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Misleading texts about abortion in Kansas linked to a Republican firm


Text messages arrived on Monday, the day before Kansas set to vote on an amendment that would remove the protection of abortion from their state constitution.

Text argued that by endorsing this measure, which could allow a Republican-controlled anti-abortion legislature would defend the “choice”. If the amendment is not passed, constitutional protections remain in placefortification current the law that allows abortion in in first 22 weeks of pregnancy.

“Women in Cop lose choice on reproductive rights,” the text warned. “Vote for on The amendment will give women Choice. Vote YES to protect women’s health.”

unsigned messages have been characterized as misleading by many recipients, including former Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who also served as health and social services secretary in the Obama administration. She told The Washington Post that she was “stunned to receive a message that made clear there have been very concrete attempts use carefully crafted language confuse people before they leave vote”.

Gambit was everything more worries abortion rights advocates and observers because his source was unknown.

But the messages were prepared by a political action committee led by Tim Helskamp, former hardRepublican congressman from Kansas supported fast- growing, republican technology company, according to people habitual with cause who spoke on condition of anonymity as they are not authorized to discuss the publicity blitz. people and groups behind in campaign not previously reported.

The messages were sent from phone numbers that were leased by Alliance Forge, based in in Sparks, Nevada Founded in 2021 Alliance Forge describes itself as “the fastest growing political technology a company proudly serving federal, state and local campaigns across the country.”

The rooms were leased by Alliance Forge from Twilio, a communications company based in San Francisco. The numbers were disabled Monday evening, according to Twilio press secretary Chris Paden, who said the account that rented them was in violation of company policy prohibiting the “distribution of disinformation”.

Alliance Forge CEO David Espinoza said in a statement that “Alliance Forge has not consulted on the message of this message strategy or content”. He said the company was notified on Monday evening of “possible content violation” and “immediately set to work with Twilight team identify the source and nature of in content”.

The Alliance Forge client sending the messages was Do Right PAC chaired by Huelskamp, who served in Congress between 2011 and 2017. PAC lifted more over $532,000 and spent more over $203,000 in support of amendment, according to the statement last month. Hülskamp did not respond to calls and text messages asking comment.

Kansas State Ethics Commission said Monday what’s under current law, text message advocacy for constitutional voting initiatives does not require payment.for Denial of responsibility”.

In this election cycle, Alliance Forge has been paid more over $60,000 from federal campaigns alone, according to documents with Federal Election Commission. Among his clients was Adam Laxalt, the Republican nominee. for US Senate in Nevada and associated committee with Kathy Barnett, politician commentator and an unsuccessful candidate for Republican Party nomination for US Senate in Pennsylvania. Alliance Forge provided text messaging services for both, documents show.

The texts sent on Monday did not mention Alliance Forge or its client, clear way for people who got messages to say who looking for push them in service of “Yes” vote.

Efforts provided new evidence of in power of text messages in political agitation, as well as covert style of connection made possible by platform. Two days after the 2020 election, the Republican firm run from top aide to then-President Donald Trump campaign helped send without a signature text messages calling for supporters in Philadelphia will converge outside a building where local electoral bodies calculated votes. It read: “WARNING: Radical Liberals and Democrats are trying to steal this election from Trump!”

Submitted reports with Kansas Ethics Commission Shows Strong Interest in Exodus of referendum on Tuesday first main vote on abortion with Rowe vs. Wade was upside down in June. The opposing sides spent $11.2 million on this. year, with The Catholic Church and its affiliates distribute $3.4 million in support of amendment, which may give legislators ability impose new restrictions on abortion, and the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood spent $382,000 and $1.3 million, respectively, to counter it.

espinosa, information technology specialist, one of the co-founders of Alliance Forge. other Michael Clement, a Republican operative whose LinkedIn profile says he ruled 2020 campaign of Rep. Burgess Owens (R-Utah) and Greg Baylor, former state director for Republican National Committee and Executive director of Republican Party of Nevada.

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Tyler Hromadka
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