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What Are You Hiding, Democrat?

Time Magazine reports:

The State Department has traditionally put together a list of industry
representatives for these [Inter-American Telecommunication Commission] meetings, and anyone in the U.S. telecom
industry who had the requisite expertise and wanted to go was generally
given a slot, say past participants. Only after the start of Bush’s
second term did a political litmus test emerge, industry sources say.

The White House admits as much: “We wanted people who would represent
the Administration positively, and–call us nutty–it seemed like those
who wanted to kick this Administration out of town last November would
have some difficulty doing that,” says White House spokesman Trent
Duffy. Those barred from the trip include employees of Qualcomm and
Nokia, two of the largest telecom firms operating in the U.S., as well
as Ibiquity, a digital-radio-technology company in Columbia, Md. One
nixed participant, who has been to many of these telecom meetings and
who wants to remain anonymous, gave just $250 to the Democratic Party. (Emphasis added.)

It’s a little late for that, traitor-boy. Next time, protect your privacy before doing something crazy like contributing money to a political party. (Via Farber’s IP.)

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