PLAYING DIRTY: Thomson Campaign Illegally Spoofs Avi Schnall’s Number In Robocall

Ned Thomson’s campaign is now apparently violating both election law and federal caller ID laws as it attempts to fend off Avi Schnall’s surging campaign, with Lakewood Alerts receiving multiple reports of a number spoofing tactic being employed in Lakewood.

According to multiple residents who have contacted Lakewood Alerts, they received phone calls from Avi Schnall’s personal cell number. However, when picking up, a recorded message from the Thomson campaign urges them to vote for the incumbent.

“We apologize for the inconvenience this dirty tactic has caused for affected Lakewood residents,” the Schnall campaign told Lakewood Alerts. “We will continue to take the high road in this campaign, no matter how low others stoop.”

Under the federal Truth in Caller ID Act, FCC rules prohibit anyone from transmitting misleading or inaccurate caller ID information with the intent to defraud, cause harm or wrongly obtain anything of value – in this case, votes. Anyone who is illegally spoofing can face penalties of up to $10,000 for each violation.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. This virtue signaling is a common tactic from the left. Clearly Schnall is trying to distract from the Rich Roberts endorsement Thomson received. Claiming the high road while violating campaign finance law with every yard sign and advertisement since his campaign started is laughable. People on the high road do not use strong arm tactics to win races. These are the desperate complaints of a desperate man.

      • Tone it down a bit. They get their marching orders from the VAAD. Probably don’t have much of a say in the matter. Saying they should burn in Hell is going too far. We can have a discussion without going over the edge

  2. It’s possible that this is accurate, however, I find it very hard to believe. It is more likely that Schnall’s campaign put this out to try to get more votes. I have received dozens of robocalls promoting Schnall but not even one promoting Thomson. I have also asked several of my friends and asked on my work chat (over 400 people), and as of yet, no one has received a call regarding Thomson. I would love to hear if anyone else actually received it or as I said before, this is another dirty tactic by the Schnall campaign

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