Santorum Robocall Asks for Votes from Democrats

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

The day before the Michigan primary, candidates made one last effort to get the votes. That includes sending out robocalls, one of which was aimed at attacking Mitt Romney and his opposition to the auto bailout.

"You'd think the call is coming from the UAW Solidarity House or the re-elect Obama campaign," said political analyst Bill Ballenger.

That's what it seemed like, but the call ends with a notification that it was paid for by "Rick Santorum for President." While attacking Romney, the call also openly called on Democrats to vote for Santorum.

This robocall is just one out of a long list of robocalls sent out to Michigan voters. Mark Grebner's company, Practical Political Consulting, compiles voter information and sells it for use in robocalls. For those registered to vote in Michigan, their name will probably appear in Grebner's database of about six million voters.

"The Secretary of State provides a list of all the voters in the state including which elections people have voted in for $30 for the whole state," said Grebner.

Then, it's not difficult for professionals to match information from the Secretary of State with the number of voters' landlines.

"There is of course a consumer 'do not call' list which does not apply to politics," Grebner said.

That means there's not much voters can do to stop the calls.

According to Ballenger, the volume of robocalls sent out is what could make them effective for political candidates. However, Ballenger says it's still up in the air if Santorum's most recent call will help him in the campaign.

"Maybe there will be a backlash that sets in by tomorrow and maybe that will end up hurting Santorum rather than helping him. We don't know," Ballenger said.


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  • by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2012 at 10:13 AM
    Well, earlier this past week Santorum made a comment about church and state should be together, not seperate. He needs to read the consitution, and now in spite of the fact that robo calls are not really legal he made them anyway. Does this mean Santorum is a law unto himself? Mr. do as I say not as I do?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2012 at 06:26 AM
    MY vote goes to Newt! The only one out of all the Candidates that can stand up to Barack. He has more knowledge in his pinky than barack has in his entire being. And the goal is, to kick barack out of office, !
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      by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2012 at 12:31 PM in reply to
      The only problem with the little green lizard (newt) is that he has a very bad history, and so far hasn't shown himself to be any different.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2012 at 06:24 AM
    Was Santorum not aware that the Dem's were planning on this to begin with? Called operation hilarity.. All because they feel threatened by Romney,and they think he would win the election. And Santorum they think will run out of money, making Mitt spend his, the dem's plan is to make Mitt go bankrupt. blah blah, gotta know Dem's use these tactics , because they dont know anything about the Fair Election process. Wake up GOP'ers, get out and cast your Primary votes today! (dem's are already trying to steal the election)
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