The conservative conspiracists Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman were charged on Thursday with coordinating robocalls to suppress voters in the upcoming general election.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced the charges, which include intimidating voters and conspiracy to violate election law. Nessel said the two specifically targeted minority voters to discourage them from voting. The calls allegedly told voters that voter information would be collected in a database to track down old police warrants and outstanding credit card debts, according to a news release.
“We’re all well aware of the frustrations caused by the millions of nuisance robocalls flooding our cell phones and landlines each day, but this particular message poses grave consequences for our democracy and the principles upon which it was built,” Nessel said in the release on Thursday. “Michigan voters are entitled to a full, free and fair election in November and my office will not hesitate to pursue those who jeopardize that.”
The Michigan charges relate to calls focused in the Detroit area, but other similar robocalls were also reported in New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Illinois, according to the release.
Wohl and Burkman have been involved in a number of deceptive practices to debase those they view as adversaries to conservatives. They fabricated sexual assault allegations against former Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg, White House coronavirus task force member Anthony Fauci and former special counsel Robert Mueller.