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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

ANOTHER REPUBLICAN CONVICTED IN NEW HAMPSHIRE.....................................

EX-GOP OFFICIAL TO BE SENTENCED

CONCORD, New Hampshire---A former Republican National Commitee official convicted in a phone-jamming scheme designed to keep New Nampshire Democrats from voting in 2002 is facing up to seven years in prison when he goes before a judge for sentencing.

James Tobin of Bangor, Maine, was sceduled to be sentenced Wednesday. He was found guilty in December on two telephone harrassment charges also faces up tp $500,000 fine. His lawyers have asked for a new trial.

Tobin, 45, stepped down as New England chairman of President Bush's re-election campaign in 2004 when Democrtas accused him of playing a role in the jamming on Election Day 2002, when Republican John Sununu won a hotly contested U.S. Senate race against then-Gov. Jeanne Shaheen.

The scheme jammed get-out-the-vote phone lines set up by the state Democratic Party and the Manchester firefighters' union for about an hour with more than 800 hang-up calls.

At the time, Tobin was serving as a regional official for the RNC and the National Republican Senatorial Committee, overseeing Senate campaigns in several states, including New Hampshire and Maine.

Tobin was convicted of putting the one-time executive director of the New Hampshire GOP in touch with the head of a Virginia telemarketing firm, who then hired another firm to actually place the hundreds of hang-up calls.

The jamming has led to four criminal prosecutions. The state Democratic party filed a civil lawsuit, alleging the jamming violated voters' rights. Republicnas have asked for the lawsuit to be dismissed.

Source: MSNBC
Associatd Press
May 17, 2006

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