needs national attention.  We need Dean, Rahm, and as many others as possible on every news show they can get on to tell people that these calls are not coming from Dems, their candidates, or anyone associated with us.

    If we can quickly get the word out that this is another Republican dirty trick it will backfire in a major way.  But we've got to get on the air with it!!!

  •  There hasn't been too much in NY-25. (0+ / 0-)

    Dan Maffai had a robo featuring Bill Clinton yesterday, and it wasn't too bad.

    Most of the robos have been pro-Maffai.  We haven't had any late nighter robos I am aware of.

    Walsh has not been campaigning hard, and is letting the media, the local pooh-bahs, and his terrific name recognition carry him along, and you see that this technique has worked very very well for him; the race is closer than usual but Walsh hasn't gone hard like when he was running against Wortley, many years ago.  So, I don't think he's had to phony robo call.

    Walsh has to go, there is no doubt that he's been there too long.

    At 9:35PM EST The Butcher's Bill for 11/05/06 is now at 2831 of our sons/daughters/brothers/sisters killed because of Bush's lies and incompetence.

    by boilerman10 on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 04:02:12 AM PST

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    by timber on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 04:14:26 AM PST

  •  Anti-Brown ads in Ohio? (2+ / 0-)
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    pb, Nina

    I received a phone message yesterday, as did many people I know here in Ohio, that started out by saying "I was hired by Sherrod Brown as....." and it then turned into her telling everyone about his hiring of someone who had a drug charge on her record.  Is this part of the same effort?  I don't know about the repeat calling because the message was left on my answering machine.

    "Words without actions are the assasins of idealism." Herbert Hoover

    by IngThing on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 04:29:40 AM PST

  •  There is a way to beat these callbacks (7+ / 0-)

    but no-one knows or seems to do it.

    When you realize it's a ROBO, put the phone down, let it finish, then hang up.

    Now, if they are calling back people who listened to the whole thing, we have more of a problem.

    And I want to know...  Why aren't ROBO calls just plain illegal?  They should be.

    -6.5, -7.59. Annoy a Conservative: Think for yourself.

    by DrWolfy on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 04:34:45 AM PST

  •  LA-03 Charlie Melancon (4+ / 0-)
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    pb, mataliandy, Nina, Tailspinterry

    My dad complained yesterday that he is getting these calls that he believes is "from" democrat Charlie Melancon. He says he has received about 5 different calls. The Republican challenger is Craig Romero. Unfortunately, they all came across his answering machine and he got pissed off and erased them. :(

    Has anyone else had any problems in LA-03? I'm trying to confirm if anyone else is having this problem in Louisiana.

  •  I don't get it (1+ / 0-)
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    What is illegal about negative robo-calls? Sure they're slimy, but we already know that.

    A big investigation into the communication group they are coming from? Who cares?

    The issue is what is in the calls, and if it's misinformation.

    •  Oh, never mind, my mistake (3+ / 0-)
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      pb, markymarx, ctsteve

      I see this is about calls falsely claiming to be from a Democratic source but really coming from the dark side.

      I think some of the commenters above though are mixing in negative robo-calls where the source is correctly identified.

      •  The source IS identified (0+ / 0-)

        in the calls I am aware of, but people usually hang up the phone before they get to that part.

        The message is quite obviously negative, if you listen to it.

        •  Which is then compounded (2+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          pb, isis2

          by the systems calling back, over and over again. So people who hang up experience something like:

          "Hi, I'm calling with important information about [Dem Candidate]"

          recipient hangs up

          "Hi, I'm calling with important information about [Dem Candidate]"

          recipient hangs up

          "Hi, I'm calling with important information about [Dem Candidate]"

          recipient hangs up

          "Hi, I'm calling with important information about [Dem Candidate]"

          recipient hangs up  ... while uttering a stream of obscenities about [Dem Candidate]

          "Hi, I'm calling with important information about [Dem Candidate]"


          They don't reach the end of the message, which states who made the call. All they know is that it's just before the election and someone was pestering them about [Dem Candidate]. They're assuming it's [Dem Candidate] annoying them, and they're getting pissed off.

          This is a variation of what was done in NH and Iowa during the 2004 Presidential campaign, where calls were being made  in the middle of the night to remind voters (who were pissed about being woken up in the middle of the night) to vote for Howard Dean.

