An enterprising Illinois man has done the unthinkable by forcing Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) to pay him $7,500 for "invasive" robocalls.
Jorge Rojas sued Pelosi's campaign for disrespecting his placement on the "Do Not Call" list with a barrage of tedious fundraising messages.
The Pelosi campaign settled with Rojas and the case was dismissed, Business Insider reported.
Rojas had alleged Pelosi's spam texts intruded violated a 1991 federal law on telemarketing, which also applies to texting.
"As the Supreme Court has explained, Americans passionately disagree about many things. But they are largely united in their disdain for robocalls," the lawsuit said.
Pelosi's campaign sent Rojas 21 texts between November of 2021 and July 2022, violating his "solitude from invasive and harassing telemarketing calls," the lawsuit said. Rojas said he "experienced frustration, annoyance, irritation, and a sense that his privacy has been invaded."
He sought $31,500 in damages including $1,500 for the shrill text messages, which included hysterical appeals about abortion and "democracy."
“It's Nancy Pelosi. I don't usually send you texts this long, but this is dire. Three reports just revealed Dems' Majority is in critical danger. I need you to read
my entire message, then rush $13 before tonight's End of Month Deadline to keep Republicans from EVER holding power again," one of the texts read.
Rojas dismissed the case in February after federal campaign finance disclosures show the Pelosi campaign made a $7,500 payment marked "settlement."
Robocalls and spam texts have become a serious problem in recent years, leading to pressure for action on Capitol Hill. Pelosi herself has complained about being the target of "obscene and sick calls, voicemails and text messages," after House Democrats' phone numbers were leaked in 2016.
"I have received scores of mostly obscene and sick calls, voicemails and text messages," Pelosi told colleagues at the time. "Please be careful not to allow your children or family members to answer your phone or read incoming text messages."
Unfortunately for Pelosi, all of the spam texts in the world were not enough to save her House majority last November. Pelosi, 83, has yet to retire from Congress despite formally stepping down from her longtime role as Speaker of the House.
It's hard to say what good Pelosi has done for the American people after decades in power -- but at least there's one citizen who can say he got something out of her "public service."