NC: Text messages from Americans in Contact PAC flood Shuler, Kissell districts
Americans in Contact PAC (AICPAC) has sent unsolicited text messages to voters in North Carolina’s 11th and 8th Congressional District since Sunday, according to sources in Buncombe County and the North Carolina Democratic Party.
The text contains “negative messages” and gives a return number that goes to Democratic campaign offices. This may be a violation of campaign regulations in that the message does not offer text recipients accurate return contact information.
In a statement, Andrew Whalen, executive director of the North Carolina Democratic Party, said, “North Carolinians are sick and tired of shady and anonymous interest groups trying to play games with the democratic process.”
That sentiment was echoed by Charles Carter, head of the Buncombe County Democratic Party, which lies in the 11th district. Carter said, “There is so much third-party money coming into the district it’s hard to keep track.” Carter confirmed that the texts received by voters contained a negative message and “has caused quite a reaction.”
Democratic Reps. Heath Shuler and Larry Kissell are incumbents in the states 11th and 8th districts, respectively.
The North Carolina Independent News is attempting to confirm the “negative message” on the texts.
On its website, AICPAC says it mission “is to identify social and fiscal conservatives throughout America and engage them at the Grassroots level in the political process of elections and legislation at all levels of Government (local, county, state and federal).”
The group claims to have contact info for 120 million homes contained in proprietary databases.
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