I am writing to you in regards to the issue of campaign political texts. In recent days I have received two of those, the first one containing disparaging remarks about voting for Democrats in general, while the second trashed a particular democratic candidate.
My concern stems from the fact that:
a) I have not authorized anyone to text me or subscribed to any group that would be doing that. This is totally unsolicited.
b) Nobody is taking responsibility for those texts. In any other campaign media there is supposed to be a note indicating who is approving that message. In this one, there is no one and there is no way to know who is sending it. The only ID in the text is a Maryland number 1-410-000-001.
c) Texts can cost money to the recipient. I have texted back telling them to stop spamming me. Evidently this hasn't worked.
d) I have no idea how they got hold of my cell phone number. In the case of email, there is always an "unsubscribe" option. In texts there is not.
e) I know that I am not the only one who has received these kinds of texts. Some friends have, while others have not. I don't know who is selling them data, but I consider this an invasion of privacy.
I am writing to you because I believe that this is an issue whose legality has be addressed somewhere.
Legislation requiring people to ask for permission to text, identify themselves, and provide recipients with an "unsubscribe" option would probably fix this problem. If there is no initiative for that yet, perhaps this is the time to do it.
Thank you very much for your time, and I thank you for the attention that you may provide to this concern.
PS. If it were the Democrats doing this, I would still be complaining. Probably more, as I favor the Democrats and it would be horribly embarrassing if they were engaging in such kind of behavior.