How to stop political robocalls

Political robocalls legal if made to landlines

MIAMI - It's clear robocalls from politicians strike a nerve with people, especially during the campaign season.

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"It's more of an annoyance than anything," Roger Strachan told Local 10's Jen Herrera. "I was wondering how they got my number."

"My reaction is to tell him it's 9:30. Go to hell. Don't disturb me," said Harvey Jones.

"I don't think they should be harassing people," said Maryanne Balavan.

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Anthony Bustamante, the campaign manager for Karen Harrington, who is running against Debbie Wasserman Schultz, said the robocalls work.

"They're great to get out the message if you have an event and you want to invite a lot of people. Great to raise name I.D.," said Bustamante. "It's a cost effective way to reach voter base without spending days or hours or a substantial amount of money."

What surprises many is that even if you're on the National Do-Not-Call list, these messages still get through.

"The Do-Not-Call prohibitions do not apply to political calls to landlines," said attorney Scott Owens.

But it's a different story if you receive one of these calls on your cellphone.

"Well, it's quite annoying and certainly you're not going to get my vote by sending me a robocall or an unsolicited text message," said Owens. "Not only that, but as an attorney, I know that it is indeed illegal to be sending me such unwanted messages."

For those who want to stop receiving the robocalls, Harrington's campaign suggests calling back the number on your caller ID and asking them to be taken off the list.

"We don't want to annoy anybody by any means. We just want to introduce ourselves to them," said Harrington.

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