Republican state Rep. Tarah Toohil has been the target of various videos evidently intended to embarrass her, and allegedly to undermine her re-election chances in 2012, after she, an upstart Tea Party candidate, unseated Democrat Todd Eachus in 2010, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Sunday.
The 85-second video being investigated used the slogan of a group of hackers called Anonymous: "We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive, we do not forget. Expect us."
A woman speaking with an English accent says in a voice over the "legions" were disappointed by Toohil's response to earlier videos that allegedly showed her smoking a bong. The most recent video said she must support decriminalizing marijuana or it would expose her secret, the Inquirer reported.
"Everyone has secrets. Please do not give us a reason to expose yours," the voice over said.
"It was uber-creepy. And it crossed a line," said a top House Republican who requested not to be identified.
George Parry, a Philadelphia defense lawyer and former state and federal prosecutor, said the video may be considered criminal conduct that seeks to unlawfully influence a legislator.
"This appears to be an attempt to influence legislative action ... a threat to cause harm to this legislator's reputation," Parry said. "I think that has broader social implications than just a private citizen being subjected to blackmail."