Julius Henson, past campaign consultant to former Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich was ordered by a U.S. District Court judge to pay $1 million to the state for sending out robocalls to prevent Black voters from visiting the polls in 2010.
According to the Associated Press, Attorney General Douglas Gansler announced Judge Catherine Blake’s order on May 29. The calls were in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
Henson’s company, Universal Elections and employee Rhonda Russell were ordered to pay the damages.
The calls, which were sent out during the 2010 general election in Prince George’s County and Baltimore City, went out to 110,000 phones.
“Hello. I’m calling to let everybody know that Governor O’Malley and President Obama have been successful,” the call said. “Our goals have been met. The polls were correct and we took it back. We’re OK. Relax. Everything’s fine. The only thing left to do is watch it on TV tonight. Congratulations, and thank you.”
Henson told the AFRO in 2010 that it was his decision whether or not to use the robocalls. On May 11, he was convicted of conspiring to not provide an authority line.
“Universal Elections made the call and it was my decision to make the call,” Henson told the AFRO in 2010. “It’s really nonsensical that is coming from the people who won by 14 points and were leading by 14 points for more than a week.”
Henson will be sentenced June 13.