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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

The Federal Communications Commission proposed a $5.1 million fine against conservative activists Jacob Wohl and John Burkman and J.M. Burkman & Associates for making 1,141 unlawful robocalls that made false claims about mail voting, the agency said Tuesday. ... Thousands of voters received such calls in New York, Ohio and Michigan, according to state prosecutors, who say it was an attempt to suppress Black voters. The activists face criminal charges for their role in spreading the disinformation, and New York Attorney General Letitia James is attempting to force the men to pay up to $2.7 million in penalties for the calls.

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...The $5,134,500 proposed fine against John Burkman, Jacob Wohl and J.M. Burkman and Associates, LLC constitutes the largest robocall fine ever proposed under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, according to a statement from the FCC.

The FCC fine is related to 1,141 unlawful robocalls to wireless phones between Aug. 26 and Sept. 14, according to the agency. The messages told people that voting by absentee ballot would ensure "personal information will be 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." ...


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-08-24 09:43 PM | Reply

5 million dollar fine for the company and five million for each of the people that run the company.

#2 | Posted by Tor at 2021-08-24 11:00 PM | Reply

FAFO

#3 | Posted by bored at 2021-08-25 01:09 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

But let's be clear: $5 million isn't about robocalls; it's about willfully lying to suppress the vote.

Personally, I can't see why that's not a capital crime in a democracy.

#4 | Posted by Danforth at 2021-08-25 01:45 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

As registered lobbyists, here's how they advertise themselves:

"Long term relationships built over the course of decades in politics ensure that our clients have access to the most powerful policy makers in Washington DC."

With that kind of hype they had to know they were breaking the law.

I'd like to know the name of their "client."

#5 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-08-25 03:04 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

joke fine amount.

#6 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2021-08-25 03:44 AM | Reply

ALEX

I hope you mean that $5M isn't painful enough and it should be more. If so, I agree.

#7 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-08-25 07:37 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

There should be prison time for crimes like that. Rich donors will pay the fines for them but prison time would actually affect them.

#8 | Posted by danni at 2021-08-25 08:50 AM | Reply

"conservative activists" = scammers

GOP = One giant scam

#9 | Posted by schifferbrains at 2021-08-25 08:51 AM | Reply

To be clear even the summary above says they are still facing criminal charges and fine in NY. If Trump had won all these folks would have walked and that is what they were betting on.

#10 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-08-25 10:12 AM | Reply

I hope you mean that $5M isn't painful enough and it should be more. If so, I agree.

#7 | POSTED BY TWINPAC AT 2021-08-25 07:37 AM | REPLY

I do. These people tried to destroy an election result.

#11 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2021-08-25 10:13 AM | Reply

@#8 ... There should be prison time for crimes like that. ...

This is just the FCC fine. They are also facing criminal charges.

#12 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-08-25 10:46 AM | Reply

Aren't these the guys who had a press conference to smear somebody, their accuser never showed up, and one of them had his fly down the entire time?

These guys are morons in a class of morons.

#13 | Posted by Danforth at 2021-08-25 10:54 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Yeah, it's them.

www.cjr.org

#14 | Posted by Danforth at 2021-08-25 10:56 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

DANFORTH

I recommend everybody read the links provided in this article. These two are real goobers.

#15 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-08-25 11:38 AM | Reply

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