GOP paying hush money?

I’ve mentioned the New Hampshire phone-jamming scandal a few times before — in 2002, state GOP officials hired a telemarketing company to jam the Democrats’ phones on election day. Several folks have been sent to prison over this, and one final figure is still fighting his way through the courts.

Last December, James Tobin was convicted for his role. He’s appealing his conviction, but it’s expensive.

The Republican National Committee has already acknowledged paying almost three-quarters of a million dollars towards Tobin’s defense, to the dismay of some (and, sadly, the apathy of many others).

Well, apparently the RNC is following the lead of Republicans in Congress and the White House, and continuing to pour more good money after bad. A New Hampshire newspaper columnist has been following the case, and he noted that the RNC paid Tobin’s lawyers a whopping $1,771,360.21 on the very day he was convicted.

The RNC refuses to say just what that money is for, but if was for Tobin, that would mean the RNC has forked over two and a half million dollars — that’s $2,500,000.00. That would buy 50 brand-new Chevy Corvettes. If it was converted to quarters and stacked, it woud be a tower almost nine miles high. (I think I got the math right.)

And it’s all going towards defending someone who has been convicted of tampering with a US Senate election.

Forget Abramoff. This is a REAL scandal, nearly of the magnitude of the 2004 cases where Democrats sabotaged buses and other vehicles designed to get voters to the polls. The RNC has to explain just why it’s paid so much for Tobin’s defense, and whether or not they’re still picking up his tab. Just what grand benefit do they think is being served with all this money given by the party’s faithful.

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