The Water Cooler – Unsolicited Text Messages From Politicians And Political Campaigns

March 4, 2020 12:00 pm · 20 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon.

Today’s question:

QUESTION: Should it be illegal for politicians and political campaigns to send unsolicited text messages to voters?

Talk about it.

Simonpure March 4, 2020 at 12:02 PM

Illegal…I’m Simonpure and I approve this message.

Cellophane March 4, 2020 at 12:13 PM


Broadcast media ads, mail, billboards, random signs, unsolicited landline calls, there needs to be some privacy somewhere.

Leave cell phones alone.

Roz March 4, 2020 at 12:14 PM

Well I don’t have a cell phone, but I wouldn’t want unsolicited text messages from them.

S March 4, 2020 at 12:23 PM


martinezmike March 4, 2020 at 12:31 PM

Yes More laws always fix a problem.

Doh March 4, 2020 at 12:50 PM

NO That is one reason why I do not give my cell phone number to anyone but friends and family. I stopped doing this over a decade ago when a doctor’s office robocalled me about an appointment reminder. They did not even try my home number with an answering machine. Every company asks for it, web sites and even telemarketers ask if there is an alternate number.

I get very few telemarketing calls on my call also.

Gary Benton March 4, 2020 at 12:57 PM

No, not illegal. But I do block the number and and delete the conversation regardless who from.

The Fearless Spectator March 4, 2020 at 1:00 PM

Yes, and robocalls also.

Bad Nombre March 4, 2020 at 1:07 PM

Just tax them. Maybe $20 per unsolicited message.

Nope! March 4, 2020 at 1:52 PM

I love this except they should send ME $20 per unsolicited message.

Dorothy March 4, 2020 at 1:07 PM

It’s rare that I give my cell # to anyone outside of family. It’s also kind of rare for me to even turn it on. Anyone who isn’t in my list of cell #s gets deleted or blocked. So it’s almost rare for me to get unsolicited/unknown calls or texts.

No, they should not add texting to their avalanche of ads.

Phil J March 4, 2020 at 1:57 PM


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Lana March 4, 2020 at 4:04 PM

Yes, but the text messages didn’t bother me as bad as a Bernie advocate showing up at my door on Sunday afternoon! If I want to learn and support any candidate, I would reach out. Unsolicited everything should be illegal!

Ricardoh March 4, 2020 at 4:44 PM

I only want political ads if they come from the Russians. Everyone else lies.

ON DA March 4, 2020 at 7:58 PM


We should be paid dividends for each and every solicitation, regardless. Rack ’em up.!!! Plus fees plus wages for lost time plus tuition plus plus plus.

Any Questions ??

Gittyup March 4, 2020 at 9:34 PM

Yes. My text messages cost extra and I especially don’t want unsolicited ones from politicians.

The Mamba March 5, 2020 at 7:31 AM

I don’t get any, but I don’t want any calls or texts.

Sam Malone March 5, 2020 at 7:46 AM

So interesting that we are taxed every which way to Sunday and back but we the lowly over taxed citizenry never seem to have any recourse.
Start to push back hard-like we did for measure J and Prop 13. Keep sending the message “we are tired of being pushed around with no representation”.

Kirkwood March 5, 2020 at 9:18 AM

Only friends and close relatives have my cell number. Everything else goes to the landline, hence to the machine. Same idea for email, one private address, one for business, and one directly to the junk file. Also, WAVE does a good job of filtering out junk email.

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