NH Phone-Jamming Scandal Goes To White House

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Last August, we noted the scandal in which James Tobin, the RNC’s regional political director in 2002, was on trial for his part in orchestrating a scheme to jam Democrats’ get-out-the-vote phone lines on Election Day 2002, in New Hampshire.  Tobin and his colleagues retained an Idaho-based call center (named GOP Marketplace) to call Democratic phone lines and hang up repeatedly from 7:45 AM until 9:10 AM in order to prevent calls to likely voters by the Democratic Party.

Since then, Tobin has been convicted for his involvement, but the investigation into the skullduggery continues.

The AP reports that during the course of that day, Tobin and his operatives made several phone calls to the White House.  That’s not, in itself, a surprising thing — it was, after all, election day.

However, as this exhibit to an investigation affidavit shows (PDF format, see p. 3), Tobin called the White House at 11:20 a.m., shortly after Verizon stepped in and shut the phone-jamming operation down.  Tobin and his White House contact (whoever that was) spoke for five minutes.

Do you think the matter was discussed? 

Who did Tobin talk to? 

And what about Naomi?