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June 29, 2004
Republican "Outsourcing" A Scam: RNC Complaint

The Republican National Committe has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission, claiming that a Texas non-profit falsely represented itself as a Republican organization in order to embarrass the GOP with its use of a call center in India for contribution collections:

The Republican National Committee filed a complaint Tuesday accusing a Texas group of posing as a GOP organization to raise money by phone using an Indian telemarketing firm and through fund-raising mailings.

The fund-raising telephone calls prompted false, widespread rumors that the RNC was outsourcing its donor phone calls to India, the committee's complaint to the Federal Election Commission says.

The complaint accuses The Republican Victory Committee, based in Irving, Texas, of impersonating the Republican Party and fraudulently raising money by telling prospective donors it was being solicited by the GOP for use by Republican candidates.

Jody Novacek, whom the GOP accuses of running this scam, insists that the RVC is a "Republican-leaning" organization -- whatever that means -- and that the money was going to be used for grass-roots efforts. However, RVC represented itself as an agent for specific candidates at the behest of the Republicans. Novacek seems to be changing her story, at least in the AP's report of the story.

If true, it may just wind up being another scam without any other intent than separating people from their money. However, in today's political climate, it wouldn't surprise me if RVC wound up having connections to people who purposely tried to discredit the GOP by using the Indian call center. The coordination between this setup and one of the main economic themes of the Democrats this year sounds way too good to be a simple coincidence. Even back in 1992, the anti-capitalist hit movie Sneakers finishes up by hinting that the protagonists use their hacking abilities to bankrupt the Republican Party in what supposedly constitutes a happy ending for the Left. After watching the embrace of the lunatic fringe (Michael Moore, et al) by Democrats in this election cycle, this moderate mischief doesn't seem beyond the true believers.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at June 29, 2004 10:05 PM

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