Source of voter ‘Robocalls’ turns himself in
–District Attorney Dan Dow announced yesterday that on Thursday evening, Kevin P. Rice of Kern County contacted the District Attorney’s Office indicating that he was fully responsible for the recent offensive ‘robocalls’ made to registered voters in Supervisorial District 3. The individual reportedly said that he would be willing to be interviewed by a District Attorney Investigator and completely cooperate with the ongoing investigation by the District Attorney’s Office.
Investigators conducted a full interview of Mr. Rice at the District Attorney’s Office from 9 a.m. to 11:12 a.m. this morning, Feb. 28, 2020. Rice provided many details and relevant documentation that is now being reviewed by both the DA’s investigation and prosecution teams. During the interview, Rice was reportedly adamant that he acted independently and did not have any contact with either Supervisor Adam Hill or Candidate Stacy Korsgaden’s campaigns.
Political campaigns in California are governed by the California’s Political Reform Act published in Government Code sections 81000-91014. Any person who knowingly or willfully violates any provision of this title is guilty of a misdemeanor (Cal Gov. C. 91000). Additional state and federal laws regulate the use of telephones and electronic communications systems, according to the DA.
“The integrity of our election system is of paramount importance to our American system of government by the People,” said Dow. “I am firmly committed to aggressively enforcing violations of election and campaign law to ensure that members of our community are able to cast their vote without interference of unlawful campaigning activity.”
The investigation is ongoing, and the District Attorney’s Office is collaborating with other outside law enforcement agencies. The evidence obtained during the investigation will be carefully reviewed to determine whether a crime has been committed.
Anyone with any information that could be helpful to this investigation is encouraged to contact the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation at (805) 781-5800.