Lawsuit Aims to Stop Automated Political Calls

HONOLULU (KHNL) - You ve heard them before: "robocalls", those automated phone messages that plug political candidates during election season. A lawsuit now aims to stop one that endorses Representative Ed Case.

Two Honolulu attorneys are suing the US Chamber of Commerce because they say it is illegally supporting Ed Case in the primary election.

Jim Bickerton and Barry Sullivan say a series of "robocalls" or automatic phone messages that commonly go out to potential voters during election season; clearly support the election of Ed Case. And they say a "robocall" paid for by corporations such as the Chamber of Commerce is illegal.

A portion of the recorded message:

"Ed Case supports tax cuts to help put more money in the pockets of Hawaii's families. This message was paid for by the US Chamber of Commerce. Thank you."

Sullivan says they realize a ruling will probably not come in before the primary election, and even if a violation is found, it will be too late to put a stop to it.

A spokesperson from the Case camp said they didn't know anything about the complaint and have nothing to do with the calls. KHNL was not able to get comment from the Chamber of Commerce Monday night.