GOP congressional candidate Nick Gerber of Moraga apparently didn’t get that memo about California’s largely unenforced ban on robocalls.
Someone filed a complaint online with the National Political Do Not Contact Registry — which has no legal standing — about two automated campaign calls he or she received from Gerber.
“Found his website and sent e-mail to his wife,” the unnamed person wrote. “(I) said I was reporting them to Do Not Call.”
The unhappy resident also wrote, “Stop this jerk. I’m going to look up who he’s running against and if the person is liberal, make a donation to keep this fool out of office!”
Gerber is running in District 10 against incumbent Rep. Ellen Tauscher.
As this resident has probably already figured out, Do Not Call does not care — it regulates commercial, not political calls.
In fact, given the popularity of political robocalls and the threat of a major legal fight over free speech, Gerber’s wife may be this aggrieved resident’s most sympathetic ear.
Read more for the full complaint form as forwarded to me from Sean Dakin, the registry founder:
Completed on 09/11/2008 at 07:29 pm CDT
Q1. Did you receive a political robo call?
Q2. Who made the call (campaign, candidate, organization)?
A2. 1. Nick Gerber on 9/4/08. Not even in this idiot’s district! Found his website and sent an email to his wife, said I was reporting them to DONOTCALL. Also reminded them ROBO c calls are illegal in CA.
2. Nick Gerber on 9/11/08 from 602-516-1050 – new message. Another DO NOT CALL report. Trying to find someone else to report them to. CA_DOJ? Electon board?
Q3. What telephone number originated the call? (If you have caller ID, you could find the number)
Q4. What was the date and time of the call, if known?
Q5. What was the content of the call, if known?
A5. First call blathered on about being a "fiscal conservative".
Some rant about some named Ellen(?).
2nd call did the usual conservative song & dance about "strenthening our boarders".
Q6. Do you know who paid for the call or who sponsored the call, if known? (usually at the end of the call)
Q7. Is there anything you would like to add?
A7. Stop this jerk. I’m going to look up who he’s running against & if the person is liberal, make a donation to keep this fool out of office!