This story just won’t seem to go away. Parker Ward, libertarian candidate for Shreveport Mayor, now claims that Bryan Wooley broke the law. Well, first he said he smelled corruption. Then he said Wooley broke the law.
Bryan signed off on it so he broke the law. — Parker Ward for Mayor
It is illegal to offer money or something of value in exchange for votes.
It is illegal to use “vote hauling” which is where a candidate pays staffers to transport voters, and those staffers offer money to the voters.
So far, I don’t think anyone has shown that Bryan Wooley purchased votes nor participated in vote hauling. It is not illegal to provide transportation to polling places. It is also not illegal to offer food – as long as there is no requirement of a particular vote.
Parker Ward thinks it is. He put his race card back in his pocket, and now he is wasting his time and effort barking up the wrong tree.
UPDATE 9-25-2010: Looks like Gerry May didn’t find it illegal either. He didn’t like the tacky flyer – but even I can agree with that.