Skip to comments.Recording of Romney’s 47 Percent Comments May Have Been Illegal
Posted on 09/18/2012 6:08:22 PM PDT by Olog-hai
The clandestine recording of Republican presidential candidate saying that 47 percent of Americans believe they are victims may have broken Floridas laws against eavesdropping.
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It would seem that recording was illegal and if so the person who made the recording should be prosecuted.
....was it really Jimmy Carter’s grandson?
Hello, Pam Bondi.
Florida is a two-party consent state...so to legally record at this function, either Romney/staff or event hosts had to consent before any audio recording.
No consent = Law was broken.
You can video record without consent in Florida, but not audio
I am fairly certain that pursuing this idea would only make matters worse.
And just who is going to do that?
Holder and the U.S. In-Justice Department?
The Cowardly GOP House?
I would not hold my breath.
What Mitt needs to do is reach out to those 47% dependent on government because there are certainly a fair % that don't want to be on welfare - he can reach those people.
I’ll be darned-——so the law was broken.
I hope it’s pursued but I won’t hold my breath.
There are no laws that apply to Democrats.
“Holder and the U.S. In-Justice Department?
The Cowardly GOP House?”
Being that we are talking about a state law, Holder and the House GOP would have no power in the matter.
However. A Florida prosecutor would have such power.
Anything that's beneficial to libs - legal.
Anything that's detrimental to libs - illegal.
Pretty simple, really.
THAT was what I was wondering about. Thanks for the information. Obviously, someone has broken the law again. If it was Obama up there talking, you can bet the state controlled “media” would be throwing a tantrum right now.
Illegal is Chicago’s law.
Looks like FL state law not Feds.
I've made 1600 phone calls from home to NH in the last six days using the system set up by the campaign. Even 100 call will make a difference. Who will join me?
“was it really Jimmy Carters grandson?”
That’s what I heard — Jimmy Carter III or IV. (Can you drool and operate a video camera at the same time?)
I heard ABC radio news pose this question to a law professor who said there should be no problem for the leaker so there!
Romney needs to instead go on the offense and flesh out the message he was delivering when he said this.
He had no expectation of privacy. I recorded him last time in Tallahassee at a restaurant. So were many others.
Did anything ever come from that old couple that taped that Newt Gingrich conference call all those years ago?
Nobody has to pursue anything on a legal basis.
Just discredit the purveyor of the information.
Democrats have done this successfully for decades. They don’t deal with the information, they just attack and destroy the messenger.
So next time the subject of the video is brought up, just ignore the content and switch the subject to the illegality of the video.
I don’t know what happened to the Martins, but Jim McDermott, whom they gave the tape to and who then released it to the NY Times was sued on principle for $1.00 and lost.
Itt is one thing to quote someone and another to record them illegally. He broke the law, no consent was given..period. He should be prosecuted. He wanted to become a big league reporter, well he now has to learn the laws and the rules.
I’m happy this was released, but we should still chase a prosecution. Throwing Jimmah’s grandson in jail would be sweet.
Hey, maybe Jimmy the 4th can obtain Obama’s hidden video from the LA Times!
The video purportedly shows Obama making inappropriate comments at a Jihadi fundraiser; the LAT admits it has it, but won’t share it with us.
I was wondering about that.
“I am fairly certain that pursuing this idea would only make matters worse.”
True; anyway, laws are only for Republicans.
If I recall, they were slapped on the wrist with a $500 fine.
Carter found the video on youtube. Romney was speaking at a public fundraiser= no crime.
Deja vu all over again. Where were Gingrich and Boehner recorded?
Oh, yeah. It was:
At the same time the Martins were on the road so was Congressman John Boehner, a top member of the House Republican leadership. He was driving through the Lake City area, the last leg of a trip from his home in Ohio, to Marco Island off of Florida’s West Coast. But then Boehner pulled off the road and picked up his car phone to join a conference call.
Don’t expect any kind of investigation let alone a prosecution, the justice dept. is utterly corrupt & in need of a house cleaning that would make one of Joseph Stalin’s legendary mass grave filling purges look like a Sunday school kindergarten class singing Jesus Loves Me.
That’s the most disturbing thing about this episode - there’s a Jimmy Carter IV and he’s politically active.
Paging Linda Tripp.
No controlling legal authority...so says Al Gore.
16.2% of that number are social security recipients, not liberals.
I wonder if Romney would even want that to happen. However, the recording was done in the home of a billionaire, from what I understand. So, I’m thinking he would have the right to press the issue legally; and, this guy has the money to push this thing until there is an arrest and prosecution.
Those who published it, and the Mother Jones Reporter, would initially refuse to give up their “source” and it would not be settled before the election; but someone would eventually be thrown under the bus for this.
I've heard this also.
It would be more effective if the Romney camp confirmed this and then start a media blitz of asking jimmah if he approved of what his grandson did, especially since it's illegal to tape in Fl without both subjects knowledge and consent.
That would embarrass the bejeebers out of carter - and make him a laughing stock - which would turn the whole thing around. For one thing, the media lapdogs would shut down the whole subject of the Romney tape real quick
Honestly, who cares if it was. It’s analogous to the “bitter-clingers” thing.
What Romney brought up was something we all know, specifically or instinctively.
The question now: Can he follow up?
It doesn’t matter now since Romney called for the taping to be released in its entirety, and it has. :(
So what? Do they care? Remember the recording of Newt Gingrich and the GOP House members that was leaked to the NYT? Eventually they won a lawsuit, but that was YEARS later. These guys want to do damage between now and November, and really don’t give a fig what happens afterards.
Anybody remember a Todd Akin? I believe the gentleman is still in the running for the seat of the Democrat lady. It was supposed that the Pubbies were almost crushed at one time, because of Akin.
True, especially because the "bitter clingers" comment was made/recorded in California, which is also a two-party consent state.
It will be tricky. In Maryland they have a condition that the situation indicates that you have a reasonable expectation of privacy to make that charge. A private fundraiser by invitation might meet that, or not. How did he get in?