How do politicians get my phone number? I recently received a message from Bill Nelson telling me to vote for him in the next election. This is really weird considering I never gave him my phone number. How do these politicians get ahold of my phone number?
Your voter registration is public information and is available to political campaigns. They use it to find voters to ask for signatures to get on the ballot among other purposes.
There are a variety of ways that they can get your phone number, including:
- Look it up in the phone book.
- Get it from your voter registration (if it's there).
- Get it from another campaign that you gave your number.
- Get it from someone else who has your number. For example, someone from whom you purchased something may donate or sell a list of phone numbers.
We can't know which way they used. Perhaps you could eliminate one or more, but we can't (except possibly for the information being available on your registration).
In a lot of cases they don't have your phone number at all, or even need you to have provided it at some point. Robocalling (where you literally dial every phone number in an area code) is a cheap and easy method to reach everyone in a given area. The FCC can't regulate them
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act limits the use of autodialed calls or texts and prerecorded voice calls (all of which are sometimes called "robocalls"). The TCPA and the FCC's rules do apply to political campaign-related calls or texts.
A quick Google search showed some people advertising political robocalls for as little as $0.01 per call.