          Beware the everyday brutality of the averted gaze.

          by mataliandy on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 10:41:18 AM PST

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    •  In NH, if you are on the National (2+ / 0-)
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      pb, isis2

      Do Not Registry, even political robocalls are banned.

      It's a $5,000 fine for each instance. Imagine, the NRCC supporting the State of NH that way.

      Helps to lower my taxes.

      NHDP Coordinated Campaign Manchester Office Phone: 625-0010 Address: 379 Elm St. Hampton Office Phone: 929-7007 Address: 356 Lafayette Rd.

      by shpilk on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 08:48:53 AM PST

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  •  Is it Blankenship? (0+ / 0-)

    Is this Don Blankenship of Massy energy financing the robocalls?

    I ran across this Oct 1 article that seems to suggest that Don Blankenship of Massey Energy is the underlying sponsor of the robocall campaign:

  •  NY Times frontpages robocalls-blames Repugs (7+ / 0-)


    blames republicans

    in the print edition it is on the front page on the fold.

    Help make NYC Republican free; volunteer for Steve Harrison NY-13 against Vito Fossella.

    by DrSteveB on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 05:28:10 AM PST

    •  this is only part of the problem... (2+ / 0-)
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      Norm DePlume, nom de paix

      this NYT article doesn't talk about the ads we're focusing on. it's talking about push-poll calls paid for by some Republican 527. we're talking about the NRCC ones that misrepresent which candidate is calling and attempt to suppress voting by tricking you into thinking the democratic candidate is doing these annoying calls, and call back when you hang up.

      •  Not A Single Mention About Repeat Calls (1+ / 0-)
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        in that NYT article.  Not one.  In fact here's the obligatory "they both do it" paean to the right-wing:

        Even some Democratic strategists acknowledge that the distortions are no worse than the television and radio advertisements by both sides and that they probably do not cross any legal lines.

        I'm glad that the NYT is at least giving this issue some coverage, but their coverage is pretty weak in my opinion.  They view these robo-calls as just another variation of push polls when the primary objective of the NRCC is clearly to piss people off with repeated phone calls and have them think that the Dem candidate is responsible.

        I'm surprised the NRCC's contractors aren't doing more to mask the origin of these calls given the recent exploits in New Hampshire, and I'm surprised that after seeing James Tobin get a jail sentence (albiet way too light) there are still people willing to engage in this crap and subject themselves to litigation.  Okay, I'm not that surprised.

    •  Not "blame", "commends"? (2+ / 0-)
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      HollywoodOz, Norm DePlume

      The tone of the article is less, "Those horrible Republicans!" than "Those wonderful Republicans!"

      Per this article, robo-calls are

      • Technologically advanced over Dem efforts
      • No worse than your average TV ad

      They use "distort" throughout the article to mean "lie".

      It was less attacking the GOP for their efforts than commending them.

  •  GA 12 (5+ / 0-)
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    pb, sbwoodside, Nina, aphra behn, Tailspinterry

    We have gotten several robo calls that begin with a very cheery "Hi, let me tell you about John Barrow!" and then proceed to slime him.  As  someone stated above, you can tell they are not sponsored by Barrow if you hold on long enough. The question is, how many hang up after the first sentence?  We have also had quite a few calls lately in which disconnect as soon as we pick up the phone, and which we theorize are dysfunctional robo calls.  None ofthe calls have come after 9:00PM.

    "He had, in fact, got everything from the church and Sunday School, except, perhaps, any longing whatever for decency and kindness and reason." Elmer Gantry

    by MadRuth on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:03:37 AM PST

    •  GA: 12 "Free Enterprise Alliance' (2+ / 0-)
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      MadRuth, JuliaAnn

      I've heard of the robo-calls in GA-12 as well as a piece of anti-Barrow literature linking him to unions (which are slimed as "threatening" and "bribing" workers who are voting on whether or not to unionize.") It's incredibly deceptive: the cover says "Someone wants to take away your vote," making it look as if Barrow is trying to suppress voting (ha!)

      Anyway, the flyer comes from something called the "Free Enterprise Alliance" in Arlington, Virginia. Is there something about Virginia that breeds these slimy attack organizations?

      "This is a Revolution, dammit. We're going to have to offend SOMEbody!"--John Adams, *1776*

      by aphra behn on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:32:16 AM PST

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    •  any idea who they are from? (0+ / 0-)

      Sounds like the MO. Does it say at the end of the call who from? NRCC?

