The League of Women Voters of the United States (LWV-US), the League of Women Voters of New Hampshire (LWV-NH), and individual voters have filed an amended complaint in their lawsuit against Steven Kramer and several corporations that orchestrated and disseminated deceptive, intimidating robocalls to thousands of New Hampshire voters ahead of the state’s January 2024 presidential primary. They filed this amended complaint to incorporate new information that has recently emerged, clarifying and confirming the roles played by the defendants in the scheme to intimidate and deceive New Hampshire voters. 

The amended complaint addresses the recently issued criminal indictments by the State of New Hampshire that charge Steve Kramer with 13 felony counts of voter suppression and 13 misdemeanor counts of impersonation of a candidate, across four New Hampshire counties. It also addresses facts made public through the Federal Communications Commission’s enforcement actions against Steve Kramer and Lingo Telecom, which propose respective fines of $6 million and $2 million. 

Further, the amended complaint names a new defendant, Voice Broadcasting Corporation, an affiliate of defendant Life Corporation that contracted with Steve Kramer and worked with Life Corporation to broadcast the unsolicited, intimidating, deceptive calls to thousands of New Hampshire voters. Voice Broadcasting Corporation’s role in the scheme was admitted by Life Corporation in court filings. 

The criminal charges and the FCC enforcement actions are indicative of the serious risk that deepfake technology pose to the rights of voters and across the country. But these charges would not block these defendants from carrying out similarly unlawful intimidation campaigns prior to the upcoming 2024 election. For this reason, LWV-US, LWV-NH, and the individual voters remain committed to their civil suit and to seeking an injunction that would block these defendants from creating and disseminating deepfaked, spoofed calls that intimidate, threaten, and deceive voters prior to the 2024 election and all future elections. 

The plaintiffs are represented by Free Speech For People and by co-counsel Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and local counsel Preti, Flaherty, Beliveau & Pachios, Chartered, LLP.

Read the amended complaint here.