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Campaigns Now Sending Text Messages

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Between the yard signs and the TV ads, it seems you can't go anywhere these days without being bombarded by messages from political campaigns -- and now they may be finding you somewhere new: your cell phone.

Julie Holgate says the campaigning has gone too far. "I've been getting knocks on my door," she explains, "[I] thought the cell phone would be safe."

No such luck. On Tuesday, a text message popped up on her phone that read, "Find our why top anti-fracking lawyers pour money into Heitkamp's campaign."

Holgate wasn't sure what to think about the message. "Is it illegal?" she asked. "I don't even know."

We went to Cass County State's Attorney Birch Burdick to find out. "I understand that there are some complaints that ... they were uninvited messages," he tells us, "and some folks ... given their calling plan, had to pay for the messages." Burdick says campaigning through text messages is not illegal in the state of North Dakota, although there are laws against automated audio messages, or so-called "robo calling."

Legal or not, it can be annoying. Holgate says she's disgusted with how far the campaigning has gone, declaring, "It makes me almost not want to vote for whoever who sent this."

A group out of Virginia called the Life and Marriage PAC is responsible for the anti-Heidi text messages.

Burdick says residents can contact their legislators if they wish to see campaign text messages banned.


And don't forget! We have all the information you need to be ready on election day right here on ValleyNewsLive.com.

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