Griffith Robo Calls Wrongly Linked To Alabama A&M University

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Alabama A&M University says its phone system was compromised Wednesday and used in robo calls for a local political campaign.

“These calls are not from Alabama A&M University,” said Wendy Kobler, vice president for marketing, communication and advancement. “The University has no involvement in political campaigns.”

Earlier in the day, William Burfitt, a WHNT News 19 viewer, called the station to say he received one of these calls.  He said he heard a recording of a female voice who urged him to support Parker Griffith in the Congressional District 5 race.

WHNT News 19 called Dr. Griffith’s campaign to ask about this.  Barbara Nash, campaign spokesperson, acknowledged the issue and said it was an error.

“In an automated phone call run today, there was a national call vendor error in programming which incorrectly identified Alabama A&M University as the source of the call,” Nash said in a statement.  “Alabama A&M University is not affiliated in any way with Parker Griffith for Congress, and the campaign apologizes to the university for this error on behalf of the vendor.”