Telemarketer pleads guilty in 2002 GOP phone jamming plot

Telemarketer pleads guilty in 2002 GOP phone jamming plot

[JURIST] Shaun Hansen, former owner of the telemarketing firm Mylo Enterprises Inc., pleaded guilty to two federal counts of conspiracy to commit interstate telephone harassment on Wednesday for his involvement in the New Hampshire GOP's 2002 phone jamming plot [Wikipedia backgrounder] against the state's Democratic Senate candidates. Prosecutors alleged that Hansen was paid $2,500 to make phone calls to jam Democratic phone lines meant to encourage voters to turn out and help voters get rides to polls on Election Day 2002. A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Earlier this year, James Tobin [SourceWatch profile], President Bush's 2004 campaign chairman for New England, was sentenced to 10 months in prison [US DOJ press release] after being convicted [US DOJ press release] in December for his involvement in jamming phone lines [JURIST report] to block Democratic voting drives. In June, a New Hampshire judge dismissed five of the eight counts [JURIST report] in a lawsuit brought by Democrats against Republicans in a civil lawsuit concerning the phone jamming plot. AP has more. The Manchester Union Leader has local coverage.