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FCC Gears Up Against Political Robocalls As '22 Nears

By Christopher Cole (September 17, 2021, 10:04 PM EDT) -- Enforcers appear to be growing ever more intent on combating unwanted political robocalls as the 2022 races approach, as a recent mega-fine proposed for two men responsible for relentless conspiracy theory-driven calls shows.

American consumers face a near-daily barrage of unwanted calls or texts hawking everything from debt consolidation services to extended warranties on cars they might not even own.

But to fair election advocates, even more troubling is the rise of robocalls delivering false electioneering pitches that embellish or outright lie about candidates' records. Even worse, they say, are robocalls that discourage people from turning in ballots by making false negative characterizations about candidates or warning of imagined problems they...

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