    •  I've been getting this every day ... (1+ / 0-)
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      for the last couple of weeks. I'll get home after work and there will be two or three of these (one day there were five) on my answering machine. All pretty much the same, except some using a woman's voice and others a male voice.

      noli, amabo, verberare lapidem ne perdas manum -- Plautus

      by fritzrth on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 12:27:29 PM PST

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  •  Has VA got loose regulation for businesses that (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    aphra behn

    make phone calls their priority?  A few years back, I was getting harassed by a bottom-feeder debt collection agency who got a hold of an identity theft credit card account someone opened in my name.  This company completely broke the law about what they could say they could do about it (like garnishing wages, repossessing property).  It seems like a majority of these robo call outfits are based there, too.

    I sent a complaint to the TX AG, at the time John Cornyn, and nothing was done.  If you contact your AG, do it by email, in writing and follow up.

    Also, send complaints to BBB & FCC, both can be done online and make sure to keep records and confirmation numbers for the complaints.

    FCC complaints

    BBB complaints

  •  NY-29 (2+ / 0-)
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    pb, Dreaming of Better Days

    I've received five phone calls from the NRCC (I have them on tape), but no telephone number is listed on my caller ID, ("out of area") except for the last call (213-627-2800, which is Los Angeles, CA; google search is not coming up with the name of the firm/person who "owns" that phone number).  These are not "repeating" robocalls.  Verbage of the first call on 10/27:

    Hi. My name is Scott and I’m calling with an important message about our upcoming congressional election.

    Our nation is now facing a crisis. The United States now serves as the home to eleven million illegal immigrants and the number grows every year. But instead of protecting our borders, Congressional Candidate Eric Massa opposes the immigration bill that would build a fence along the border with Mexico, force employers to verify the legal status of their workers, and toughen the penalties on illegal immigrants caught in this country.

    Eric Massa is wrong on illegal immigration and wrong for congress.

    Paid for by the National Republican Congressional Committee and not authorized by any candidate or (?) committee.

    I've received the following additional calls:

    10/30, from Sara, issue was taxes
    11/1, from Cheryl, issue was immigration
    11/3, from Sara, issue was social security
    11/4, from Sara, issue was "don't elect democrats - wrong on all issues

    All of these calls basically run on the same type of script as the first call, and all specifically against Massa.  I think it would be difficult in this case to make the connection where they were trying to initially trick you into thinking that the call was coming from the Massa Campaign.

    I did receive an email message yesterday, though, where others in this district may be receiving the repeating robocalls that did make you initially think that the call was coming from the Massa campaign; however, I don't have specific information to share on this at this time.

    The Rural Patriot - Proudly bringing home the facts to rural areas of western New York State.

    by Ellicatt on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:19:50 AM PST

  •  Just called PA-08 (1+ / 0-)
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    No news about robocalls there...that's a good thing.

    Deny My Freedom
    "Inconvenient truths do not go away just because they are not seen." -Al Gore

    by PsiFighter37 on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:26:38 AM PST

  •  Democracy Now just mentioned robo calls (10+ / 0-) an interview with NY Times editorial writer Adam Cohen discussing voter suppression techniques.  "The blogosphere this morning is full of reports about robo calls."  He and host Amy Goodman went on to discuss the tactics of robo calls and how the Republican national party is behind them.  

    We're being heard and starting to make a difference.  Keep up the great work, everyone!

    If the American people can't trust the electoral system to give them a fair result, then your democracy is broken. Period. - Febble

    by Eddie Haskell on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:41:04 AM PST

  •  NRCC robocall spreadsheet (3+ / 0-)
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    JuliaAnn, aphra behn, Tailspinterry

    I have a record from Independent Expenditures of all the robocalls that have gone out in the last few months. Because of the way it's formatted I can't easily put it up here but I'm happy to send you the information if you email me at kombiz - this is where at sign goes - gmail - put a period here -com

  •  NPR's Diane Rehm show is on this topic right now (8+ / 0-)

    If your local affiliate carries her show, tune in.  Great discusssion on robo calls going on this instant.  Give her a call and get on the air with your story!

    If the American people can't trust the electoral system to give them a fair result, then your democracy is broken. Period. - Febble

    by Eddie Haskell on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 07:10:14 AM PST

  • lets you robocall for free (1+ / 0-)
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    ...but you have to send an artsy recording before your message gets read to the person on the other end.

