The Republicans are up to their dirty tricks, and honestly, someone should throw these people in jail - on either side of the aisle, if you do things like this.
Talking Points Memo has been gathering evidence that Republicans are using robo-phone-calls to annoy voters in Connecticut and New York - i.e., the calls make voters think it's the Democratic candidate harrassing them, so they won't vote for him or her.
The messages start like they are going are from the Democratic candidate "I have a message from...." but then turn in to a negative call. However, callers are only hearing the first part of the message, thinking that it is the Democrat. If callers hang up, they're called back again, and again, and again. End result? The Democratic callers are so ticked off at the Democrat harassing them that they don't vote, or vote for the Republican - without realizing they've just been tricked.
The National Republican Campaign Committee admitted they're making the calls in an Associated Press article reported on TPM Muckraker last Wednesday:
NRCC spokesman Ed Patru denied any illegal intent.Breaking the law to win. It's the only way the GOP knows how to play. And honestly, I've had enough. Whatever the penalty, we should triple it under the new congress. I have simply had it with people trying to steal the vote in our country. This is wrong, regardless of the political party trying it.
"All of our political calls are in compliance with the law," Patru said.
Not so, said the Democrats.
"They are violating the regulations that were set up," said Jen Psaki, a spokeswoman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, who said the DCCC employed one robocall this cycle and paid $500 for it.