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Tuesday, November 8 is election day in what is shaping up to be a busy midterm election year. That means that political campaigns, and the communications and marketing professionals that they hire, are sending campaign-related text messages in enormous volumes. Political campaign messages are afforded some exemptions and privileges under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
The regulatory issues faced by political text message campaigns is a frequent topic that we cover on this blog.
A wide variety of different kinds of political campaigns have been the recipients of Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) lawsuits.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) levied an enormous fine against a San Diego-based telemarketer for violations of the Truth in Caller ID Act. The $10 million fine arises from a robocall campaign related to a 2018 election for a seat in the California Assembly.
While the election is less than a week away, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act’s (TCPA) risks for political campaigns remain in full force. A resident of New York state filed a lawsuit against President Trump’s re-election campaign alleging violations of the TCPA’s prohibitions against the use of an automatic telephone dialing system (ATDS).
The 2020 presidential campaign for Michael Bloomberg, a billionaire media mogul and former New York City mayor, lasted barely more than 3 months and cost a reported $1 billion—mostly coming out of his own pocket.
A recent ruling in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class action illustrates how the TCPA risks incurred by political campaigns can be spread to the platforms that those campaigns use to send their messages.