    It is pleasant, when the sea is high and the winds are dashing the waves about, to watch from the shores the struggles of another - Lucretius

    by snarkydonkey on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 07:14:25 AM PST

  •  Send a "e-post-card" to people you know (2+ / 0-)
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    JuliaAnn, chantedor

    Perhaps we focus on getting word directly to as many voters that we can.  -- People power, grassroots, netroots.

    If you know anyone in the districts listed above, please send an email right now. Let them know that the phone or "robo-" calls are trick.  

    Get the info to the water coolers.

  •  1-800-DEM-VOTE (7+ / 0-)

    Per Christy at Firedoglake:

    1-888-DEM-VOTE ... is the DNC's voter protection hotline, and the testimonials received will be the foundation for any legal action, as well as a reliable central repository for follow-up contact information.

    (emphasis mine)

    It's important that we get all this info collected in one place, so after you call the AG's office, call this number and give them your details as well.

    He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression. -- Thomas Paine

    by Leslie in CA on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 07:23:09 AM PST

  •  Vulnerable Seats (9+ / 0-)
    The List of the calls matches pretty well with the current list of at-risk Republican Seat from CQPolitics.

    The asteric indicates either a vacant seat or retiring member.  Seat receiving robo-calls are indicated in italics.

    Democratic Seats only Leaning Democratic -

    Ga. 8 -- Marshall
    Ga. 12 -- Barrow
    Iowa 3 -- Boswell
    Ill. 8 -- Bean

    Vt. AL -- Sanders*

    Republican Seats with a Democrat Favored -

    Ariz. 8 -- Kolbe*

    Leaning Democratic -

    Colo. 7 -- Beauprez*
    Fla. 16 -- vacant*
    Ind. 8 -- Hostettler
    Iowa 1 -- Nussle*
    N.Y. 26 -- Reynolds
    Ohio 18 -- vacant*
    Pa. 7 -- Weldon
    Pa. 10 -- Sherwood
    Texas 22 -- vacant*

    Seats with No Clear Leader -

    Ariz. 1 -- Renzi
    Ariz. 5 -- Hayworth
    Conn. 4 -- Shays
    Conn. 5 -- Johnson

    Fla. 13 -- Harris*
    Fla. 22 -- Shaw
    Ill. 6 -- Hyde*
    Ind. 2 -- Chocola
    Ind. 9 -- Sodrel
    Minn. 6 -- Kennedy*
    N.C. 11 -- Taylor
    N.H. 2 -- Bass

    N.M. 1 -- Wilson
    N.Y. 20 -- Sweeney
    N.Y. 24 -- Boehlert*
    Ohio 1 -- Chabot
    Ohio 2 -- Schmidt
    Ohio 15 -- Pryce
    Pa. 6 -- Gerlach
    Pa. 8 -- Fitzpatrick
    Wash. 8 -- Reichert
    Wis. 8 -- Green*
    Wyo. AL -- Cubin

    Seats Leaning Republican

    Calif. 4 -- Doolittle
    Calif. 11 -- Pombo
    Calif. 50 -- Bilbray
    Colo. 4 -- Musgrave
    Conn. 2 -- Simmons
    Idaho 1 -- Otter*
    Ky. 3 -- Northup
    Ky. 4 -- Davis
    Minn. 1 -- Gutknecht
    Neb. 1 -- Fortenberry
    Neb. 3 -- Osborne*
    Nev. 2 -- Gibbons*
    Nev. 3 -- Porter
    N.J. 7 -- Ferguson
    N.Y. 19 -- Kelly
    N.Y. 29 -- Kuhl
    Pa. 4 -- Hart
    Va. 2 -- Drake

    Clearly they are targeting key races and trying hold the house by knocking down the Democratic Vote where it will hurt the most.  56 Races are currently at stake - they've targeted 20 of them.

    They're other five (known) targets such as KS-02 or WA-05 seem a bit off base as those are both strongly Republican favored districts, but you never know - they might be weakening.


    •  Thanks - I've been telling every one it's tight (0+ / 0-)

      races where this is happening - but you just documented my impressionistic view.
       I know for sure how tight the Hall -Kelly NY 19 race is and guessed at the others.
         This information should get out to media asap.

