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Selling his vote on Ebay

Minn. teen charged with offering his vote on eBay...
"There are two things going on here in terms of why it's a crime," he said. "One is the notion that elections should be a contest of ideas and not of pocketbooks ? at least not in the sense of straight-out 'I can buy your vote.' The second notion is that everybody gets one vote, and you don't get to buy another one."
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jw-6LIru1-XwlPp9i5oNVHU-DMjgD91MRAMO0

Perhaps this kid is on to something. How is it illegal to sell 1 vote directly, but it IS legal to spend millions of dollars on TV commercials to persuade someone to vote a certain way? Isn't that buying a vote indirectly through the TV media? The campaign is paying money to deliver a message to influence a vote. This guy was saying he is undecided and is willing to be influenced by the person who is willing to invest the most to persuade his vote to their view. Maybe the political commercials are illegal too?

Personally, I feel there are better ways to use campaign dollars, than expensive TV spots. Anyone with a DVR will be skipping them anyway! I'm looking forward to some new creative formats this election season!

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punishment way outweighs crime imho...

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I think i read 10,000 and 5 years prison if convicted. WTDF?!

I mean I guess you want to deterr elections from being bought, but c'mon rly!?

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Good point.

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Buying a vote of a member of congress (or most other elected bodies) is illegal. Buying their seat for them so they owe you isn't.

The difference while subtle is important. The philosopy behind both is about the same.

What the kid should have sold wasn't his vote. He should have sold his voting experience. The winning bidder can supply the Hummer he drives there in, the house he leaves from to vote, the cell phone, he communicates that he has voted on and so on. That's all leagal. Then if by chance he should feel obligated to that candiate (or that candidates support working to buy them their seat) well, that's how it works just now.

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Selling his vote on Ebay

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Yea I think that it is and wow five years in jail for selling his vote on Ebay for the presidential primary election that is too weird for Ebay to let happen.

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