Yikes. From Josh Marshall:
Uh-oh. DC Madam “considering” selling 13 years of her service’s itemized phone records to the highest bidder to raise money for her legal defense fund.
Late Update: Now the Madam’s lawyer tells us this: “The records identify the telephone number of the customer. Since 2000, the customers and the independent contractor escorts of the service almost exclusively used their personal cellphones, their identifying information is readily and publicly available. Jeane will cooperate with whoever acquires the information to supplement it with other information at her disposal.”
We might have to start up an ActBlue list.
POSTSCRIPT: In all seriousness I think there is nothing wrong with the general idea of sex between consenting adults, paid or not. Even when it comes to politicians it only really matters in the terms of the more usual scandal in which political favors are exchanged for valued goods. Sex, money, Louis XIV armoires, whatever. So if this list ended up on my desk I’d probably put it in my pocket and forget about it.
With that out of the way, there remains something about the fear this will strike in huge swathes of DC that amuses the hell out of me.