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By Mark Sweeney
Philipsburg, Mont. 

Response to Automated Phone Calls


I am responding to recent allegations by my Public Service Commission (PSC) primary opponent and her supporters about recent automated phone calls that I left in voter’s answering machines. The state statute they quote is not as clear-cut as they would like to think. In all likelihood it is unconstitutional. The same law in South Carolina was found to be a violation of free speech. It is regularly used by candidates on both sides to get their message out.

I stand behind my decision to drop a 15-second, pre-recorded voice mail that was delivered to voter’s answering machines. If you don...

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