September 28, 2010

"Despicable! That's the best description of how readers should feel about John Raese's attempt to buy their opinion."

That's how this editorial in the News and Sentinel (West Virginia) begins. The editorial explains that "Raese, the Republican candidate for the unexpired term of the late Sen. Robert Byrd, is offering to pay a West Virginian in each county who submits the most published letters to the editor in support of his candidacy, which can only be seen as ethically disgusting and insulting to those who truly have a political opinion they wish to share with newspaper readers."

Actual vote buying through absentee ballots remains a problem in West Virginia.

Posted by Rick Hasen at September 28, 2010 08:19 PM