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HRC To FCC: Investigate Texts Saying Obama 'Forcing' Gay Marriage

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Earlier this week, an advertising company with ties to the Republican Party sent out text messages reading "Stop Obama from forcing gay marriage on the states." These messages, sent as texts from an email address, go around existing Federal Communications Commission rules limiting unsolicited texts, and now Human Rights Campaign is calling for a full investigation.

From Chris Geidner at BuzzFeed:

The company, ccAdvertising, has not admitted to sending the messages. But the dummy sites used to send the messages were registered to company executives.

Additionally, one of those executives — Gabe Joseph — is known for using questionable tactics, according to Republican operatives familiar with his past activities.

Although there are rules against sending unsolicited, traditional SMS messages, because they were technically emails, they fall outside current FCC regulations. An FCC spokesperson told BuzzFeed that, for now, the "question is open in front of the Commission."

In addition to calling out the operation's legally hazy tactics, HRC is accusing them of intentionally sending out misleading messages, which HRC lawyer Robert Falk equates with "an attempt to defraud and harm gay-rights advocates."

Fred Sainz, HRC's vice president of communications, said "it’s unsurprising that our opponents are employing such underhanded tactics and trying to attack equality from behind shrouds of secrecy."

"It’s unacceptable to launch these types of despicable attacks from dark corners, and it’s incredibly irresponsible to send out unsolicited messages to people who have no desire to receive this type of vitriol," he said.

Read HRC's entire complaint AFTER THE JUMP.

FCC Complaint 103112

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  1. "Get gay married OR ELSE!!!!!" hahah

    Posted by: Lucas H | Nov 1, 2012 11:25:21 AM


  2. Yes, boys and girls, during these last few days of the 2012 presidential campaign, it's "chicken little time" for the Rethuglicans. Since they've no coherent plan or messaging for anyone outside their rabid base electorate, the sky indeed is falling on their campaign. So, what's a Rethuglican politician to do but lie, lie, lie their way to induce voters. Unfortunately, there seems to be such a huge number of low-information voters that many probably will believe these GOPer lies and receive their vote under false pretenses. Woe be unto those who fall for this crap and bring onto this nation a new reign of Rethuglican terror for the next four years.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Nov 1, 2012 11:35:13 AM


  3. I'm sure gay republicans fully endorse these tactics, after all its whatever it takes to win at the expense of your own dignity. But then again, do gay republicans have any dignity?

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Nov 1, 2012 11:40:06 AM


  4. My husband received one of these two nights ago and he looked at me, as a married gay man in DC, and was like, "Why the hell am I getting this?". As stated, it was sent "from" an email but arrived as a text message on his iPhone. Couldn't believe they were resorting to such low tactics...wait, yes I can. Our silver lining was that one of their messages was wasted on us. Sad, really.

    Posted by: JBMinDC | Nov 1, 2012 1:47:05 PM


  5. My husband received one of these two nights ago and he looked at me, as a married gay man in DC, and was like, "Why the hell am I getting this?". As stated, it was sent "from" an email but arrived as a text message on his iPhone. Couldn't believe they were resorting to such low tactics...wait, yes I can. Our silver lining was that one of their messages was wasted on us. Sad, really.

    Posted by: JBMinDC | Nov 1, 2012 1:47:06 PM


  6. It's just one last gasp of 2004 all over again. (except then the LCR had a pair)

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Nov 1, 2012 10:39:11 PM


  7. Wow...this reeks of desperation. Sleazy and misinforming, just the way the 'thugs like it. But, that last line is very important...your vote is your voice...every one of us must vote.

    Posted by: millerbeach | Nov 2, 2012 3:21:52 AM


  8. Wow...this reeks of desperation. Sleazy and misinforming, just the way the 'thugs like it. But, that last line is very important...your vote is your voice...every one of us must vote.

    Posted by: millerbeach | Nov 2, 2012 3:22:04 AM


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