House Panel Looks At Phone Jamming In Election

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Capitol Hill (AP) A republican phone-jamming plot aimed at disrupting New Hampshire's 2002 election hits congress today.

Congressman Paul Hodes says he wants a house committee hearing to focus on whether the White House played a role in the plot and whether political interference delayed prosecution of the case until after the 2004 elections.

Allen Raymond, a republican consultant who served three months in prison for helping organize the jamming, is scheduled to testify. He wrote a book entitled “How To Rig An Election.”

The scandal has led to at least three criminal prosecutions and a lawsuit that was settled with republicans paying the democrats $135,000.

More than 800 hang-up calls jammed phone lines set up by the New Hampshire Democratic Party and the Manchester Firefighters' Union to give people rides to the polls on election day in 2002.