      You don't get to keep democracy unless you fight for it.

      by artebella on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 10:47:57 AM PST

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  •  Can we get Caller ID's and fight back? (2+ / 0-)
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    JuliaAnn, Tailspinterry

    If we knew what numbers the calls were being made from, we might be able to call them over and over, tieing up their robo lines and making them less effective.

    "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." Dr. ML King, from a jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963.

    by bewert on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 07:36:18 AM PST

  •  What if dozens of people called Kelly's campaign (2+ / 0-)
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    mataliandy, shiobhan

    office over and over, playing the clip of the anti-Jon Hall message? Her staff says they have nothing to do with it, but I can't believe the RCCC would keep going if she asked them to cease.
       I am normally very opposed to tit-for-tat foolishness, but this tactic is a serious form of voter suppression and there is not time for legal means to neutralize it.

    ....the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. FDR 1933

    by Tailspinterry on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 07:43:59 AM PST

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    I will post this in C-Fla and see if anyone is getting these calls and what to do if they are.  I will let you know if it is happening here and I urge others to do the same!

    In the meantime, everyone make some noise!! Write the paper, email the DNC and demand the DNC leaders (Reid, pelosi, dean) start screaming about this!!

  •  Are the local media covering this? (1+ / 0-)
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    Are they saying "You know those robocalls you've been getting about Democrats? The Republicans are making them!" Are the campaigns making sure that their supporters know this is DIRTY TRICK by the enemy? Are the people who are going out there and bringing voters to the polls armed with the information about the calls so they can tell the people they pick up that it was the GOP using a nasty tactic?

    I have heart nothing about the response to these ads except that the NH AG has put a stop to some of them under NH law.

    Turn this against the GOP!

    •  Indianapolis Star had a frontpage blurb Mon. a.m. (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      aphra behn

      which is surprising for this Republian-biased rag. The article by local reporter didn't carry any teeth of responsibility to this halt practice, but did note the possiblity of voter fraud with machine ballots was getting national attention.  To be printed at all is unusal, for the big headlines went to Colt's victory.  Frontpage looked more like Sportspage.  

      •  Indiana: GOP fires telephone campaign company (2+ / 0-)
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        shiobhan, jkilkullen

        GOP fires telephone campaign company

        The Indiana Republican Party has fired a company that made recorded calls around the state on behalf of its candidates' campaigns.

        Marion County Democrats on Saturday had accused the Republicans of placing "robo-calls" after two voters provided voice mail messages asking them to vote for Brizzi in Tuesday's election. One complaint was filed Friday with Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter, a Republican.

        State GOP spokesman Robert Vane said this afternoon that after investigating, party officials fired Virginia-based Conquest Communications Group. They refused to pay the company because it was using recorded messages.

        "That is not what we contracted for," Vane said. The Republicans intended for all campaign calls to be conducted "100 percent live," he said, but instead the company used a live introduction followed by a recording.

        Efforts were being made to contact Conquest.

  •  Why can't we just call the cops? (0+ / 0-)

    Are the calls crossing state lines? Then call the FBI.
    Am I crazy, or is disenfranchising a citizen's vote illegal?

    For that matter, if you go to vote and the touchscreen flips your vote to the Republican competitor, then call 911. And sit down on the floor at your polling place until your vote gets counted for your candidate to your satisfaction.

    The previous approaches -- the fretting, the gathering of evidence, the anecdotal mentions in the press -- didn't work in 2000 and didn't work in 2004. Call the hotlines now. Start the paper trail with your local authorities now.  

    Raise a ruckus now!

    Don't confuse me with the truth.

    by Q Dog on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 08:18:29 AM PST


    I just want to know if someone else has done this... I'm thinking about picking up the phone myself to ask them to confirm or deny that they're involved.

  •  free expert witness if you sue them (5+ / 0-)

     I'm a qualified expert witness in this area of the telecommunications business and I'll happily appear if there is a need for my services.

    "Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise" - U.S. Constitution author and fourth President James Madison

    by Iowa Boy on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 08:22:57 AM PST

  •  Jonathan Alter on MSNBC (10+ / 0-)

    In an interview this morning on MSNBC, Alter explained what is going on with these calls.  He said they are made to sound like they are coming from Democrats but are actually paid for by the GOP.

    I was very happy to hear that this is getting out into the cable news.  Let's hope it hits the national news tonight.

  •  A way to fight back at the polling places (2+ / 0-)
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    lunacat, isis2

    In most States, you are allowed to distribute literature at the polling places. There is usually a mandatory setback between the voters queuing up, and it's illegal to approach people standing in line to vote.

