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New York Attorney General Letitia James announced on Thursday that her office filed a lawsuit against conservative operatives Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman for their alleged participation in orchestrating robocalls that targeted Black communities, urging voters not to cast mail-in ballots.
An investigation conducted by James' office reportedly found that Wohl and Burkman, through their fictitious organization “Project 1599,” violated state and federal laws when sending out robocalls that threatened and harassed Black communities using disinformation.
The robocalls claimed that mail-in voters’ information would be sent to law enforcement, debt collectors and the government. Additionally, the calls claimed that mail-in ballots would be used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to track people who have not yet received a vaccine.
“Hi, this is Tamika Taylor from Project 1599, the civil rights organization founded by Jack Burman and Jacob Wohl. Mail-in voting sounds great, but did you know that if you vote by mail, your 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?,” the automated calls reportedly said, according to James.
“The CDC is even pushing to use records for mail-in voting to track people for mandatory vaccines. Don’t be finessed into giving your private information to the man, stay home safe and beware of vote by mail,” the calls reportedly continued.
I'm seeking to intervene in a lawsuit against Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman for their attempts to intimidate Black communities from voting by mail in the 2020 elections.— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) May 6, 2021
Wohl and Burkman harassed and intimidated thousands of New Yorkers in an attempt to sway the election.
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