Here are some relevant grafs (no link at the moment, it was just emailed to me) from the latest New Hampshire Democratic Party
press release (who seem always to be dealing with GOP phone crimes; remember the 2002 phonejamming scandal
MANCHESTER - After days of Congressman Charlie Bass's refusal to do anything to stop the illegal National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) calls that were pouring into the Second Congressional District sounding like they were from the Hodes campaign, the New Hampshire Democratic Party received confirmation this afternoon from the NRCC that it will stop making the negative, illegal calls.
Over the weekend, Democrats and Paul Hodes were able to work with the NH Attorney General's office to contact the NRCC's attorneys and demand the calls stop immediately. The NRCC's General Counsel informed the Deputy Attorney General that it has stopped making the illegal calls.
According to state statute, each violation that occurred against residents registered on the "Do Not Call" list results in a $5,000 fine. The NRCC admitted in press reports this morning that over 200,000 calls were made which could potentially lead up to over a $100 million civil law suit. (NH RSA 664:14-III, and according to NH RSA 664:14-IVa each violation shall result in a $5,000 penalty.)
Now, Keener's been all over this here, here, here, and here, and I've weighed in as well here, here, and here. And to be fair to the MSM, the story is getting some traction in the state (see below). However, the damage has already been done, and although the polls look pretty darn good for Hodes right now, this will be a race to the finish.
How many votes did these robocalls suppress do to their miselading harrassment? And if you think it's not a problem, read this LTE the Concord Monitor just received:
A letter-writer to the Monitor said she had been "bombarded by recorded election messages from Paul Hodes." Marilyn Jewell of Concord wrote that she would be sure to vote for Bass, in part because "he doesn't pester me to death."
And what's going on in the other states where this is occuring? Is there recourse to legal action?
The NRCC deserves to lose every penny of that $100 million for this dirty election trick.
Update: As noted in a few spots below, $,5000 plus 200,000 calls = $1 billion in possible fines. I'm not sure whether the NHDP release knowingly reduced the number to reflect the probable number of Do-Not-Call registered callers, or whether there is a simple math mistake.
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