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April 10, 2006
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Records show people in election phone jamming called White House

--Key figures in a phone-jamming scheme designed to keep New Hampshire Democrats from voting in 2002 had regular contact with the White House and Republican Party as the plan was unfolding, phone records introduced in criminal court show.

The records show that Bush campaign operative James Tobin, who recently was convicted in the case, made two dozen calls to the White House within a three-day period around Election Day 2002 -- as the phone jamming operation was finalized, carried out and then abruptly shut down.

The national Republican Party, which paid millions in legal bills to defend Tobin, says the contacts involved routine election business and that it was "preposterous" to suggest the calls involved phone jamming.

This Administration? Involved in anything like Tricky Dick's Dirty Tricks? Preposterous!

(You can tell he's innocent. The Rebublican Party spent millions defending him? Would they do that to keep him from if he might implicate the White House?)

While national Republican officials have said they deplore such operations, the Republican National Committee said it paid for Tobin's defense because he is a longtime supporter and told officials he had committed no crime.

You see? The goodness of their hearts.

(I'll bet there are records, you know. Someone knows whose phone number that was in 2002.)

I do have a serious question, though.

"If all you're pointing out is calls between Republican National Committee regional political officials and the White House political office on Election Day, you're pointing out nothing that hasn't been true on every Election Day," he said.

Are they actually allowed to run electioneering operations out of the White House? I thought that was against the rules.

Posted by AnneZook at 09:52 PM