    However, that being said, it is perfectly legal to have placards that say "Had an automated phone call about our candidate {insert name of candidate here}?

    And then prepare a broadsheet about the national nature of this dirty trick, and most importantly what ever LOCAL news coverage {be careful about copyright infringements} to bolster your case.

    This can be made to backfire in the faces of the Republicans, at least those that turn out at the polls. Some of those undecideds who got PO'ed at our candidates may not know the truth.

    NHDP Coordinated Campaign Manchester Office Phone: 625-0010 Address: 379 Elm St. Hampton Office Phone: 929-7007 Address: 356 Lafayette Rd.

    by shpilk on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 08:45:01 AM PST

  •  Dark Syde says not to worry about this (0+ / 0-)

    in his front-paged diary: "Expect fake press releases from non existent voters claiming that this robo call op or some other issue is changing people's minds."

    So who to believe here?  Are so many posting here and recommending this diary getting hysterical and overexaggerating, because the reports of robocalls changing people's minds are "fake"?

    "Let all the dreamers wake the nation." -- Carly Simon

    by Cream City on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 08:45:39 AM PST

    •  Don't Do This AGAIN.... (2+ / 0-)
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      Cream City, Annalize5

      ....It happened in Iowa & New Hampshire in 2004 during the primaries, and was witnessed by a television crew, and testified to by many voters at the time.  Nothing ever came from it because it was proven not to be one of the other Democratic campaigns, nor related to one of the other Democratic campaigns - leaving it to only be the RNC, interjecting themselves into OUR primary as to influence our choice - however there was no tangible proof that it was them, but c'mon.  Robocalling is VERY real, and is perhaps one of the dirtiest of the RNC's weapons in their arsenal.  Usually agree with Dark Syde, but not this time AT ALL.

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      by tkmattson on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 08:52:16 AM PST

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    •  The evident purpose (2+ / 0-)
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      artebella, isis2

      ... of robo-calls that a) seem to come from Dem candidates, and b) are highly obnoxious and invasive, is to make ill-informed voters disgusted with Dems. When DarkSyde warns not to believe fake press releases and testimonials from voters who switched away from Dem support because of the disgusting calls, he refers to people who have fallen into the Republican trap.

      There is no conflict between DarkSyde's advice and this diary.

      •  No, he says those testimonials are fake (0+ / 0-)

        since those giving them do not exist -- i.e., "non-existent voters."  

        So they could not have fallen into a trap, if they dod not exist -- whether or not the trap exists.

        He is saying that the stories -- not "press releases," of course, since nonexistent people cannot issue them, nor would "voters" be the ones to do so unless they are pr people who vote -- are lies.

        "Let all the dreamers wake the nation." -- Carly Simon

        by Cream City on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 09:38:17 AM PST

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  •  They bring a knife, you pull out an Uzi (1+ / 0-)
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    1.  Track down the source of the robo calls.
    1.  Hire some hard, pipe-hitting union thugs to pay the source a visit.
    1.  There is no step three.

    Basically, we just track these motherfuckers down and put 'em in the hospital.  The courts won't help us in time, the media doesn't care, and the voters are too stupid to realize what's happening.  It's up to us.

    I would never advocate violence, and certainly am not doing so now, but in an alternate universe, it would be the solution.

    "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

    by Subterranean on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 08:48:31 AM PST

  •  If Dems had a message we wouldn't (1+ / 3-)
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    pb, ctsteve, WarrenS

    have to worry about robo calls.  This is the last year I can support a party that waits for the other one to implode as there issue.

    •  nice Republican talking point (1+ / 0-)
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      Oh please.   That's always how an out-of-power party runs.  Always.  After the 1994 election, Republicans tried to pretend they had done otherwise, but really the Contract with America was a pretty vague document and a major focus of the election only in (made up) retrospect.  "Just a campaign stunt" is how Josh Marshall put it.

      •  The message is simple (1+ / 0-)
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        Crust want change, you think something is going wrong in the government?

        These guys have failed every time and they have not changed at all. They have not done a single thing right. We're going to go in there and we're going to stamp out the corruption, we're going to open those secrets and we're going to give you the people the information you need so we can put this country on a better direction.

        Will the Republicans do that? All they've done for the last 6 years is screw things up and hide it.

