…tosses it into the eyes of Vince McMahon!
Just when you thought Mr. McMahon was going to be taunting state Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz today by passing out WWE swag at the polls, the US Department of (DOJ) has stepped in and DQ’d Mr. McMahon, at least on that point. The DOJ says that the giveaway may be in violation of federal election law.
“[T]his letter is to advise you that WWE might be operating in ignorance of applicable federal criminal law and to notify you of that law,” states the Nov. 1 letter, signed by Richard C. Pilger, director of the DOJ’s election crimes branch and excerpted in the Hartford Courant’s Capitol Watch. Christine Stuart of CTNewsjunkie.com also provided a link to the letter yesterday.
Citing section 1973i(c) of Title 42 of the United States Code, the Justice Department says it’s a federal offense “to pay or offer to pay an individual a thing of value for voting.”
Vince McMahon announced last week that the company was planning to hand out WWE-themed merchandise at select polling places around the state. “This is clearly heavy-handed bullying from big government and would appear to be desperate political activity in closely contested elections in Connecticut,” said Vince McMahon, chairman and CEO of the company. “This is consistent with some Attorney Generals’ tactics that threaten litigation for political gain.”