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.



The Big Dog's back

Why do Repubs hate voters?


They don't hate voters,they hate stupid voters.have you seen the video of the interview with the lady in Cleve.? She says I's vote for Obama cause he gives me a phone.They also don't like people of the party that don't want any Christian,Gun Totin ,Rednecks that like God in their camp either !


Seriously? Is there something wrong with you beside the fact you can NOT make a point?



Especially Democrat voters ?

Phil Packer

What...kind of pizza...

indolent indiff...

not CiCi's pizza

2cents's picture

"The difference in priorities couldn't be clearer."

Next week it will be (The New Black Panthers)handing out looks for the dems, Acorns to pizza, LOL

Taxed Enough Already

too bad he didn't take care of the Benghazi mess.

thinkagain's picture

If anyone still supports the liar-in-chief after his actions over these last two weeks, they are thoughtless, brainwashed and incapable of rational thought.

Obama should simply withdraw himself from the race after this fiasco… But he will not.

Obama felt that the American people would believe what he wanted them to believe, after all he is the narcissist-in-chief basking in the glory and praise of his devoted followers (see Big Dog).


Remember when Romney was passing out turkey subs at one of his rallies? How soon folks forget! And Romney sure has been passing out a lot of "whoppers" on tv.

Darwin's choice

He may have passed out subs, but he wasn't driving voters to the polls while doing it! Desperate actions by worried people.........

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swiss cheese kat

Yep. Rabid Obama supporters KNOW he is going to lose, so the only option is to lie, cheat, and try to STEAL the election.


Steal the election??? Romney's family owns the voting machines - NOT obama's.


Passing out subs at a rally is completely different than advertising free food, then, once people are there, driving them to vote early. Your wopper comment was funny though.


Buying Delphi stock. Then telling us all to let GM go bankrupt. Making millions from the auto bailout. Lastly, refusing to release 2009 tax returns that would show how much money the Romney's made on the tax payer from TARP.

And we are worried about a few pizzas.


GM did go bankrupt under Obama and that is what Romney said they should do. Romney advised they should reorganize and come up with a plan that would make them profitable, sell any unneeded real estate and consolidate what they could to become more efficient. He did also say they should be funded via private capital with government loan guarantees to allow that to happen.

Obama pumped billions of dollars into GM before allowing them to enter into bankruptcy, there are no clear solutions for them to be profitable, they are losing money on every Chevy Volt sold, that does not seem congruent with profitability. The preferred bond holders were thrown under the bus and the union and government took over.

Will be interesting in the future when the union negotiates for raises and benefits at they will also be negotiating against themselves as part owner


Buy votes with pizzas? Please!

You buy votes with entitlement.


Who is "you"?


Yep....that is what Romney is trying to do with corporate welfare promises...except he has sold his soul to get those votes.

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swiss cheese kat

Wow, you really drink the koolaid don't you?


Don't that beat all????



Rmoney told another big one in Defiance yesterday. He said Chrysler was closing the Jeep plant in Toledo and moving it to china !! I can't believe anyone would actually believe anything the idiot says !!!!

OOPPPSS...Romney didnt make it up.


If your comprehension is high enough you will see that not one job will leave Toledo. They will just GO BACK to building Jeeps there for the Chinese market. But that isn't what Rmoney said.


Check your other post im not skipping back and forth.


Reading and understanding is the key Randy !!! ;o)


Nothing better than proof...thumbs up


AHH, another who can't read and comprehend !!

Must be a repub !!! LMAO


OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!! Alot on here have that comprehension problem!


do you know what the original source of that mention was, He did not make it up he reported what he read. Although he should have fact checked it prior to reporting it


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's choice
Darwin's choice

@ 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.

2cents's picture

(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...

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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...

Darwin's choice

@ coasterfan

You're absolutely right.


I love how the GOP tries to make mountains out of mole hills


wondering if big dog and coasterfan are driving the vans full of somalians to vote courtesy of the dnc.

Julie R.

I sure will be glad when this election is over even though I still haven't decided who I'm going to vote for.


We're the ones they are after, Jules. I have never voted before the first Tuesday of November and I'm not about to start now.

I'm not waiting to see promises as much as I'm waiting to see who pisses me off the most.


Pres. Obama bought a round of beers in NH.

He most likely used taxpayer money and called it "stimulus" spending.


@ 4shizzle:

So if someone offers you money that was stolen from you in the first place you don't take it?

The problem with Mr. Obama and the Progressives is that they steal money and then want you to thank 'em when they give some of it back.


@ contango

ha ha ha ha ha


Same way i get my cats that are not real smart to come in the house. You put a treat in front of the them and they march like little mindless soldiers.


Woohoo! The Oct. 31 independent Quinnipiac poll has Obama up 50% to 45% in Ohio. The Prez is also up in Wisconsin and Virginia.

In a related story, Romney's latest campaign ad, in which he pushes a blatant lie about Jeep moving jobs to China, was given a "Pants on Fire" rating (100% false) by the independent fact-checker Politifact. The vultures are beginning to circle...


Just saw a new Romney ad in which he proclaims himself to be “better for autoworkers than Obama”. The ad repeats the completely false claim that Jeep will move American jobs to China.

Romney is hoping that we will forget his 2008 full-page editorial in which he said “we should let American auto manufacturers fail”, with millions of American jobs instantly vanishing as a result. He is hoping that we’ll forget that the state of Massachusetts ranked 47th in job creation while he was governor. He’s hoping that America won’t notice that his own home state (Michigan) and adopted state (Massachusetts) – the people who know him best – are voting for Obama in 2012. He’s hoping that we’ll believe his economic plan (the same one that caused the recession) is the answer.

Our country was stupid enough to vote George W. Bush into office TWICE. Let’s hope we don’t give Bush a 3rd term by voting Romney.