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View Diary: Romney Broke Black Letter Law. Election Bribery. Read for yourself. (303 comments)

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  •  As the law is written the bar is extremely low (6+ / 0-)

    Offering anything whatsoever, having a value of $1 or more, combined with an exhortation to go to the polls (that specific language is in the text of the statute) would constitute a violation. He'd be just as guilty if he offered people sandwiches in exchange for a vote for Santorum.

    •  Ok. Then what? Because I'm of the opinion (1+ / 0-)
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      That just because a thing CAN be done, doesn't mean it ought to be.

      I've used this principle repeatedly in my life to help keep me focused and from going off on tangents unrelated to my main goals.

      So I ask this: what does this do for us politically and realistically what do you think happens to Romney if this is pressed or pursued?

      •  It's one thing for a candidate from out of state (0+ / 0-)

        to assume that what he's doing is in keeping with state law when it isn't. It's quite another when a local congressperson allows a campaign law to be violated flagrantly.

        Were the shoe on the other foot, were we looking at Democrats doing what Romney and Ryan have done, do you think there'd be gracious acceptance of such behavior from the Republican side?

        People in various places (such as Arizona and Georgia), some of them elected officials, continue to raise ridiculous charges questioning Obama's citizenship. What we've got here is a rather open-and-shut case of a state law being violated by a presidential campaign and a sitting Congressman. Why SHOULDN'T we make an issue of it?

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