Starting about four weeks ago, Paige Barnes said she started getting "tons of calls a day," sometimes between ten and twenty, from angry West Virginians and Iowans, demanding that her company stop bombarding them with political calls. These people told her that the calls had been coming from "AETR, Inc." at the number (571) 522-6400.
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She told them she had nothing to do with them and couldn't understand why her company's name would show up on the caller ID. That wasn't her company's number. When she tried calling that number, the call wouldn't go through. "I got really upset," she said.
She didn't know it, but Barnes was the latest victim of the GOP's newest, biggest attack machine, the innocuously-named Economic Freedom Fund.
Without her knowledge or consent, a "robo calling" firm appears to have used Barnes' company name to make thousands of negative campaign calls for EFF, attacking Democratic congressional candidates. Published reports confirm that EFF calls have gone out under "AETR, Inc." Such caller ID "spoofing," as the practice is known, may violate FCC rules.