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How Much Will “Special Interest Marilyn” Pay to Buy Your Vote? One Dollar. - 10/29/2006

For Immediate Release: October 29, 2006
Contact: James Thompson
(970) 222-6397

How Much Will “Special Interest Marilyn” Pay to Buy Your Vote? One Dollar. 

Marilyn Musgrave is paying a dollar per vote to turn out drop-off Republicans. 

FORT COLLINS—Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave can’t do her job, so she’s doing everything she can to keep her job, including paying $1 per vote to get Republicans who would not otherwise vote to vote absentee.

In a desperate call for help, Musgrave’s campaign sent out a letter to “dedicated grassroots activists” offering one dollar per voter to people who could convince drop-off Republicans to vote for her.

According to the letter, the absentee ballot forms are already filled out with names and addresses, and all the “volunteers” need is a signature and ID number. The forms then are to be brought or sent back to Musgrave headquarters, where they will be sent (or possibly not sent) to the county clerks. 

“If they can get back 1000, then they get $1000,” the letter reads.

State Rep. Angie Paccione, Musgrave’s opponent, criticized Musgrave’s effort to buy the vote.

“She’s already spent millions in an effort to lie to the voters, and now she’s outright buying the vote for a dollar apiece,” Paccione said. “This is despicable, and clearly violates the spirit of democracy, if not the letter of the law.”

Paccione also questioned how “dedicated” the “grassroots activists” really are if they have to be paid.

“Marilyn had to bring a busload of people up from Colorado Springs to fill her allotted seats at the debate, and now she’s paying people to knock on doors?” Paccione said. “We’ve had nearly a thousand volunteers knocking on doors throughout the district for weeks now, and they’re doing it for free. Marilyn doesn’t have ‘grassroots’ support, she’s being propped up with special-interest money.”

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