FCC to fine conservative conspiracists over $5.1m for voter suppression robocalls

Source: Politico - FCC proposes fining conspiracists $5.1M for voter suppression robocalls - POLITICO

Basic gist:

  • Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman reportedly coordinated over 1,000 unlawful robocalls aimed at swaying the 2020 Presidential election in Donald Trump’s favor.
  • The robocalls alleged that voting by mail would mean that their personal information would become “part of a public database that will be used by police departments to track down old warrants and be used by credit card companies to collect outstanding debts.”
  • Wohl and Burkman were charged for their robocalls back in October by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, who also cited robocalls affecting New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Illinois.
  • The FCC is looking to make the lobbying and consulting firm Burkman & Associates liable in addition to the two individuals. The fine is currently set at over $5.1 million.
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