Wisconsin Legislators Want to Make Prank Calls Illegal

Scott Walker. Photo: WisPolitics.com (CC)

Scott Walker. Photo: WisPolitics.com (CC)

Aaron Cynic writes at Diatribe Media:

In late February, Ian Murphy of the Buffalo Beast punked Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker when he called the governor’s office, pretending to be billionaire David Koch.

Not only did he embarrass the union busting politician, but he revealed some dirty tricks the governor planned to use against the Wisconsin Democratic opposition to his anti-union bill and exposed the callous attitude people in power have towards their subjects.

When a smart and resourceful citizen exposes a politician’s contempt for a large portion of his constituency, there aughta be a law. Thankfully, two Republican Wisconsin legislators, who deny any connection to the prank call on the governor, have written one.

The Badger Herald reports the bill would prohibit callers from “defrauding” someone on the other end by pretending to be someone else. In an email to legislators, Rep. Mark Honadel and Sen. Mary Lazich said “While use of spoofing is said to have some legitimate uses, it can also be used to frighten, harass and potentially defraud.”

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  • etnad777

    That is awesome, down with those slackers.

  • etnad777

    That is awesome, down with those slackers.

  • 5by5

    As opposed to “defrauding” the people of your state by claiming to run for office in order to represent them, when in fact, you’re just a paid business agent of the billionaire Koch brothers, and intend to sell the entire state to them. Classic projection. A fundamental feature of the conservative mindset. Project all your sins onto others, and blame the for the thing you yourself are guilty of.

    Mubarak Walker just wants to turn Wisconsin into Iraq – no bid contracts to wealth private interests designed to suck all the natural wealth right the hell out of the state and into their personal coffers. He’s violated so many ethics rules, this dweeb is gonna be lucky if he ONLY gets recalled, and doesn’t end up in a jail cell next to Tom Delay.

  • 5by5

    As opposed to “defrauding” the people of your state by claiming to run for office in order to represent them, when in fact, you’re just a paid business agent of the billionaire Koch brothers, and intend to sell the entire state to them. Classic projection. A fundamental feature of the conservative mindset. Project all your sins onto others, and blame the for the thing you yourself are guilty of.

    Mubarak Walker just wants to turn Wisconsin into Iraq – no bid contracts to wealth private interests designed to suck all the natural wealth right the hell out of the state and into their personal coffers. He’s violated so many ethics rules, this dweeb is gonna be lucky if he ONLY gets recalled, and doesn’t end up in a jail cell next to Tom Delay.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    This legislation would basically have outlawed Walker’s entire hoax of a political career. Go dtreise Dia a lámha!

  • Anonymous

    This legislation would basically have outlawed Walker’s entire hoax of a political career. Go dtreise Dia a lámha!

  • Hadrian999

    this is really just a time delayed reaction to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1_qx8yXjt0

  • Hadrian999

    this is really just a time delayed reaction to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1_qx8yXjt0