August 4, 2011

Cue the righteous indignation

A Milwaukee County prosecutor is examining allegations that abortion opponents offered rewards for volunteers who signed up sympathetic voters in Wisconsin's high-stakes Senate recall elections. — according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
There was enough posing when similar allegations surfaced that a left-liberal group enticed prospective voters with Speed Queen ribs.

We shall see. A $75 voucher is worth more than a couple of pork ribs.

eta: Nota bene.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Cue the righteous indignation" in 3...2...1...

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illusory tenant said...

It should come as no surprise that "Wiggy" is sadly mistaken. Wis. Stat. § 12.11(1m), in pertinent part:

Any person who offers or promises to give anything of value to any elector or to any other person, in order to induce any elector to:

1. Go to or refrain from going to the polls.
2. Vote or refrain from voting.
3. Vote or refrain from voting for or against a particular person.

Emphasis added.

John Foust said...

I need to get there early enough someday to try some "outside shoulder."

illusory tenant said...

And yes, WRTL is a "person," thanks to conservative Republican-approved caselaw.

Bill Kurtz said...

This is disgusting behavior by WRTL, but not surprising. They've endorsed an adulterer (Randy Hopper), a spouse swapper (Kim Simac) and an investor in porn (Rob Cowles) as part of their commitment to family values. They make me embarrassed to be pro-life.

krshorewood said...

And I'm not even crazy for Speed Queen ribs.

illusory tenant said...

I wonder how they valuate a pork rib for the purposes of the statute. WRTL did them the favor by pre-valuing the vouchers.

grumbleweed said...

It is worth pointing out that "something of value" for legal purposes is deemed to be worth more than $1.00.

In these days of 99c burgers and with high mark-ups in the catering trade, I am not convinced free ribs would necessarily be worth more than this statutory figure.

A $25 (or $75) gift card clearly does.

illusory tenant said...

For this particular statute anyway. Elsewhere (e.g., political contributions) lunch has been held not to be a thing of value. The MacGyver Institute accused Chris Larson (if memory serves) of breaking the law when he mentioned somebody had treated him to lunch during the Dem 14's Illinois sojourn. The accusation was nonsense, but the MacGyver made it anyway. Yet some people ascribe credibility to MacGyver nevertheless. Go figure.

illusory tenant said...

(Of course the McGyvers tend not to actually read the law [see, e.g., 9:26 AM, August 4, above].)

Mike said...

Now I feel like a sucker for voting Dem for free when I could be getting decent money to vote Republican.

illusory tenant said...

Holding out for the $75 Speed Queen voucher.

gnarlytrombone said...

%-)

illusory tenant said...

*world's smallest violin*

xoff said...

Surprised no one has mentioned Kringlegate, which almost cost Doyle the 2002 election even though the kringle was not supplied by or authorized by the campaign. Check the clips.

illusory tenant said...

Mmm kringle.