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Buckley’s fingerprints all over Hodes’ poll?

October 18, 2010 by ShawnMillerick  
Filed under News & Politics

Growing interest in Hodes' poll

New Hampshire Democratic state party chairman Ray Buckley won’t say what or even if he knew about Paul Hodes’ illegal polling, for which a Hodes vendor was fined $20,000 by the state’s Attorney General on Friday. inquired with Buckley directly to discoveron the record what role, if any, he and his committee may have played in the scripting and approval of the poll questionnaire. Buckley did not return our request for comment.

It does not appear that any state media has dug deeper into the Hodes’ poll, its origins or its funding. Nevertheless, the $20,000 fine levied against Hodes’ vendor is the largest of its kind and the investigation may not be over.

According to one source inside the Justice Department, the staff members or consultants who signed off on the questionnaire may also be found guilty.

“This isn’t the kind of thing a campaign can just pawn off on a hapless vendor,” the source told

In July the New Hampshire Republican State Committee filed a complaint with the AG’s office alleging someone had conducted an illegal push poll without disclosing who authorized and paid for the poll. The poll spread negative information about Hodes’ Republican opponent Kelly Ayotte.

Such polls are illegal in New Hampshire. Nevertheless, mysterious, unattributed phone calls are a staple of Granite State campaigns and Buckley is often whispered to be the mastermind behind many of them.

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