Scott Walker's "David Koch" phone fail: GOP seeks to outlaw prank calls

Two Wisconsin Republicans insist up and down that their bill to outlaw prank phone calls has nothing to do with their governor being humiliated by a blogger posing as billionaire GOP financier David Koch.

rank calls are really scary, say Sen. Mary Lazich and Rep. Mark Honadel, whose bill would make it illegal for someone like Ian Murphy to punk Walker into exposing his strategy for trying to bust Wisconsin's public employee unions.

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"Spoofing is said to have some legitimate uses," Honadel's spokesman told The Daily Badger, but it can also be used to frighten, harass and potentially defraud people.

Link: Recording the prank call was legal. Here's why.

It can make a victim look really foolish in the national press, too. Especially when the call goes on for 20 minutes while a tape recorder picks up the whole conversation. But Lazich and Honadel say they were working on similar legislation last year, which proves they're not trying to protect Walker from his own gullibility.

Unless maybe they knew what was coming.


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