"We were defrauded by Research 2000, and while we don't know if some or all of the data was fabricated or manipulated beyond recognition, we know we can't trust it. Meanwhile, Research 2000 has refused to offer any explanation."
Moulitsas filed a lawsuit
against Research 2000 the following day.
A "joint status report" filed with the U.S. District Court in California this week and obtained by the Huffington Post indicates that Ali made an initial payment of $9,000 "on or about April 12," and has pledged to make additional payments by June 1 and June 15 "in an effort to improve compliance with the agreed-upon terms."
Ali said the lawsuit and media attention it engendered "has hurt business," but "hopefully not indefinitely." In an e-mail, he provided Hotline On Call
with a "Client Bill of Rights" that included a promise from Research 2000 to provide data files to their clients and the National Council on Public Polls
-- though the e-mail incorrectly abbreviated that organization's name as "NCCP" in each reference. Ali declined to disclose the names of any of his current clients.