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Civitas’ pollster fined $10,000

The people over at Facing South, a publication kept up by the Institute of Southern Studies in Durham, just posted this account of how a company hired to conduct a December 2009 poll for the conservative Civitas Institute recently paid out a big fine for violating state law.

A Georgia company, Rosetta Stone Communications, paid $10,000 to settle claims that it sent out automated calls asking questions about the Wake County school system, according to the Institute of Southern Studies. The call, one of which was received by Facing South editor Sue Sturgis, didn’t include identification of who was calling nor did it mention it was working on behalf of the Civitas Institute, a conservative thinktank largely supported by Republican donor Art Pope.

From Facing South:

A polling firm hired by the Civitas Institute, a conservative North Carolina think tank backed by Republican donor Art Pope, has been fined $10,000 by the state of North Carolina after a complaint made by a Facing South editor over “robo-polls” that failed to comply with state law.

Facing South has a much fuller account of what happened, that can be read here.

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