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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

As Campaign Robocalls Blast Florida, Group Helps Citizens ‘Reverse Robocall’

Ahead of Tuesday’s primary, some Florida residents have been getting four or five presidential campaign robocalls a day.

Which is actually not so bad compared to the plague of calls that some voters in South Carolina got before that state’s primary earlier this month. There, some families reported getting ten calls a day.

Robocalls are exempt from the National Do Not Call registry. Some states ban them but don’t enforce the laws on their books.

But there is one option: reverse robocalling, where, if you receive a robocall, you can record your own and send it back to the candidate who sent you one.

It’s a business that was set up by Shaun Dakin, who is CEO and founder of the website reverserobocall.com, where there’s an explanation of what the group does:

Welcome to the Robocall Revolution. We believe that voters should have access to the same technology political groups use to get their message across; so we built a simple web-based robocall tool to literally give citizens back their voice in the political discourse. What better way to exercise your rights to to speech, than to actually speak truth to power?

ReverseRobocall.com provides voters an easy way to communicate with one or hundreds of politicians or political groups using the same technology politicians use, the robocall or automated phone call.

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