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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2006 12:40 pm 
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Remember the Republican operative who was convicted of illegally jamming phone lines in New Hampshire druing the 2002 election to block get out the vote calls by the Democratic party? Well, that scandal looks like it stretches all the way to the White House! Surprise! Surprise!

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Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 06:06:55 AM PDT
Well, look who was working with convicted political dirty trickster James Tobin in New Hampshire:

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In the days before and after the state Republican Party's 2002 Election Day phone-jamming scheme, the man who now chairs the Republican National Committee was the White House director of political affairs.

And a Democratic-affiliated advocacy group says that court records show Ken Mehlman's office received more than 75 telephone calls from now-convicted phone-jam conspirator James Tobin from Sept. 30 to Nov. 22 of that year.

The Senate Majority Project, a brainchild "527" of former Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle, wonders why Tobin called the White House so often. Tobin at the time worked for the Republican National Committee and the affiliated National Republican Senatorial Committee -- and a hot race that year was the New Hampshire Senate contest between Republican John Sununu and Democrat Jeanne Shaheen.

On election morning, a telemarketer hired by the state GOP jammed the telephones of five state Democratic and one firefighters union get-out-the-vote phone banks [...]

"All we have is the phone number and the fact that calls were made to the White House," says SMP executive director Mike Gehrke, a former high-level Clinton administration staffer. "But we also know from the court record that a lot of other calls about the scheme were going on. For a period of time, this was the hot topic.

"With that many calls, I believe it's inconceivable that there wasn't some knowledge of this at the White House," Gehrke said. "At the very least, it is evidence that there needs to be a bigger net cast here before the end of this case."


As a bonus to this story, guess who Tobin's boss was at the time? Terry Nelson, the ethically compromised DeLay lieutenant hired by opportunist John McCain.

http://www.dailykos.com/tag/James%20Tobin


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Wow! Do they ever stop.


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justinmoon22 wrote:
Wow! Do they ever stop.


No. If nothing else, they are relentless in their corrupt drive for ultimate power.

This story may just be in the initial stages of another gigantic scadal.


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Well, no sooner did I type that, than more info has become available. Nowadays, we can't even get thru one earthshaking White House scandal before the next one hits.

Link: Phone-Jamming Records Point to 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.

The Justice Department has secured three convictions in the case but hasn't accused any White House or national Republican officials of wrongdoing, nor made any allegations suggesting party officials outside New Hampshire were involved. The phone records of calls to the White House were exhibits in Tobin's trial but prosecutors did not make them part of their case.

Democrats plan to ask a federal judge Tuesday to order GOP and White House officials to answer questions about the phone jamming in a civil lawsuit alleging voter fraud.

Repeated hang-up calls that jammed telephone lines at a Democratic get-out-the-vote center occurred in a Senate race in which Republican John Sununu defeated Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, 51 percent to 46 percent, on Nov. 5, 2002.

Besides the conviction of Tobin, the Republicans' New England regional director, prosecutors negotiated two plea bargains: one with a New Hampshire Republican Party official and another with the owner of a telemarketing firm involved in the scheme. The owner of the subcontractor firm whose employees made the hang-up calls is under indictment.

The phone records show that most calls to the White House were from Tobin, who became President Bush's presidential campaign chairman for the New England region in 2004. Other calls from New Hampshire senatorial campaign offices to the White House could have been made by a number of people.

A GOP campaign consultant in 2002, Jayne Millerick, made a 17-minute call to the White House on Election Day, but said in an interview she did not recall the subject. Millerick, who later became the New Hampshire GOP chairwoman, said in an interview she did not learn of the jamming until after the election.

A Democratic analysis of phone records introduced at Tobin's criminal trial show he made 115 outgoing calls — mostly to the same number in the White House political affairs office — between Sept. 17 and Nov. 22, 2002. Two dozen of the calls were made from 9:28 a.m. the day before the election through 2:17 a.m. the night after the voting.

There also were other calls between Republican officials during the period that the scheme was hatched and canceled.

Prosecutors did not need the White House calls to convict Tobin and negotiate the two guilty pleas.

Whatever the reason for not using the White House records, prosecutors "tried a very narrow case," said Paul Twomey, who represented the Democratic Party in the criminal and civil cases. The Justice Department did not say why the White House records were not used.

