Is Victoria Kolakowski, Candidate for Alameda County Superior Court Judge, Violating California State Law?
Last Sunday (as previously blogged) I was disappointed after having my son’s baseball game interrupted by an annoying impersonal robocall from Victoria Kolakowski’s Superior Court Judge campaign. I’ve sort of been going at it with Vicky on my blog and on her Facebook page over the past week on what I feel is unethical campaigning on her part.
Earlier today I was made aware that the robo calls that she has been making are very likely in fact illegal according to California State law (thanks to EndTheRoboCalls for the information on this illegality). Certainly someone who is currently a judge and running for another more serious judge position ought to obey California State law. Our judges are elected to know, enforce and most certainly abide by state law themselves.
To make matter worse, Kolakowski’s current position as a law judge is actually with the California PUC, the very agency that documents the illegality of the robo dials she is making.
I just fired off the following email to the three candidates currently running for Superior Court Judge in Alameda County.
Gentlemen and Vicky:
I was recently made aware that robocalls are illegal in the state of California per the California code.
Here is a document by the California PUC documenting that robocalls by political candidates are in fact illegal according to California State law: http://goo.gl/hyWp
Here is also an article from the San Jose Mercury News discussing the illegality of these calls: http://goo.gl/Zuvi
In fact, just last week, the Santa Clara District Attorney settled for $900,000 with one such company who was illegally using robocalls.
Last Sunday I received one of these illegal calls from Victoria Kolakowski’s campaign, on a Sunday during the middle of my son’s baseball game on my cell phone at that. I have saved a recording of the call if any of you would like a copy. Vicky has acknowledged that such a call was made both on my blog as well as on her Facebook page.
Question. Why would someone running for judge violate California State law? Shouldn’t a judge, who is given tremendous legal responsibility in our society, know, abide and uphold the law?
Update: I sent off an email earlier this morning to Oakland City Attorney John Russo. City Attorney Russo was the person whose voice was used for the illegal robodial by Kolakowski’s campaign. Certainly someone who is City Attorney of Oakland and sworn to uphold the law should not be participating in this illegal activity by Kolakowski. If you’d like to hear his message you can hear it here: Illegal Robodial By Victoria Kolakowski’s Campaign
I will update this post with Russo’s position when I hear back from him.