Norton's office told ABC News that the call was made from campaign headquarters, not from a federal building and that "[Andrew Breitbart] is circulating a voicemail of a standard request made by candidates to potential donors who do not know the candidates or their work. Norton, therefore, identified herself as a subcommittee chair and the kind of work she has done in subcommittee. Norton is a longtime supporter of public financing of campaigns, but barring that, candidates from all parties regularly raise funds in calls by first identifying who they are and what they have done… Her request fully complied with legal and ethical requirements."
Mike Flynn, editor of BigGovernment.com, told ABC News that the tape was presented unaltered, except for one deletion made before the site received it. "We didn't edit the audio. The source redacted [the lobbyist's] name from the very beginning of the clip. I don't know the exact date, but it was sometime at the end of August. I doubt the source will be more specific as it would help Holmes Norton isolate who leaked the message."
He added that he does not know the identity of the lobbyist who received the call.
"Congresswoman Norton's 'surprise' at not having received money already from this individual with interests in her area of jurisdiction, despite never having even solicited him or her, just confirms that this is the way the political fund raising game is played every day of the week in Washington," says Krumholz. "The only difference here is her lack of discretion and the recorded evidence of it."