The Democrats said in their civil case motion that they were entitled to know the purpose of the calls to government offices "at the time of the planning and implementation of the phone-jamming conspiracy ... and the timing of the phone calls made by Mr. Tobin on Election Day."

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.

By Nov. 4, 2002, the Monday before the election, an Idaho firm was hired to make the hang-up calls. The Republican state chairman at the time, John Dowd, said in an interview he learned of the scheme that day and tried to stop it.

Dowd, who blamed an aide for devising the scheme without his knowledge, contended that the jamming began on Election Day despite his efforts. A police report confirmed the Manchester Professional Fire Fighters Association reported the hang-up calls began about 7:15 a.m. and continued for about two hours. The association was offering rides to the polls.

Virtually all the calls to the White House went to the same number, which currently rings inside the political affairs office. In 2002, White House political affairs was led by now-RNC chairman Ken Mehlman. The White House declined to say which staffer was assigned that phone number in 2002.

"As policy, we don't discuss ongoing legal proceedings within the courts," White House spokesman Ken Lisaius said.

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Ohio, Florida, New Hampshire.....

These are the states they have been CAUGHT doing their Neo-Con power grab.

It makes you wonder how many States they haven't been detected in yet, or maybe ever!

It is one of the most amazing things to me that the Americans have gone throught TWO obviously rigged elections, and not a whimper of resistence.

It also makes you wonder what the next election will be like, because their power doesn't seem to be waning, except in the eyes of an irrelevant population, who seemongly could care less if their vote is fairly counted or not. Have you noticed that as badly as Bush is preceived, he moves on without a concern? With no resistence from anyone of import.

His biggest visible critic seems to be the mother of a boy killed in his oil soaked bloodbath. Even she has been marginalized.

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The Republicans be Jammin' Mon.

Link: Dems Target GOP Phone-Jamming Scheme
(AP) A phone-jamming scheme designed to keep New Hampshire Democrats from voting on Election Day 2002 has moved out of the courtroom and into the political arena, with leaders from both parties trading words on GOP phone calls made to the White House during that period.

Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean sent a letter to Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, asking him whether the White House or the national GOP authorized the scheme.

More than 897 phone calls from a telemarketing firm jammed phone lines sponsored by the state Democratic Party and a ride-to-the-polls line at the Manchester firefighters union for one to two hours. Two GOP officials were convicted of criminal charges in connection with the operation.

Mehlman, who was White House political director in 2002, responded that neither he nor anyone on his staff spoke with Republicans in New England about a scheme to jam the New Hampshire Democrats' get-out-the-vote phone lines.

The statement came after New Hampshire Democrats argued in court they were entitled to find out whether anyone in the White House or at the RNC knew about the phone-jamming.

Mehlman acknowledged that James Tobin, one of those convicted, and other local GOP officials had called Alicia Davis, the White House political operative responsible for the Northeast, in the days surrounding the election. But he said that was because "one of the most competitive" Senate races that year was in New Hampshire.

Davis is now mid-Atlantic political director for the Republican National Committee.

State Democrats filed a motion in Hillsborough County Superior Court-North last week seeking more information about calls from Tobin, former head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

An analysis by a Democratic group, the Senate Majority Project, show he spoke with state GOP officials on the morning of Election Day 2002, shortly after they halted the phone-jamming, then called the White House Office of Political Affairs and the Republican National Committee. The records also show Tobin placing two dozen calls to the White House in a three-day period around the election.

"Their ulterior purpose was to interfere with our electioneering actions and cast us in a negative light," lawyer Jon Shirley said of the Democrats.

Judge Philip Mangones said he would issue a decision later.

Lawyers for Democrats said they are entitled to more evidence, in light of the timing of Tobin's and other calls and because many went to a government office.

"When somebody who is in the middle of committing a felony repeatedly calls a government office when the crime is falling apart, the people of this country have a right to know whether the conversation involved the crime," Paul Twomey, a lawyer for the Democrats, said after the hearing.

The question of whether White House officials were involved is key to whether the Democrats' lawsuit should be dismissed. One law under which the Democrats sued requires them to show government involvement in harming voters' rights; the Republicans say the lawsuit has no legal basis because no government officials were involved.

Two other people have pleaded guilty to criminal charges related to the phone-jamming operation: the former executive director of the state GOP and a Virginia telemarketer who hired another telemarketing firm to actually place the calls. The owner of the second firm is under indictment.


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