Political Call Center Dials Up $8.5 Million For Itself

Posted May 14, 2013 at 11:58am

You may be annoyed by phone solicitations for political groups, but the companies making the calls are raking in millions of dollars and don’t stop after the elections. Even if a sponsoring group may be to your liking, they may not be receiving much of the net proceeds to use toward their goals.

One such company is Political Advertising, also known as Political Call Center LLC, a phone and mail communication firm based in Mesa, Ariz. The president is listed as Margaret DeMello.

During the 2012 elections and the first three months of 2013, they were paid $8.5 million by three conservative political action committees. Most of the budgets of these groups went for the phone solicitations. Life & Liberty PAC paid them $3 million, or 83 percent of all their spending. RightMarch.com PAC paid them $1.6 million, or 71 percent of their spending. Republican Majority Campaign paid them $4.3 million, or 69 percent of their spending.

The three groups did not spend much on candidates. RightMarch.com PAC gave $600. Life & Liberty PAC gave $3,750. Life & Liberty PAC also listed $800,000 being spent as independent expenditures, but these were all payments to the Political Call Center for phone solicitations. Republican Majority Campaign gave $8,150. It also listed $2,360,000 being spent on independent expenditures, but all but $22,605 were for payments to the Political Call Center for phone solicitations.

RightMarch.com PAC is run by Dr. William Green and states it is a conservative organization seeking to mobilize grass-roots support and be a collective voice in the political process. Life & Liberty PAC states it is dedicated to electing pro-life candidates. The Republican Majority Campaign is a federal PAC advocating Republican principles and its goal is to elect a Republican majority.