Firm linked to Hodes pays NH fine for push polling
WMUR Political Scoop
By James Pindell
October 15, 2010, 2:25 PM
An out of state firm which may have conducted polling for Democrat U.S. Senate candidate Paul Hodes’s campaign has agreed to pay $20,000 to New Hampshire in a settlement agreement over allegations they were involved in push polling.
The Attorney General’s office announced the settlement this afternoon that Mountain West Research Center of Pocatello, Idaho had agreed to pay a fine and cooperated with the investigation after those polled complained that the pollster didn’t disclose who was paying for the poll even though they were saying negative things about Republican Senate candidate Kelly Ayotte. After questions were raised the poll stopped.
When a reporter asked Mountain West who they were polling for they said Anzalone Liszt Research. Anzalone Liszt Research, at the time, listed Hodes as a client. The Hodes campaign didn’t deny that it was their poll and said they wouldn’t discuss it.