said by DC DSL:
It is extremely unlikely that "Rachael" pulls from the DNC list since it requires registration and a fee.
no, it does not. we can get those and voters lists for free(we do some contracted political calling during campaign season) , without anyone ever batting an eyelash as to what they are going to be used for. They need numbers to call, and working as a call center manager, im guessing they use similar software to ours that outdials on VoIP lines, and then we can just load aggregated phone lists in, and it calls them(filters out answering machines, no answers, dead lines, ect.). When we get a live person, or a live line, we know it. The "press 1" thing simply reenforces that its a live person(ours is not set up to do that, but it can be).
I dont think war dialing even works anymore, tbh. If we call the same exchange, over and over(meaning number after number), we get "timed out" from that exchange, meaning we can't hit an exchange with 555-0000, 555-0001, 2,3,4, ect. I really do highly believe that they pull their numbers from the national DNC registry, as well as voters lists, or they harvest them from other sources, but those are the two most likely.