By Victor Omondi – (Source: www.yourblackworld.net) – The office of the attorney general in New York has filed a $2.75m lawsuit against two right-wing voter operatives, who provided false information to Black voters.
“Wohl and Burkman used misinformation to try to disenfranchise Black communities ahead of the election, in a clear attempt to sway the election in the favor of their preferred presidential candidate,” James said in a statement.
Wohl and Burkman, through “Project 1599,” threatened and harassed Black mail-in voters, claiming that their personal information would be exposed to law enforcement, debt collectors, and the government. Through the robocalls, the duo also lied to the Black community that the CDC would access their personal information. In that way, their false schemes reached approximately 5,500 New Yorkers, according to New York AG.
Moreover, voters in Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, and Pennsylvania also reported having received the calls last fall, with an estimated 12,000 in Detroit being subjected to the lies in August 2020. NPR reported the calls targeted predominantly Black areas.
Mail voting was set in place by the government in efforts to give chance to many American voters who were confined due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, the fake organization wrote the following message to the prospective voters:
“Hi, this is Tamika Taylor from Project 1599, the civil rights organization founded by Jack Burman and Jacob Wohl. Mail-in voting sounds great, but did you know that if you vote by mail, your personal information will be part of a public database that will be used by police departments to track down old warrants and be used by credit card companies to collect outstanding debts? The CDC is even pushing to use records for mail-in voting to track people for mandatory vaccines. Don’t be finessed into giving your private information to the man, stay safe and beware of vote by mail.”