A slew of nasty text messages were sent to unsuspecting voters’ phones yesterday, criticizing President Obama with anti-gay and largely false attacks.
The text messages were sent without the consent of those who received them, and were clearly a part of a coordinated campaign.
Though unsolicited text messages are illegal, the senders of these texts get away with it by sending them as emails. Your phone then interprets the email as a text message, leaving you to foot the bill!
…one Virginia voter received one from the address email@example.com that made the inflammatory claim: “Obama supports homosexuality and its radical social agenda. Say No to Obama on Nov 6!”
MIke Madden tweeted one for firstname.lastname@example.org that declared “Re-electing Obama puts Medicare at risk.”
Attorney Pater Saharko tweeted that he got a message from the same address that read: “Obama is using your tax dollars to fund Planned Parenthood and abortion. Is that right?”
New York Times reporter Jonathan Weisman tweeted that his 13-year-old daughter also got a text. “Obama denies protection to babies who survive abortions. Obama is just wrong,” said the message from email@example.com.
HuffPost’s Sam Stein also got a message, declaring “Seniors cant afford to have 4 more years of Obama budget cuts to Medicare.”
Should we expect more underhanded tactics lke these as we approach election day?
Is this kind of campaigning even effective?
Sound off below!