Robocall Revenge: Website Lets You Robocall Congress, President

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- The power of political robocalling has typically been reserved for campaigns and lobbyists, but a new website is bringing that power to the people. The idea stemmed from a robocalling feud in Prince George's County last January.

"This is a Prince George's County School District parent calling to thank you for the robocall yesterday at 4:30 in the morning. I decided to return the favor," said Aaron Titus in a 4 A.M. robocall sent to the entire Prince George's County School Board in January 2011.

The call caught the attention of Shaun Daykin, a privacy activist and founder of the National Political Do Not Contact Registry.

"Since they robocall us, why can't we robocall them?" asked Daykin.

Daykin and Titus joined forces and founded the website, ReverseRobocall.com, which launched in late November. "

"With one click, you can send a phone call to all 535 members of congress," said Daykin. "That's never been able to be done before."

For instance, let's say you're opposed to House Resolution 3035, which would allow businesses to robocall your cell phone.

"We created a robocall so that with one click you can call all 41 sponsors, including the lobbyists," said Daykin.

On Monday, Reverse Robocall user by the name of Dan Tynan left this message for the HR3035 coalition: "I am a US taxpayer opposed to HR3035 and this is a robocall. Not much fun is it? Please join me in preventing the mobile informational call act from becoming law. Otherwise, I'm planning to robocall you like this at least once a day for the next two years."

In just two minutes and for just 99-cents, you can robocall President Obama. For $1.49, you can even retaliate against robocalls from the Republican Presidential Candidates.

Last Wednesday, Reverend Rodney Allers, a Reverse Robocall user, left this message for Rep. Michelle Bachman: "Representative Michelle Bachman as a result of your telephone call, I will not be voting for you or considering you as a candidate."

Daykin's favorite feature is the fact that you can record and share your robocall online.

"It amplifies people's voices. It's not just a phone call," said Daykin. "We think that this could become the next breakthrough in political communications from the voter to the politician."

For now, the website only allows you to robocall the offices of politicians. Daykin says the number one question people ask him is, "When will I be able to robocall their homes?" The answer? Probably never.

"We want to set an example of good robocalling etiquette," said Daykin.

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