Cardin asks for federal investigation of robocalls
Sen. 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.
| November 4, 2010; 4:10 PM ET
Categories: 2010 Elections, John Wagner
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