Tag Archives: robocalls

All 50 State AGs Form “Anti-Robocall Task Force”

Ars Technica reports: Attorneys general from all 50 states have created an Anti-Robocall Litigation Task Force “to investigate and take legal action against the telecommunications companies responsible for bringing a majority of foreign robocalls into the United States,” they announced yesterday. In the task force’s first action, it “issued 20 civil investigative demands to 20 gateway providers and other entities …

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FCC Orders Block On Scam Auto Warranty Robocalls

Bloomberg News reports: The Federal Communications Commission has ordered phone companies to stop carrying traffic related to robocalls about scam auto warranties. US voice service providers must now “take all necessary steps to avoid carrying this robocall traffic,” or provide a report outlining how they’re mitigating the traffic, the FCC’s Robocall Response Team said in a statement on Thursday. The …

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Feds Indict Three “Trump-Era Scam PAC” Operators

Politico reports: For the last five years or more, Matt Tunstall has used the name and likeness of Donald Trump and other politicians to ostensibly raise money for a network of political action committees. But he’s been accused of pocketing most of the money himself and on Wednesday, his so-called scam PAC operation finally caught up to him. In an …

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FCC Hits “Neo-Nazi Robocaller” With $9.9 Million Fine

The Idaho Statesman reports: A Nazi sympathizer and former Idaho resident faces a $9.9 million fine from the Federal Communications Commission after he plagued various parts of the country with racist, anti-Semitic and threatening robocalls. Scott D. Rhodes, 51, who moved to Libby, Montana, from Sandpoint, in North Idaho, in late 2018, spent much of that year recording vitriolic messages …

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Wohl Attorneys Call Racist Robocalls Protected Speech

Law & Crime reports: Nearly a month has passed since a federal judge found that civil rights groups would prove that hard-right pranksters Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman engaged in “electoral terror” in robocalls that he found reminiscent of the Ku Klux Klan. Now, lawyers for the duo want the same judge to sanction a civil rights group for filing …

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10M Gets Robocalls Urging Them To “Stay At Home”

The Washington Post reports: An unidentified robocaller has placed an estimated 10 million calls in the past several weeks warning people to “stay safe and stay home,” spooking some Americans who said they saw it as an attempt to scare them away from the polls on Election Day. The barrage of calls all feature the same short, recorded message: A …

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Robocalls Bill Heads To Senate After House Approval

Roll Call reports Lawmakers and their constituents are fed up with the bombardment of nuisance and scam calls plaguing their cell phones and on Wednesday the House passed a bipartisan measure to combat robocalls. The House voted 429-3 to pass a bill that would require phone companies to offer screening technology to customers at no cost that would identify and …

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House Panel Advances Bill To “Stop Bad Robocalls”

Broadcasting & Cable reports: The House Energy & Commerce Committee has voted unanimously to dramatically raise the per-violation fines for illegal robocalls. That was part of an omnibus bill, the “Stopping Bad Robocalls Act,” which also passed unanimously (48-0)* as part of a markup for a couple dozen bills. The bill, actually a combination of five bills, had passed unanimously …

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ALABAMA: Obama Records Robocall For Doug Jones

CNN reports: Former President Barack Obama is adding his voice to the Alabama Senate race, imploring voters to go to the polls Tuesday to reject the candidacy of Roy Moore as part of an aggressive effort by Democrats to try and counter President Donald Trump’s full-throated endorsement of the controversial Republican candidate. “This one’s serious,” Obama says in the call. …

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ALABAMA: Fake Robocall Pretends To Be Jewish WaPo Reporter Seeking Dirt On Roy Moore [AUDIO]

“Hi, this is Bernie Bernstein, I’m a reporter for the Washington Post calling to find out if anyone at this address is a female between the ages of 54 to 57 years old willing to make damaging remarks about candidate Roy Moore for a reward of between $5000 and $7000 dollars. “We will not be fully investigating these claims however …

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AUSTRALIA: Robocalls From US Wingnuts Warn That Marriage Equality Leads To “Radical Gay Sex Education”

The Guardian reports: A robocall asking Australians their opinion about the same-sex marriage postal survey has suggested that marriage equality may lead to “radical gay sex education” and threats to freedom of speech and religion. The poll, which was first reported by social media users on Tuesday night, stated that it was conducted by the Republican-linked American pollster WPA Intelligence. …

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Federal Court Orders $32M Fine For Robocalls Voiced By Mike Huckabee To Promote 2012 Christian Movie

The Associated Press reports: A federal judge in St. Louis on Thursday ordered a Virginia man and his companies to pay $32.4 million in damages for improper robocalls narrated by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee that promoted a religious-themed movie. U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber said in the ruling that Gabriel Joseph III and his companies violated the Telephone …

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David Duke Robocalls Louisiana Voters: Vote For Me And Donald Trump To Save White America [AUDIO]

Via Buzzfeed: A robocall from white nationalist and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke urges voters to vote for him for U.S. Senate in Louisiana and for Donald Trump for president. “Unless massive immigration is stopped now, we’ll be out numbered and outvoted in our own nation. It’s happening,” Duke says. “We’re losing our gun rights, our free speech. …

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Pro-Cruz Robocall Accuses Trump Of Being Pro-LGBT And “Tearing Down Judeo-Christian Values” [AUDIO]

South Carolina voters were robocalled last night with a message that plays excerpts of Donald Trump’s exchange with lesbian reporter Sue O’Connell and accuses him of “tearing down Christian values.” Listen below. Via Buzzfeed: “I’m a lesbian,” O’Connell tells Trump. “We’ve had some great progress for the gay and lesbian community through politics, through all sorts of judicial actions and …

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Pro-Santorum Group Robo-Calls Wisconsin

Last night Rachel Maddow played the clip.

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Anti-Gay Hate Group Launches National Robo-Call Campaign Against Romney

The SPLC-certified hate group Mass Resistance has launched a national robocall campaign against that homo lover, Mitt Romney. Transcript: Hi, my name is Brian Camenker; I’m a Jew from Massachusetts. And, this is Darcy Brandon; I’m a Christian from California. If you believe as we do that marriage and sexuality should only be between a man and a woman, please …

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Santorum Is Robo-Calling Democrats

I’ve mentioned recently that progressive activists are encouraging Democrats to vote for Rick Santorum in open primaries in order to further fracture the GOP nomination process. Santorum is actually capitalizing on that plan and has robocalled Michigan voters asking for the same thing.

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NOM Is Robo-Calling New Jersey

NOM’s Brian Brownshirt is interrupting dinner time in the Garden State with demands to call legislators and denounce the pending same-sex marriage bill. “There’s an attempt by wealthy activists to force same sex marriage on New Jersey without a public vote. It’s urgent that you call your state senator and urge him to vote no on same sex legislation,” the …

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NOM Is A Vatican Front Group, Part 11

NOM’s blogger is tweeting out the link to the below New Hampshire robocall from CatholicVote.org. The call urges support for Rick Santorum, “the only candidate who supports the family.”

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ROBOCALL: Run Hillary Clinton

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