    •  That you, Karl? (1+ / 0-)
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      I guess you don't have a problem with people breaking the law?

      The GOP's the party for you.

      I can't give doughnuts, but I sure as hell can call you a douchebag.

      Also, grammar is your friend.

  •  Anyone registered with do not call dot gov? (2+ / 0-)
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    lunacat, isis2

    If you're registered at, it seems to me you're justified in filing a complaint against Conquest Communications Group for each robocall you receive. It's what I'm doing. They'll get a huge fine months from now, if they haven't dissolved by then.

    -9.0, -8.3. The point I just made is the most important point. -George W. Bush

    by SensibleShoes on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 08:58:45 AM PST

  •  Dems need to fight: "There they go again" (3+ / 0-)
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    There is still one news cycle (evening news tonight, morning papers tomorrow) before most people vote.  Democrats should be flooding the zone explaining the deceptive Republican robocalls and their multiple early morning / late night call backs designed to irritate people into voting against Democratic candidates.  This is important issue to set straight in itself obviously, but it also helps tie together Republican malfeasance in one neat package.  As Bob Somerby rightly says, "There they go again" are some of the most powerful words in politics.  Once you have a frame going -- Republicans are dishonest and will do anything to win -- it is very hard to dislodge.   Senior Democrats and candidates across the country who have been attacked with these robocalls should angrily and visibly denounce these tactics. They should explain how it is a part of a national campaign and a regular feature of how Republicans run elections.  There they go again.

  •  Here's a robo-call from the DCCC (1+ / 0-)
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    Just got it today. It's got a good message, getting out the 888-DEM-VOTE voter helpline, but to my ear the tone is pretty grating:

    1-888-DEM-VOTE pitch (mp3 file)

    They should do a better job with human factors IMO.

  •  Here's the guy responsible at Conquest Communic.. (0+ / 0-)

    Broc Johnson.

    Cell (804) 683-3467

    Give him a call and ask some questions.  He told me to complain to the attorney general of Virginia.

    Don't worry, the cell phone number is listed on his own site and can be considered a business number.  The number can be found here

    Just don't harrass the guy...

  •  Make a text message on your cell phone (1+ / 0-)
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    let people know what's going on.  Send to everyone on your list.  Tell them to forward the message to everyone on their list.
    Myspace bulletin also.  Tell your friends to repost.

  •  If the Enum protocol was enabled (1+ / 0-)
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    on you phone networks then robocalls would be dead.

    It allows you to filter and redirect phone calls based on caller IDs, also allowing scheduling windows for different callers and sorting callers into priority queues.  (Eg family friends business clients etc)

    What is the bet that repugs will block this internet/telco protocol?

  •  Obviously the DCCC should record (1+ / 0-)
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    some of these calls, & make commercials playing them & making it clear who's making them.  May be a bit late now though.  At any rate I certainly think there needs to be "advertising rapid response teams."

    It isn't like these dirty tricks can't be countered.

  •  I called the Times Herald-Record (9+ / 0-)

    Spoke to the Managing Editor.  They've assigned their reporter who's been covering the NY-19 race to investigate.  I stressed that, IMHO, not reporting until after the election is doing the voters a disservice.

    And I JUST got off the phone with that reporter, who has been working this story!

  •  Last Post on GOP Tactics and Stakes (0+ / 0-)

    I've been inspired by all of you this year, and here's my last post before election day itself:

    Nettertainment: Act III

  •  Didn't someone do this in 04 in NH? (0+ / 0-)

    And just go to prison?

    "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon

    by trashablanca on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 11:57:15 AM PST

  •  Can we.... (0+ / 0-)

    have people handing out literature at the polling place or having signs up with the simple statement "RNC is posing as Dem candidate xxxx in harassing phone calls--don't let them get away with it.  Vote Democrat"

  •  Add the NY-29 (0+ / 0-)

    to that list.

    by TheSalamander on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 12:59:44 PM PST

  •  Robo calls (0+ / 0-)


    Call the local television stations. In NYC they are always asking for viewers to call and send videos of things that they deem news. Call and if you can find anyone with a tape--give it to your local TV or radio station. Do it the way the Repug echo machine works. They send a story to Rupert's papers in London, then Drudge picks it up and then the MSM picks it up (or not) but I don't see how they can ignore this. Everyone, everywhere---call your local TV and radio stations to get the buzz going. Call Air America. (I'm at work and can't call). Bust em!!! Turn the anger people are feeling toward Dems for thinking it was the Dems who called to outrage over being tricked by those nasty little Repug worms -- who stop at nothing.

