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This is it.

They all start with a simple, if somewhat ambiguous, statement: “Hello, I’m calling with information about Lois Murphy,” a Pennsylvania Democrat who is the challenger in one of the hottest House races. [...]After she hangs up, the phone rings again later with the same message. And again. And again.
Many of the voters had hung up before the message was over, and never heard that it was produced by the Republican Party.
This is not an isolated incident... this is not some idiot campaign manager being clever. This is a national policy of the Republican Party, subverting democracy as hard as they possibly can.


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Nov. 7th, 2006 02:29 pm (UTC)
The Republicans have sent me bills claiming I pledged money to them. They have claimed I am a member of their party and I would like to help them campaign. They have offered to honor me for my contributions to the Republican party at some kind of event for which I expect I would be required to pay for my "dinner" or the like.
These approaches are particularly suspicious, and unlikely to be simple errors, because I am not even eligible to vote.

At least when the football volunteer phones me and claims I have supported the NA team in the past, I can call him a liar to his face (er . . . ear) but what do you do when it is a recording or mailed to you?
Nov. 7th, 2006 04:46 pm (UTC)
One thing I'm pleased by is the fact that there are significant fines for these calls. They are illegal, and are punishible by fines of around $1000 each.

That's tens of thousands per harassed voter, and tens of millions nationwide. The RNC might be busily bankrupting themseves.
Nov. 7th, 2006 08:29 pm (UTC)
As they see it, if they succeed there will be little or no prosecution because they are holding the reins. So they're going all-out to make sure they keep holding those reins.

Oh, another scam call they're pulling on a large scale is to tell registered Dems their voting location has changed... to a nonexistent or non-voting location. Although that one at least is a trick that's been seen before on a large scale.
Nov. 7th, 2006 11:06 pm (UTC)
Pot, Kettle.
Nov. 8th, 2006 12:37 am (UTC)
And the worst of it is...
...they've been doing this since the fifties. I find the supression and misdirection of voters in minority voter districts to be especially odious. "Make sure you've paid all your parking tickets, and don't have any outstanding bills or warrants before you come to vote!"

When you have to lie to make your case... you have no case.
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