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Tuesday, April 25, 2006
New Hampshire plumbers?
The New Hampshire phone-jamming scandal looks like it may add to the things the current occupants of the White House have to worry about.
The facts, on the surface at least, are suspicious: dozens of phone calls to the White House by a man later convicted in the case; the national Republican Party agreeing to pay more than $2.5 million in legal bills; phones jammed on Election Day, not only of Democrats but of a firefighters' group, in the first U.S. congressional elections since the Sept. 11 attacks. Democrats say that disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff may even be involved.

"The calls to the White House and the relationship with White House staff are a real eye-opener and should be a cause for concern on all fronts," said Sheila Krumholz, acting executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington- based research group. "It calls into question who the person was on the end of that telephone line."

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