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Cardin asks for federal investigation of robocalls

By John Wagner
John Wagner

Ben Cardin.jpgSen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.) has asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate anonymous robocalls placed to Maryland voters urging them to stay home on Election Day even though polls were still open.

"Targeting voters with deceptive messages in a deliberate attempt to suppress voter participation is well outside the limits of protected free speech," Cardin said in a statement. "We cannot continue to allow such intentional actions to be tolerated."

In the automated calls, a woman's voice told recipients: "I'm calling to let everyone know that Governor O'Malley and President Obama have been successful. Our goals have been met. The only thing left is to watch it on TV tonight. Congratulations and thank you."

On the night of the election, a spokesman for former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) said his campaign had nothing to do with the ads and said he condemned their content.

In addition to his letter to Holder, Cardin has requested that Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) hold a hearing on deceptive voter practices that occurred this election cycle in Maryland and elsewhere.

By John Wagner  | November 4, 2010; 4:10 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections, John Wagner  
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Way to go Ben. Two days after the voters made it clear they want Congress and Obama to get Americans back to work, you put this out. I'm sure this will boost employment!

Posted by: gbooksdc | November 4, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

good! i hope they catch and prosecute whoever did this.
i'm sick of all the nasty campaigning.
people should be prosecuted when they break the law during elections.
Steele and Ehrlich should of been arrested last time around when they bussed in those homeless people from philly to illegally work the polls election day.

Posted by: MarilynManson | November 5, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

maybe they can hire some of the worthless democrats that got fired in the elections.

Posted by: OldSalt8 | November 5, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse


Hey Democrats,

Isn't this what the Obama Administration does already? "Targeting voters with deceptive messages."




Posted by: kstobbe1 | November 6, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

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