The Illinois man who accused Nancy Pelosi of violating federal anti-robocall laws is currently in possession of $7,500.
In a 13-page lawsuit filed in the autumn of 2022, Jorge Rojas of Bolingbrook, Illinois charged former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her campaign with violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991.
In addition to restricting robocalling, this law prohibits telemarketers from contacting individuals who have registered with the Do Not Call Registry.
“As the Supreme Court has explained, Americans passionately disagree about many things,” reads Rojas’s complaint. “But they are largely united in their disdain for robocalls.”
“According to the suit, Rojas received 21 texts from Pelosi’s campaign from November 2021 to July 2022 despite previously placing himself on the registry in 2008 to “obtain solitude from invasive and harassing telemarketing calls,” Business Insider reported.
He went on to argue that he “experienced frustration, annoyance, irritation, and a sense that his privacy has been invaded” by the texts.
Arguing that the texts constituted “malicious, intentional, willful, reckless, wanton and negligent disregard” for his rights, Rojas sought at least $31,500 in damages from Pelosi’s campaign, including $1,500 for each text received.
But months later, on February 22, Rojas moved to dismiss the suit against Pelosi.
And according to federal campaign finance disclosures made public on Friday, the dismissal came after Rojas received a $7,500 payment marked “Settlement” from Pelosi’s congressional campaign.
Fundraising texts sent in Pelosi’s name have achieved a certain level of notoriety — and infamy — in recent years.
“Why won’t Nancy Pelosi stop emailing me?” was the title of a recent Los Angeles Times column that expressed displeasure with increasingly aggressive campaign solicitations in general.
Less than an hour after the repealing of Roe V. Wade Nancy Pelosi uses it to ask for more donations. (2022) pic.twitter.com/0ZcytQq0VS
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In his lawsuit, Rojas printed out the text of some of the fundraising emails he received, including one that targeted Sens. Rob Portman of Ohio, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, and Richard Shelby of Alabama as they retired from office. CONTINUE READING…