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This Must Be All That Campaign Hate I Am Hearing About (The Saga Goes On)

I had no idea that the KGB were back in business:

A state agency has revealed that its checks of computer systems for potential information on “Joe the Plumber” were more extensive than it first acknowledged.

Helen Jones-Kelley, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, disclosed today that computer inquiries on Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher were not restricted to a child-support system.

The agency also checked Wurzelbacher in its computer systems to determine whether he was receiving welfare assistance or owed unemployment compensation taxes, she wrote.

Jones-Kelley made the revelations in a letter to Ohio Senate President Bill M. Harris, R-Ashland, who demanded answers on why state officials checked out Wurzelbacher.

Harris called the multiple records checks “questionable” and said he awaits more answers. “It’s kind of like Big Brother is looking in your pocket,” he said.

As the story indicates, Jones-Kelly donated $2,500 to the Obama campaign. The story “uncovered four uses of state computer systems to access personal information on Wurzelbacher.” As Auric Goldfinger put it, “once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time is enemy action.”

What precisely do we call it when something nefarious happens for the fourth time?