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News : Oklahomans Reminded About Telemarketing Rules
Oklahoma City, June 13, 2014 -- Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt issued a reminder to Oklahomans and political campaigns about the rules governing telemarketing and prerecorded voice messages, or "robocalls." With primary elections less than two weeks away, campaigns have ramped up efforts to contact Oklahoma voters. This has led to an increase in consumer complaints to the Attorney General’s Office about possible violations of state and federal telemarketing laws.
"As election season gets into full gear, the frequency and volume of phone calls from campaigns to voters increases, which has led to more complaints received by the Attorney General’s Office regarding Oklahoma’s telemarketing laws," Attorney General Pruitt said. "While state and federal laws allow political campaigns to contact voters through such methods as ‘robocalls,’ there are rules campaigns must follow. Violations of the law are taken seriously and I encourage Oklahomans to report suspected violations to the Attorney General's Office."
Both state and federal "do not call" laws permit political calls. State and federal law allow the use of automatic dialing machines to deliver so-called "robocalls." However, federal law requires all "robocalls" to clearly identify the person or entity responsible for initiating the call and requires a telephone number or address where such person or entity can be reached.
For more information or to report a possible violation of telemarketing laws, contact the Attorney General’s Office, or go online.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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