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Pro-Trump Activists Face $5 Million Robocall Fine, FCC Says

  • Far-right operatives called voters to discourage vote-by-mail
  • The two men also are facing criminal charges in other states
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Two pro-Trump activists who orchestrated a campaign to discourage voting in large cities face a record $5.13 million fine under a tougher law governing robocalls, the Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday.

Jacob Wohl, John Burkman and J.M. Burkman & Associates LLC made more than 1,100 prerecorded robocalls to wireless numbers in August and September before the 2020 presidential election, according to the FCC. The messages warned recipients that if they voted by mail, their personal information would be part of a public database used by police to track down old criminal warrants and by credit card companies to collect outstanding debts.