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Thank you for your patience while we restore access to We have determined that the unexpected loss of service was not related to high pre-election traffic or sabotage. A distorted signal between Verizon and the Center's headquarters in Washington, DC appears to have knocked the site offline -- at a most inconvenient time. If you have questions or have difficulties accessing OpenSecrets, please email (our usual e-mail is not working either) or call 202-857-0044.

What caught my attention was that VERIZON is involved. And I remember that Verizon's Senior Corporate Counsel testified before a Congressional Committee in support of Gonzales and the legality of the torture memo. Certainly not a friend of open government.

That doesn't mean this was intentional.

Does anyone have the expertise to know whether this explanation by the organization of their loss of service makes sense and is likely to happen?

Originally posted to eve on Tue Oct 31, 2006 at 07:19 AM PST.

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