Rep. Beto O'Rourke's organization is facing a class-action lawsuit that accuses the Texas Democrat's campaign of spamming voters with text messages.
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the class action lawsuit filed Friday in district court by Sameer Syeed accuses the campaign of sending texts without people's permission, an alleged violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
The suit alleges that Sayeed, though he had not agreed to receive messages, was sent nine texts from Beto for Texas from numbers he was not able to contact in return, which the suit says is a sign they came from an automated system.
Under the law, automated phone systems aren't allowed to call or send texts to people who haven't opted in except in emergencies.
The suit calls for the campaign to pay members of the class action suit at least $500 per message.
The campaign told the Star-Telegram its communications are legal.
“Our grassroots volunteer program with thousands of Texans canvassing, phone banking, texting, and organizing is the largest this state has seen. It is fully compliant with the law,” said Chris Evans, communications director of Beto for Texas.