  •  OH-13 (1+ / 0-)
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    Sherrod Brown's old district, now open.

    My mother got hit this morning, thought it was the Democratic candidate calling her repeatedly. Decided to let the answering machine get her phone, but no messages were left.

    by Christopher Bair on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 01:05:48 PM PST

  •  cut the lines? (0+ / 0-)

    Hi all  --

     How about an "accidental" cutting of the lines at " Conquest Communications Group"

     Anyone got a backhoe... or a big truck they could drive into a telephone pole?

     You'd get a little jail time, but you'd save a bunch of Congressional seats.

     I don't think there is any other way to stop this situation.

      Imagine the number of calls that company is going to make tonight in the wee hours of the night.

      And no media outlet will be able to do a thing.  (unless there can be a big national news story today... right now!)

      And this story will fade into the noise of malfunctioning voting machines tomorrow.


  •  I'm guessing rosie o'donnel didnt' talk about (0+ / 0-)

    robocalls on her show.

    i was , however, one of the really bored ppl last night that emailed the ladies at The View to mention the robocall controversy.

    Someone should pee on this man. Richard Pombo

    by ucla grad102 on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 01:32:25 PM PST

  •  Conquest has hidden their website (0+ / 0-)

    but here's a link to some of it captured, or you can just grab it from the Google cache like I did.

  •  MD-SEN (0+ / 0-)

    I know Steele has been doing robocalls attacking Cardin on abortion.  I don't really have proof, but here are some links to blog posts about it:

    and Here
    and here as well

  •  Yes, in WI-08, too (delete question marks above) (0+ / 0-)

    From a Wisconsin blog:

    "Some of my family in Appleton have gotten some from the Republican side on the Congressional race.  Five a day all weekend.  All start with “Hear a message about Steve Kagen...”

    "Let all the dreamers wake the nation." -- Carly Simon

    by Cream City on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 02:02:15 PM PST

  •  Please confirm: these calls are all directed to (0+ / 0-)

    Dem voters?

    Someday the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. -- H.L. Mencken

    by CalDoc on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 02:55:52 PM PST

  •  Wolfe Blitzer (1+ / 0-)
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    just ran this (Finally, someone in MSM did) on "The Situation Room"  about the Tammy Duckworth campaign being robo called.  It wasn't covered as thoroughly as I'd like to have seen, but I'm surprised he bothered.  At least it's beginning to get out there. It was noted that "other campaigns may be getting these calls too"

    A burro is an a$$. A burrow is a hole in the ground. Now can you tell the difference?

    by second gen on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 02:57:35 PM PST

  •  Has anyone laid out (0+ / 0-)

    the list of districts where these calls appear to be focused against analysis of the closest districts?  If, as I suspect, they match up very closely, it would certainly bolster the claim that this is part of a concerted effort by the NRCC to switch or suppress votes which would otherwise be against their candidates.

    Also, is there any way to analyze what the likely vote inclination of th person called was BEFORE the call came in.

    If the pattern is that these calls seem to be suspiciously directed only at those most likely to vote against the GOP candidate that is again part of a clear pattern planned actions and not some random act.

    Free markets would be a great idea, if markets were actually free.

    by dweb8231 on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 02:57:59 PM PST

  • says he is interested (1+ / 0-)
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    Simon, Richard" <>  
    Subject:  RE: Republican RoboCall dirty tricks
    Date:  Mon, 06 Nov 2006 13:15:06 -0800

    Tnx for the message. I am looking into this.

    Help make NYC Republican free; volunteer for Steve Harrison NY-13 against Vito Fossella.

    by DrSteveB on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 02:59:08 PM PST

  •  Happening in Central florida--Charlie Crist (0+ / 0-)

    I was making calls for jim Davis, the gov. candidate, and one of the callers came in and complained about getting a message that said "Jim Davis has a message for you"....It was nasty.

    I have her email if you are interested.  EMAIL me at

  •  Tom Davis (R-VA) against Andy Hurst (D) (0+ / 0-)

    Davis made repetitive, harrassing and therefore felonious robocalls, too. Davis resorted to having taxpayers pay for his mailers, and then this. I guess he wasn't as confident of a win as his bloggers claim.

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