Earlier today, the GOP frontrunner and Rep. Paul Ryan handed out sandwiches at a local sub shop in Waukesha, Wisconsin, urging people to get out and vote. The campaign stop at Cousins Subs was labeled as an “Election Day Lunch,” but the problem is that some people are seeing the event as outright bribery.
According to the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Romney’s event is, “a clear violation of Wisconsin election law.” There is some precedent to this claim. Back in 2008, the Obama campaign wasn’t allowed to give free lunches to those working the election, and just last year poll workers were told not to take doughnuts offered up by candidates.
According to the Wisconsin state statute, any item worth more than $1 that’s handed out while encouraging something in return is illegal.
The Romney campaign shot back at the Democratic party saying, “President Obama and his allies keep wading in to the Republican primary, whether voting for Mitt Romney’s opponents or absurdly claiming we can’t provide refreshments for volunteers. If President Obama focused half his time worrying about the economy as he does obsessing over Mitt Romney, Americans would be a lot better off.”
From the video, it seems like they were handing out sammys to mostly voters. Just sayin.
It seems, on the face of it, to be an honest mistake, but leave it to Mitt Romney to being accused of bribing people with sandwiches.
Sorry, Mitt, but when your estimated net worth is somewhere around $250 million, you better offer me something better than a meatball sub, I don’t care if you do offer me extra peppers! You better throw in a bag of chips and soda while you’re at it, my vote isn’t cheap.