Dem Busted; Felony Voter Suppression

( – In a new case of Democrat crime, authorities in New Hampshire formally charged Democratic political strategist Steve Kramer for his involvement in a felony voter suppression scheme producing and disseminating an AI-generated robocall that falsely represented itself as President Joe Biden.

This call discouraged voters from participating in the primary election held in January.

Kramer has acknowledged his responsibility for the robocall’s creation and faces 13 felony counts of voter suppression and 13 misdemeanor counts of impersonating a political candidate.

John Formella, the Attorney General of New Hampshire, expressed his conviction that these charges will deter similar attempts to tamper with electoral processes, using artificial intelligence or other means.

“New Hampshire remains committed to ensuring that our elections remain free from unlawful interference and our investigation into this matter remains ongoing,” Formella emphasized, as cited by CyberScoop.

Reported initially by CNN, the legal action was taken in multiple counties—Rockingham, Belknap, Grafton, and Merrimack—where 13 individuals received the misleading calls in January.

Simultaneously, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has moved to impose a $6 million fine on Kramer for his fraudulent use of a phone number belonging to a former state Democratic party official, Kathy Sullivan, who was leading a super PAC’s write-in campaign for Biden.

Recipients of the robocall were directed to contact Sullivan for further information. Additionally, Lingo Telecom, the carrier that transmitted these calls, faces a proposed $2 million fine.

The company inaccurately certified these calls with an “A-level” attestation, falsely asserting a verified direct relationship with the customer involved.

“We will act swiftly and decisively to ensure that bad actors cannot use U.S. telecommunications networks to facilitate the misuse of generative AI technology to interfere with elections, defraud consumers, or compromise sensitive data,” declared Loyaan A. Egal, chief of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau and chair of the Privacy and Data Protection Task Force.

He also acknowledged the cooperative efforts with the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office in this investigation.

Kramer did not respond to requests for his comments.

However, in April, he told CyberScoop about his cooperation with the New Hampshire Department of Justice, the Attorney General’s office, and the FCC, aiming to comply with a subpoena and assist in preventing future abuses of artificial intelligence like those he previously facilitated.

Furthermore, Kramer is facing a lawsuit from the League of Women Voters and several New Hampshire residents for his role in the AI robocall incident.

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