Shadowy unregistered political groups — some of which claim to be “super PACs” — are placing apparently illegal robocalls to voters across Ohio and the country. Experts say the latest form of dirty politics has the power to sway elections, and the problem is escalating nationwide. A Cincinnati-area Democratic congressional primary candidate, David Krikorian, says his defeat at the ballot box on March 6 may have been caused by a robocall that went out to voters the prior weekend, urging them to vote for an unknown candidate who didn’t actively campaign, instead of Krikorian, who was endorsed by many Democratic groups.
The call described Krikorian as a “Reagan conservative,” said he had been “sanctioned by the Ohio Elections Commission for not telling the truth” and called his opponent “the real Democrat for Congress.”
The U.S. attorney’s office and FBI say they’re reviewing complaints that Krikorian filed. The robocalls claimed to be from the “Victory Ohio Super PAC,” which isn’t registered with the Federal Election Commission and doesn’t appear to exist.