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Controversial polling firm raises eyebrows in Connecticut

December 22, 2009 by Staff Reporter  
Filed under Business

Moore Information, a Portland, OR-based polling firm that was ensnared in one of the most peculiar side stories of New Hampshire’s 2008 Republican presidential primary, and which is still under investigation here in the Granite State, is now making news in Connecticut for producing surprising polling results.

WWE CEO  Linda McMahon

WWE CEO Linda McMahon

The poll, conducted on behalf of former-WWE CEO Linda McMahon, shows McMahon leading former Congressman Rob Simmons by two points in the Republican U.S. Senate primary. The poll raised eyebrows because it was the first to show McMahon in the lead. McMahon has been spending enormous sums of money to bolster her campaign.

But Moore Information is being investigated by the New Hampshire Attorney General to determine whether the firm was involved in an illegal anti-Mormon push poll in New Hampshire.

According to a January 3, 2008 press release:

Attorney General Kelly A. Ayotte is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying who employed Moore-Information of Portland, Oregon to conduct a poll in New Hampshire, in November 2007, which has been alleged to be a push-poll. New Hampshire’s voters deserve to know whether any candidate in our Presidential Primary violated New Hampshire’s push-poll statute.

On Friday, November 16, 2007, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office received complaints from both Mitt Romney for President, Inc., and John McCain 2008, Inc., alleging that an illegal push-poll was being conducted in New Hampshire, contrary to New Hampshire RSA 664:2, XVII and RSA 664:16-a. As a result of these complaints, this Office commenced an investigation.

Based on the information gathered to date, it has been determined that Western Wats, of Orem, Utah, conducted the telephone poll at issue. It was also determined that Moore-Information, Inc. located at 2130 SW Jefferson Street, Suite 200, Portland, Oregon hired Western Wats to conduct the poll, was involved in developing the content of the transcript for the poll, and set the dates for the poll to be conducted in New Hampshire.

The Hartford Courant confirmed on Monday that the case is open and that it is still investigating Moore Information.

Earlier this month, another McMahon consultant, Mike Slanker, received a subpoena from the Senate Ethics Committee in the controversy surrounding Senator John Ensign of Nevada.

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2 Responses to “Controversial polling firm raises eyebrows in Connecticut”
  1. Roger says:

    Still under investigation? Kelly Ayotte knows who paid for the pushpolls in NH and then hired them to run her senate campaign. Moore information’s biggest clients include Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Gordon Smith & NRSC. Brooks Kochvar employed Moore Information wile working for Gordon Smith at the same time they were being investigated by Kelly Ayotte.

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