The campaign of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was fined thousands of dollars by a man who claimed it harassed him with unsolicited text messages.
According to the filings obtained by Business Insider, Pelosi will be paying $7,500 to an Illinois claimant to settle the claim that she violated federal do-not-call laws by repeatedly texting him for campaign contributions.
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Jorge Rojas initially sought $31,500 in damages or $1,500 per violation. After receiving the reduced settlement in February, he filed a motion to dismiss the case.
Rojas detailed some of Pelosi’s more outrageous claims in the lawsuit, filed in October 2022.
Pelosi had made these statements to increase her fundraising for the upcoming November 2022 elections.
According to her messages; Republicans are “fleeing the Senate” while referring to the three Republican senators who retired that year; Democrats have come across a “one-in-a-lifetime chance” to hold the White House, House, and Senate; and Marco Rubio was “in danger” as he could lose his Senate seat.
The former Democratic House Speaker has been criticized by activists for making what they see as excessive and inappropriate fundraising requests throughout her 20 years as a Democrat lawmaker.
Last year, after the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision was overturned, she immediately launched a nationwide fundraising campaign.
Lawsuits that aim to profit through the overstepping of political campaigns have proliferated in recent times alongside the popularity of politicians’ automated text messages.
Moreover, politicians are often held liable for sending text messages or prerecorded calls to voters listed with the national Do Not Call Registry, although they are generally exempt from the limitations imposed by the registry.