GOP alleging Obama camp traded pizza for OH votes

Republicans in battleground Ohio accused Democrats of possibly trying to buy votes with pizza.
Associated Press
Oct 26, 2012

The Ohio Republican Party filed a complaint Wednesday with the Franklin County Board of Elections alleging the Buckeyes for Obama student organization at Ohio State University violated a law that prohibits offering something of value for a person's vote.

Ohio State is one of America's largest campuses, with more than 56,000 students. Buckeyes for Obama began a series of early vote rallies Oct. 22 that run through Nov. 1. On posters, the events are advertised: "Free Food. Come Together. Make History."

Ohio Republican Chairman Bob Bennett attached an affidavit to his complaint letter quoting an anonymous student staffer of the Obama campaign saying the campaign has an "unlimited" tab with the pizza chain Donatos for the six rallies, being held at the Ohio Union.

Participants also got free bumper stickers and free transportation to the nearby early voting center, the complaint said.

Bennett's letter to directors of the bipartisan election board said "it is reasonable to infer that the individuals handing out food, including the Obama for America staffers, were attempting to — and in fact, may have succeed at — influencing electors to register to vote and/or cast a ballot. Such conduct is clearly prohibited under Ohio law."

The Franklin County board plans to take up the issue immediately.

In a media briefing Friday, the Obama campaign said its yearslong grassroots organizing effort in Ohio is paying off with strong showings in early voting in key areas across the state, including college campuses.

The state Democratic Party said the GOP's challenge was ironic coming from Republicans who tried to block early voting opportunities ahead of the Nov. 6 election.

"Democrats went to court to fight off the Republican attack on the final three days of early voting. Meanwhile, Republicans threatened us with a lawsuit because they're upset about a pizza party," said party spokesman Jerid Kurtz. "The difference in priorities couldn't be clearer."

County election boards in Ohio are comprised of two Republicans and two Democrats. Ties are broken by the secretary of state, who is currently a Republican.




I can top this one. Have you heard that Romney's son owns the company that makes the voting machines to be used in many states during the election?

Ad of course, in today's news was the case of the young Republican in Florida who got caught discarding Democrat voter registration forms...


@ darwin



please advise the name of the company and the source of your info. thank you


The company is named Hart Intercivic and it was reported by Forbes.


the article in Forbs indicated the Romney family had holdings in that company however it does not list all the others that have holdings in that company. It also says that it is one of the companies whose machines failed however do not list the other companies involved or the persons that have holdings in those other companies.

Interesting that you note the young Republican but do not note the son of a Democratic person running for congress that was taped while planning how to vote for persons that do not vote


coster fan I think you must have forgotten to mention this one also

The field director for Virginia Democratic Rep. Jim Moran - his son Patrick Moran - has resigned after being secretly recorded seemingly advising a conservative journalist masquerading as a supporter that utility bills could be used to aid in voter fraud.

"Patrick is well liked and was a well-respected member of the campaign team. This incident, however, was clearly an error in judgment," said a statement from Moran for Congress. "The campaign has accepted Patrick's resignation, effective immediately."

Also the Romney family has holdings in one of the companies whose machines have failed and we do not know the others that have holdings in this company nor do we know the other companies or every person that has holdings in them


Can they PROVE that all the kids that are going to the Obama rally and getting free pizza are actually voting for him? Unless someone is watching them cast their vote, they can't. These are college kids being offered a FREE meal...they'll say anything


Any way of making your vote attached to one as a person, with a name in public, is illegal in the USA. If you choose to state who you voted for, that's up to you. I personally don't do such. I also don't post my financial situation. It's stupid. These polls you see don't count for anything except enticement. The only poll that really counts is the Electoral College. Popular vote does not override it. It needs to be abolished.


(Can they PROVE that all the kids that are going to the Obama rally and getting free pizza)

Sure, Cici's driven out of business :0 LMAO



Pot and tee shirts for votes in CA & pizza in OH. Maybe it should have been pot and pizza in CA & tee shirts in OH. Would have made more sense.



I truly believe that if you think a pizza is going to change the free world...then you MUST be voting for R/ just wait and see what this RIDICULOUS 18th century belief brings you!!


As usual the more rmoney lies the more the right believes him !!!

Darwin's choice

Remember these?
“I promise 100% transparency in my administration.”.

“I promise NO NEW TAXES on a family making less than $250K a year.”.

“I will allow 5 days of public comment before I sign any bills.”.

“I will remove earmarks from PORK projects before I sign any bill.”.

“I will end Income Tax for seniors making less than $50K a year.”.

"I will bring ALL of our troops home within ONE year."

“I’ll put the Health Care negotiations on CSPAN so everyone can see who is at the table!”.

“I’ll have no lobbyists in my administration."

"I'll close Guantanamo."

"I'll resign if I don't cut the deficit in half by the end of four years."

"I'll unite the people of this great country."


They bought votes the last time around with cartons of smokes.


Come on folks, its PAC money that's going to decide this election not pizza.

Swamp Fox

The regime sees the the writing on the wall. The huge crowds that want to attend the Romney rallies compared to democrappers busing in union members and students to observe the Obbie meltdown. The days of the regime are numbered and they are in the bunker mentality...

swiss cheese kat

All the smart guys are Reps and all the lib-arts majors are Dems.


@ swiss cheese kat

The word of the day is: Hubris


Desperate people do desperate things. Childish politics from day 1.

looking around

The Young Republicans can do it also, they can get their pizza from their friends at Papa Johns and have their daddy's chauffeur driven limos shuttle them to the polls. Daddy can use the write off.

Swamp Fox

Best way to break up an Obama rally, offer them jobs...

Darwin's choice



My Uncle Lester was a staunch Liberal. He voted straight Democrat in every election and promised to never change until the day he died. After that...he said he would vote Republican.


Your Uncle Lester was a smart man.


What does the GOP buy votes with?

Filet Mignon and Oysters Rockefeller (BTW: I don't know what that is, but I have heard of it :)


They buy votes with guaranteed tax deductions to the rich friends and supporters.


What sanduskysteve said.....


I don't condone buying a few votes with pizza, or throwing out Democrat voter reg forms as the young Republican did in Florida. However, I think we can all agree that both of these examples pale in comparison to the things the GOP is doing to sway the election in Pennyslvania by disenfranchising thousands upon thousands of voters. GOP motto: if you can't find a way to win fair and square, find another way...