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!?
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."
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!