Notorious right-wing figure Jacob Wohl has been accused of using robocalls to dissuade Americans from mail-in voting in the upcoming presidential election.
Tweeted out Thursday by Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, the robocall makes numerous false statements in an apparent attempt to scare voters in Detroit away from voting by mail.
The call begins with female voice that states the campaign is on behalf of “a civil rights organzation founded by Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl” known as “Project 1699.”
Recipients are then told that if they vote by mail, their information will be available not only to police and credit card companies but that the Centers for Disease Control could use it to find them for “mandatory vaccines.”
The robocall even adds that Detroit residents should not give up their private data to “the man” before ending.
“My office has received a recording of a robocall targeting Detroit voters using racially-charged stereotypes and false information to deter voting by mail,” Benson said. “It is an unconscionable, indefensible, blatant attempt to lie to citizens about their right to vote.”
My office has received a recording of a robocall targeting Detroit voters using racially-charged stereotypes and false information to deter voting by mail. It is an unconscionable, indefensible, blatant attempt to lie to citizens about their right to vote. https://t.co/lgNEh8mtvf
— Jocelyn Benson (@JocelynBenson) August 27, 2020
An investigation has since been opened by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel to determine who spearheaded the campaign. Investigators have thus far not confirmed whether Wohl and Burkman are responsible.
In a statement to the Daily Dot, Burkman denied any involvement whatsoever with the robocall campaign.
“We have nothing to do with that call,” he said.
As noted by the Daily Beast, the robocalls were also reportedly received by people in Pennsylvania as well.
The number used to send the robocall in Pennsylvania is also a phone number that Burkman has publicly used for himself in the past.
Despite the connection, Burkman denied to the Daily Dot that he would would use his own number.
“No one in their right mind would put their own call number on a robocall,” he said.
While the conservative duo is denying any links to the campaign, the pair have not only used robocalls before but have made similar technical mistakes as part of their many schemes over the years.
They’ve also repeatedly denied ties to schemes they were later proven to be behind.
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