Hundreds of people on Tuesday reported
receiving anonymous anti-Obama texts on their cellphones.
According to POLITICO.com, one of the
texts read, “Voting for Obama means voting for same-sex marriage.”
Others include “Obama is using your tax dollars to fund Planned
Parenthood and abortions Is that right?” and “Obama stole $716
Billion in Medicare. We cant [sic] trust Obama to protect our
The texts were sent from email
addresses, not phones, making them difficult to trace.
Domain registrar GoDaddy.com unmasked
the domains for violating their terms of service, identifying
conservative activist Jason Flanary and his Virginia-based firm
ccAdvertising as being behind the unsolicited texts.
Flanary, 33, in 2011 made an
unsuccessful bid for Virginia's state Senate. His communications
firm, ccAdvertising, lists clients such as Grover Norquist's advocacy
group Americans for Tax Reform and the campaigns of several
Such texts violate FEC regulations
because they do not include information on who sent them.
Flanary's firm has previously been
accused of sending political spam. It has defended the practice,
comparing internet-to-phone text messaging to robocalling.