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Monday, November 06, 2006

$ 1,000,000,000 fine (in my dreams).

I note a little math booboo over at DailyKos

Republic not Empire writes

Well, there is a big difference here. The NRCC was calling Granite Staters on the Do-Not-Call list, which is a violation of state law, carrying a penalty of $5,000 per violation. To date, the NRCC admitted to 200,000 robocalls.

That means the NRCC is potentially facing a $100 million dollar penalty.

Actually no. $ 5,000 x 200,000 = 1,000 million = one Billion with a B.

OK OK a typo is more likely than a math error and not everyone is on the do not call list. Still looks like the NRCC might be bankrupt this time next year.

I was trying to calm my racing heart by telling myself that they will just appeal up to the supreme court which will do the dirty deed (again) for the good of the REPUBLICan party. Then I read this

The Supreme Court, by not hearing an appeal, upheld a North Dakota law banning robocalls by telemarketers — and others, such as political advocacy groups.

Oh myyyyy that is nice. I don't think even the current 9 would be willing to overturn a precedent so quickly.

What to do ? Get "gotvoice" and nail them. Someone calls you at 6:00 AM and you really would like them to pay a $ 5,000 fine ? Get GotVoice. It's not just New Hampshire either.

Looking forward to dirty tricks from the ARCC (American Republican Congressional Campaign Commmittee) after the NRCC ceases to exist.

Come on let me dream.

update: Not a typo a math boo boo. The potential possible conceivable fine is $1,000,000,000

says the ap.
Under state law, delivering prerecorded political messages to numbers on any federal do-not-call list is punishable by a fine of $5,000 per call.

Jim Kennedy, an election law attorney in the attorney general's office, said it doesn't matter where a group is located or who is making the calls if they are being made to New Hampshire residents, they are illegal.

It is estimated that more than 200,000 of the calls were made.

Among other things, fines of "up to $1,000,000,000" could get a lot of attention. The scam will backfire if it is publicized. Got to get the news to TV viewers.

Update: Some confusion it seems about total calls and calls in New Hampshire. I mean either that or serious trouble with the place value number system. Current estimate 2,000 calls not 200,000 so dream of $ 10,000,000 not $ 1,000,000,000.

State statue allows for a civil penalty of up to $5,000 for each call. The NRCC allegedly made more than 2,000 calls.

Or, on the other hand, 200,000 > 2,000 so the reports are consistent.

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