Shaun Hansen type guys are the rule, not the exception, when it comes to the GOP's willingness to use unethical dirty tricks to subvert the democratic process. Shaun Hansen, former co-owner of an Idaho-based telemarketing firm, has been indicted by a federal court in New Hampshire for allegedly directing telemarketers employed by Mylo Enterprises to make hundreds hang-up calls which jammed five phone lines at the New Hampshire Democratic Party on Election Day 2002.
The two-count indictment unsealed on March 27 charges Hansen with conspiracy to commit telephone harassment and aiding and abetting telephone harassment. He allegedly received $2,500 from others involved in the scheme.
Hansen is the fourth individual charged in this Department of Justice investigation of the jammed phone lines. If Hansen is convicted on all the charges, he faces up to seven years in prison.
The former director of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee Charles McGee and communications consultant Allen Raymond, each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit telephone harassment. McGee was sentenced to seven months in prison and Raymond was sentenced to three months.
James Tobin, former New England regional chairman of the Republican National Committee was convicted for aiding and abetting interstate telephone harassment, following a jury trial in December. Tobin has been scheduled for sentencing on May 17.