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SLED seeks arrests for robocalls

The State Law Enforcement Division has issued six arrest warrants related to automated phone calls made by Republican political consultant Robert Cahaly.

The calls were placed in six S.C. House districts, including two Midlands districts in Richland and Kershaw counties. The calls sounded like a poll, asking those on the phone if the district’s Democratic candidates should invite U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to campaign on their behalf.

But the calls do not identify who paid for them, which is a misdemeanor violation of state law.

“SLED has determined that these illegal calls were made through a Richland County landline telephone number owned by Gadsden and Greene Strategies which is also owned by Cahaly,” the agency said in a press release.

Cahaly is a longtime GOP consultant, advising Lt. Gov. candidate Ken Ard. Efforts to reach Cahaly Tuesday were unsuccessful, but he said Monday evening that he had not broken the law nor spoken with law enforcement.

“We do not have all the details as to what is going on,” Cahaly said in a statement. “It is sad and disappointing that in this charged election cycle full of last minute surprise attacks that Democrat incumbents and power brokers are leveraging all of their influence to create a last minute salacious headline.”