Saturday, September 11, 2010

Overzealous Political Endorsement Calls

In today's era of targeted political marketing political endorsement calls are being used in record numbers to reach out to voters for a variety of reasons. Candidates use political endorsement calls to raise money from people who they believe will be sympathetic to their cause, as well as phone calls to voters whom they wish to sway. This all adds up to a huge number of phone calls from every candidate imaginable from every political party.

Although everyone is hit with political endorsement calls, not everyone is hit equally. For instance, if you have already donated the maximum amount of money to a campaign it is unlikely that you will receive further calls about making a contribution, however do not let your guard down because you will probably be receiving more phone calls of the political actions sort for volunteer work since the campaign knows that you are sympathetic to their cause.

If you have not yet donated the maximum amount of money possible to a campaign it is likely that you will be deluged under a storm of phone calls until you do hit that mark.

Campaigns are using very elaborate record-keeping in order to track who has donated money and how much which they then use to make these targeted phone calls.

If you're voting record is independent, or all over the place, you will likely be hit by many different campaigns all trying to sway you to their cause. Indeed being an independent voter these days means that you just leave yourself wide open to all sorts of campaign calls.

The people who did hit the hardest with campaign endorsement calls live in the primary states where they are subject to seven day a week efforts from all candidates looking to get the edge in that states caucuses.

These people living in primary states have been known to get upwards of seven or 10 phone calls every day from different candidates.

Indeed the price of being politically responsible these days is your privacy, and some would say your sanity. Of course not all people do these political endorsement calls as troublesome, however many do; and for those people who do find the excess of political endorsement calls to be intrusive and annoying there is sadly little recourse. There is no current nationwide political do not call list, and there are very few guidelines that campaigns must follow when contacting individuals. Aside from using caller ID and blocking incoming phone calls from known campaign phone numbers there is very little the average person can do. Unfortunately the best advice in this election season is to just take all of the phone calls with a grain of salt, and do your best to not lose your mind. Remember it will all be over in less than a year so just try to hang in there and do not let overzealous political endorsement calls dissuade you from taking part in the election process.