Depriving us of another few delicious months of the NH phone jamming scandal story, the NH Democratic State Committee and NH Republican State Committee have settled their civil suit for an undisclosed sum.
The Repubs’ decision to settle came on the heels of Judge Philip Mangones’ ruling that the Dem’s damage would not be limited to the cost of the phone banks that were compromised on Election Day 2002.
The Dems were looking for $9 million, the Repubs were offering $4 thousand and change, so the agreed-upon figure is somewhere in between.
DSC Chair Kathy Sullivan says she might have a statement to make regarding the settlement later today. One thing is for certain, she’s pissed that RSC Chair Wayne Semprini failed to make the proper apology she requested. So maybe we’ll find out how much she took him for.
UPDATE: The NH Republican State Committee will reportedly pay the Dems $125,000 over five years, while the RNC and the NRSC will pay $5,000 apiece – half of which will go to a charitable organization benefiting Manchester firefighters (who hosted the jammed phone banks), and the other half to a group that supports police officers, (who investigated the case).
State Democratic Chairwoman Kathy Sullivan said the settlement will disrupt GOP contributions into the next decade.
"Over the next five years, every time a Republican donor makes a donation to the Republican State Committee, they will know a portion of that is going to the Democratic Party," she said.
And that’s got to hurt.
Also see: Jamming1, Jammerama, Abramoff