Friday, July 14, 2017

Special Election: US Senate

Alabama: Special Election U.S. Senate

Alabama is holding a special primary election August 15, 2017. There are 10 republicans and 8 Democrats competing in the primary. If no candidate receives 50% of the vote there will be a runoff on September 26, 2017.

Utah 3rd Congressional District up for grabs

Jason Chaffetz (R) resigned on June 30th. Special election primary for the U.S. House will take place on August 15th, 2017. General Election will be held November 7th, 2017.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Record your message

How to record your message:

Note: Keep it natural like you picked up the phone and called the person yourself. If using a script avoid making it sound like you are reading off a piece of paper.

Call In Studio

We provide a convenient recording system that that we call the Call In Studio. Record your message from any phone but we do recommend that you use a land line to ensure the clearest quality recording. Simply dial 530-756-1540 and follow the prompts. You can record as many times as you'd like. Only the last recording is kept. Once you hang up the phone the Call In Studio sends an automatic email to the person on file. This allows you to review the message before we send it out.

You will need a job number and pass code before you record. You can email or call 530-758-8864 to get setup.

Audio editing

Every message needs a little editing. Typically this means we increase volume on the recording as well as clean up dead air typically found at the beginning and ending of a recording. We never edit for content. If you need further editing, like cutting a piece of audio out or editing long pauses just let us know. There is no charge for audio editing.

In a future post we'll explain how to use the iPhone and the Voice Memos app to record and email us an audio file.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Simple, Effective Robo Calling Campaigns

How to use robo calls effectively:

Over the years we've seen time and time again that small to medium sized campaigns can compete with deep pocket campaigns by using robo calls. With a combination of surveys, absentee chaser and GOTV calls you can get your message out effectively without breaking the bank.

Phone list!

It starts with a targeted phone list. Here in California, most campaigns seem get their data from Political Data, Inc. You can find them here. We have no affiliation with them but they must be doing something right because we receive hundreds of phone lists from them every year that get used for automated calling projects. Working with PDI or your data company, you can pull a targeted voter list. Typically you are looking for high propensity voters or likely voters.

Survey Idea!

Once you have your targeted list, one idea is to run an automated survey. You can do a simple "race horse poll" run over a couple of hours in the evening and have a pretty good picture of where you stand. You can find a sample script here.

Absentee Chasers Idea!

Use robocalls to target Absentee Voters. Once absentee ballots hit the mail you can "chase" absentee voters with a couple of automated calls educating or encouraging the voter to consider your campaign or issue.

PDI or your data company can provide you with voters registered as Absentee and they can usually keep track of who's voted already. This is important so you don't waste time and money calling people that have already turned their ballot in.


Last but not least, GOTV calls! These are your last minute phone calls. Mail is too slow, tv and radio is sold out or not in your budget so what's left is automated phone calls. The most popular day for calling is the day before the election. Second most popular day is the Friday before the election. Saturday or Sunday seems to be a toss up as third most popular. These GOTV calls will be your last ditch effort to persuade the voter to get out and vote.

Pricing starts at 6 cents per call for up to a 30 second message. Get a Quote.

You can find us at or give us a call at 530-758-8864.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Biggest FCC fine ever

Biggest FCC fine ever.

Miami resident single-handedly responsible for almost 97 million robocalls over the last 3 months of 2016. Recorded calls offered exclusive vacation deals. FCC has proposed $120 million fine.

Here is a link to NPR article.

Political Calling provides automated calling services for political campaigns, non-profits, and municipalities like water districts.

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Upcoming Elections

Upcoming Elections:

AUGUST 15, 2017:

Alabama - US Senate Special Primary Election

Utah - CD - 3 Special Primary Election

Monday, April 3, 2017

How we scrub your phone list

Phone list scrubbing

What does scrubbing a list mean? It means we "clean" the phone list by running it through our proprietary software to get a final count. Every list we see always needs some cleaning or scrubbing before we begin calling. The most important scrub is for cell phones. It is illegal to call cell phones with an automated device. If you are calling cell phones you must have expressed written consent and be able to prove it. So almost every list we run will have cell phones removed. How do we know a phone number is a cell number? We use a cell phone database that is updated monthly that we run a match against. If it is flagged as a cell number it gets removed. The next thing we look for are duplicates. Most lists will have some duplicate numbers so getting the duplicates removed will ensure that people are not getting more than one call. Some phone lists will occasionally have incomplete numbers. If a phone number does not have 10-digits it will get removed. Some phone lists will have tons of info about the person but not have a phone number. That record will get removed as well. After the proprietary software is done scrubbing, your phone list is ready for calling.

If you have any questions please email or call 530-758-8864.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Upcoming elections

Upcoming Elections:

APRIL 11, 2017:
Kansas - CD-4 Special General Election

APRIL 18, 2017:
Georgia - CD-6 Special Primary Election

MAY 2, 2017:
South Carolina - CD-5 Special Primary

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Telemarketers using robocalls for evil

Another telemarketer robo call scam.

Telemarketers are getting more savvy and using automated phone calls to scam people. What this has done is it's given robocall companies that provide a service for non-profits, municipalities and small/medium political campaigns a bad name. Political Calling prides itself on helping people get their automated calls and surveys out so they can move onto other important matters.

Political Calling monitors all of our robo calling campaigns and makes sure that we are in compliance. This helps you and Political Calling.

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Upcoming Elections

MARCH 7, 2017:

California - Los Angeles Mayor Primary
Missouri - St. Louis Mayor Primary

Friday, February 10, 2017

Robo Calling Survey Idea

Need to know how your campaign is doing?

With a targeted voter list you can run a quick survey in a couple of hours and get a good snapshot of how your campaign is doing.

You can quickly find out how important an issue or how a candidate may be doing with a simple script like the one below.

Here is a sample script:

"Hello, this is a quick 2 question poll about the upcoming election.

If the race for City Council were held today for whom would you vote?

Press 1 for Anne Smith

Press 2 for John Doe

Press 3 for Undecided

Last Question.

On Prop A will you be voting Yes or No?

Press 1 for Yes

Press 2 for No

Press 3 for undecided

Thank you for participating."

Typical automated surveys can be turned around same day. Just need a phone list and recordings. We can even record the message for you.

Pricing starts at 6 cents per call.

If you have any questions please give us a call at 530-758-8864 or email

Monday, February 6, 2017

FTC takes down two massive operations.

Finally some major crackdowns on spammy robocalls. Just another reason why we don't take on these types of customers. Does more harm than good in the end.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

How we help Water Districts with public outreach

With drought restrictions in place here in CA, water conservation has become a way of life. We've helped water districts with their public outreach for many years.

Here are some programs we've run with a lot of success:
- Rain Event: Reminder to turn off irrigation after recent rains in the area.
- Mail Piece: Notify customers to keep an eye on their mailbox for an important mail piece.
- Annual maintenance: Alert customers of scheduled annual maintenance. Direct customers to website for more info.
- Conserve Water: Remind customers of State Water restrictions along with sprinkler watering days.

Just a few ideas. 

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Monday, January 30, 2017

ROBOCALLS in the MIDDLE of the NIGHT?!?!?

At Political Calling we have fail-safes in place so this CANNOT happen.

Not sure how this keeps happening.

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Why all the hate?!

When searching for robocalls you get a lot of negative results. I wonder why? There are many automated calling companies out there that will take on any customer. Like those credit card service scams, auto warranty calls, and of course the now infamous "free" cruise robocalls. We don't take on those customers. We strictly work with political campaigns, water districts, municipalities and non-profits that need to get important messages out.

Check out or give us a call at 530-758-8864 with any questions.