Political text messages urge people to call Sen. Donnelly, vote Kavanaugh

Political text messages
Texts encourage support for Kavanaugh

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – Maybe you've received one of these texts in the past few days.

It asks people to call Senator Donnelly to convince him to vote to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

13 Investigates looked into where they're coming from and what you can do if you don't want to get them.

In most cases, the texts came from a 317 phone number so it looks local.

Some have reported the texts coming from a 765 area code as well.

The text comes from a group called the "Judicial Crisis Network."

That's a very conservative political campaign group.

So we wondered is that legal?

The answer is "yes", even if you've signed up for the "Do Not Call" list.

Political organizations are basically exempt from most "Do Not Call" requirements.

They do have a few restrictions and limits on when they can use "auto-dialers". But generally political messages are "fair game".

However, you should be able to opt out.

This text doesn't include that option and we can't find a place to do so on the group's websites.

So in a situation like this, reply with a message like "STOP TEXTING" or "UNSUBSCRIBE TEXTS."

That should be the end of that group.

But if they keep texting you have a good complaint to the FCC and the Attorney General or you can just swipe and ignore the texts.

Bottom line: Expect to see a lot more political messages this fall, especially since Indiana's Senate race is in the national spotlight.

Campaigns say texting is a really effective way to get out their message.