The group, Women's Voices Women Vote, launched the call which told voters they would soon receive voter registration forms in the mail, according to a news release. But the deadline to register for the primary had passed. The call didn't include information about who made the call, so confused voters couldn't get clarification.
Cooper's announcement seemed aimed at those launching their own robocalls now.
"My office takes quick action against robocalls that don't strictly follow the law," Cooper said, adding that he believes robocallers should honor the Do Not Call Registry, which stops telemarkers, but not campaigns from calling. "If you get illegal telemarketing calls, let my office know about it."
Women's Voices Women Vote will pay $100,000 in civil penalties. The money will go to North Carolina schools. The group has agreed to stay out of the election in North Carolina. Before it can resume political activity, it must give Cooper's office a written description of how it would comply with state law.
Cooper said anyone receiving an illegal robocall or telemarketing pitch can call 1-877-5-NO-SCAM.
Update: In a news release, Women's Voices Women Vote said that the group acknoledges it violated the law, but that the calls were meant to encourage participation and that the group's name was mistakenly left off the robocalls.
"It was not our intention that the robocalls or our mailings cause any comfusion as to whether any individual was already registered to vote," Page Gardner, president of the grop said in a news release. "Our effort was squarely aimed at encouraging registration of underrepresented voters in North Carolina for the upcoming general election."