Democratic members of the Indiana Election Commission raised concerns Thursday that Republicans were playing political games by scheduling a controversial hearing in a room that broadcasts live over the Internet.
The meeting -- involving a campaign finance complaint against a House Democrat who participated in a five-week walkout -- was moved from the Indiana Government Center complex to the House Ways and Means Committee, which is equipped with cameras.
Democratic member Anthony Long said in his 13 years on the commission, he has never seen a hearing moved from the complex's dozens of meeting rooms to the Statehouse, and strongly suggested it was done to attract attention on the Internet.
"I have no problem with publicity. But this hearing seems to have taken on a unique tone," he said.
GOP Chairman Dan Dumezich seemed surprised the meeting was being broadcast live and said there was no intent to get the meeting on the web.
"I think it was just a matter of this room being available," he said.