Over at TPM, we've been keeping tabs on the robo calls being done by the National Republican Campaign Committee all over the country.
In each case, the calls begin with "Hi, I'm calling with information about [insert local Democratic candidate here]," and then continues to provide negative information about the candidate. Counter to FCC rules, which require that the caller identify themselves early on in the call, the calls only reveal that they are paid for by the NRCC at the end of the call. You can listen to one of these calls (from New York's 19th district) here. There are more than a few reports of voters getting frustrated by repeated calls they believe to be from the Dem candidate
Now the thing is, each call is potentially a violation of FCC rules (aside from any other fraud). The potential fines for the GOP operatives run into millions. We'll see whether the FCC is as incompetent as FEMA was under Michael Brown, and we'll see just how Bush appointees handle crimes committed by their friends. Potential friends.
Early this morning, Keystone Politics editors received and released a poll by McCulloch Research and Polling showing that Rick Santorum was within 4 points of retaining his Senate seat. Further research into McCulloch Research and Polling shows that Rod McCulloch, principal at the firm, has been indicted in voter fraud and forgery in Illinois.
It looks as though Mary Kiffmeyer’s Secretary of State website has not properly complied with recent legislation. From today’s [10/30/06] DFL Press Release (the full text of which can be found below the fold):
“The Secretary of State’s website deceives the public about current eligibility requirements for voting in Minnesota elections and doesn’t include all the methods for same day registration,” Minnesota DFL Chair Brian Melendez said. “Unless she’s going to claim that she doesn’t know the law, I’m not sure how she could argue that she’s not in violation. Either way Minnesotans deserve better in the Secretary of State’s office.”