NRA Political Victory Fund Hit with Class Action Over Alleged Text Message Spam
Crawford v. National Rifle Association of America Political Victory Fund et al.
Filed: May 23, 2023 ◆§ 2:23-cv-00903
A class action alleges the National Rifle Association of America Political Victory Fund has illegally sent automated text messages to consumers nationwide without consent.
A proposed class action alleges the National Rifle Association of America Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) has illegally sent automated text messages to consumers nationwide without consent.
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The 12-page lawsuit claims the Virginia-based political action committee (PAC), which contributes money to political campaigns of candidates endorsed by the NRA, has violated the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) by failing to secure recipients’ permission before sending them automated text messages to promote its political agenda.
The plaintiff, an Arizona woman who claims to have no relationship with the organization and never consented to be contacted, says she received an unsolicited text from the NRA-PVF on November 6 last year.
Per the case, the message included a video file that was automatically downloaded to her phone and contained an artificial or prerecorded voice. The TCPA prohibits the use of an artificial or prerecorded voice to deliver a message for non-emergency purposes without consent, the filing notes.
The plaintiff says the spam text was an “invasion of her privacy” and a “disruption to her daily life,” causing her “aggravation” and “annoyance.”
According to the case, the defendant has subjected “thousands, if not tens-of-thousands” of Arizonians to its “intrusive” automated text messages, which the PAC allegedly sent out “en mass without variation.”
The lawsuit looks to represent anyone in the United States who, within the past four years, was sent a text message from the National Rifle Association of America Political Victory Fund or anyone on its behalf to their cellular telephone number or residential line that included an artificial or prerecorded voice in a video without their prior express consent.
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