This is a new one – a political candidate in Missouri just happens to own a time and temperature telephone service (not one of our customers!). He configured his system to call out, in addition to taking inbound calls as time and temp has always done.
When homeowners look at the caller ID for the call that is coming in – they see "Time and Temperature." But when they answer – they first hear an ad for the candidate, and then hear the time and temp.
Some complaints have been filed about the practice, but the laws governing "robocalls" do not apply to political calls so it will be interesting to see the outcome. (By the way, our time and temp systems do not have the capability to do outbound calling).
You can read more about the controversy here.