Thursday, January 04, 2007

NH GOP Jammin'    Part Four


T
his one just keeps on givin'.

In a RawStory article on a possible Abramoff connection in the New Hampshire 2002 election cycle from last May, an early mention was made of dates that coincide with the NH Gop phone-jamming scandal and an apparently improper contribution from tribes that had been previously linked to Abramoff's illegal funneling of funds to GOP candidates.

This week we learn from a LostNationTV post titled "Did Abramoff Pay for NH Phone Jamming?" that ex-jailbird and former boss of Kevin Blier, Chuck McGee has said in an August deposition that funds were transfered from the Abramoff connected out-of-state tribes with gambling interests to the NH GOP just days before the phone-jamming scheme was put into action.  This political contribution was for the exact amount paid to the the firm, Republican Marketplace, that was hired to jam the Democrats phone banks.

From the Manchester Union Leader's John Distaso:
"SPECIAL DELIVERY

Former Republican State Committee executive director Charles McGee said under oath that a staffer for Sen. Judd Gregg delivered checks from two clients of now-jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff to the party office about a week before the 2002 election.

The donations from the Mississippi Choctaw and Agua Calienti tribes totaled $15,000. That is about the same amount McGee then paid a consulting firm to hire the telemarketer that illegally jammed Democratic and union get-out-the-vote phone banks with hang-up calls.

While questioning McGee in an Aug. 30 deposition in the now-settled phone-jamming civil suit, Democratic attorney Paul Twomey said, "But you were aware that somebody working for Senator Gregg, either his office or his campaign, hand-delivered those checks to the Republican State Committee."

McGee responded, "I believe that's correct."

Former state GOP office manager Kristy Stuart gave similar testimony.

[snip]

Nearly a year ago, Gregg turned over to charity $12,000 in donations he had received in 2002 and 2004 from the two tribes."
Given McGee's earlier recollection that Blier was aware of the scheme before its implementation (see the FBI report on McGee's interview, pgs 4 & 6) and these revelations about a potential Abramoff connection to that scheme, it would now seem even more important than ever to know what degree of separation, if any, there is between Blier and the now exposed and discredited GOP culture of corruption.

What do fellow GOP conservatives say about The Center for American Cultural Renewal? "...(A)n organization with no Washington presence and little clout with social conservatives outside Vermont where it is based."


1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blier is nothing but a scam artist who thinks he's smarter then everyone else,yet has so many lies & secrets that he can't tell them apart.He believes he can scam anyone & everyone without any consequences.Evil + Evil = Evil,& that is what blier is,plain Evil.
All talk though,that's about it.Twinkies & lies,lol.Bet it runs in the family.Where all on to you,you bigit,lying so-called American.

Mon Jul 13, 07:16:00 PM EDT  

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