WAUKESHA — The Waukesha County District Attorney is investigating a complaint filed by the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. It alleges Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney violated election bribery law when he was involved in handing out free sub sandwiches at a Cousins Subs store in Waukesha Tuesday, during Wisconsin’s presidential primary election.
While handing out the sandwiches Tuesday afternoon, Romney said: “Get your friends to go vote. Get some friends to vote with you. That’s how you can legally vote multiple times. Bring your friends, and go vote, and if you want another sandwich, there are more back there.”
Meanwhile, Government Accountability Board spokesperson Reid Magney said in a statement released Wednesday: “We strongly discourage candidates and businesses from giving out free food, beverages or anything else of value (more than $1) to get people to vote, or to thank them for voting. Doing so puts them in jeopardy of violating the law. We believe people should vote because they care about the issues and the process, not because they might get free food or free beer. We give the same advice to Democrats as to Republicans.”
The Wisconsin Democratic Party filed a complaint Wednesday, April 4th with the GAB regarding Tuesday’s incident. “A sandwich in exchange for voting. This is a black and white issue. You are not allowed to offer someone more than $1 in exchange for their vote,” Wisconsin Democratic Party spokesman Mike Tate said Tuesday.
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