State and national Republicans will pay $135,000 to settle a suit involvingaschemetojamDemocratic get-out-the-vote calls in New Hampshire on Election Day 2002, officials said Dec. 2.
“Although we believed our case was very strong, the cost of the trial as well as expected appeals by the New Hampshire Democratic Party would have easily matched or exceeded the present value of the settlement,”stateRepublicanChairman Wayne Semprini said.
Republicans had hired a telemarketing firm to place hundreds of hang-up calls to phone banks for the Democratic Party and the Manchester firefighters union, a nonpartisangroupofferingridestothepolls. Servicewasdisruptedfornearlytwo hours.
Democratshadwantedmorethan $4 million in damages — the cost of seven months’ work for the get-outthe-vote effort. Republicans maintainedthattheyshouldonlyhavehad to pay about $4,000 — the cost of rental and use of the phones.
Mr.SemprinisaidtheRepublican StateCommitteedeploredthephonejamming incident and does not endorse illegal or improper election tactics.
The state party will pay $125,000 over five years, the Associated Press reports. The Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee will pay $5,000 each. Half of that money will go to a charitable organization benefiting Manchester firefighters, and halftoagroupthatsupportspoliceofficers, who investigated the case.