The Daily Sandwich

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Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Monday, April 17, 2006

NH phone jamming case heats up

With the conviction of New England GOP heavy Jim Tobin late last year, I assumed the story was over. I couldn't have been more wrong.

Tobin is now being linked to RNC chairman Ken Mehlman (then in the White House), Jack Abramoff, and Tom DeLay by communications and finances.

The latest twist us a real 'follow the money' moment, too. Although I hadn't given it any thought, jamming a phone bank requires a lot of coordination. And cash.

New Hampshire Democrats pored over the filings of the New Hampshire Republican Party and found three contributions for $5,000 each, all shortly before the election. One was from Americans for a Republican Majority, Tom DeLay's political action committee. The other two were from the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, tribes that were clients of Jack Abramoff. Those checks add up almost exactly to the cost of the phone jamming.