Serving chili for votes? SD Democrats deny charge - KOTA Territory News

Serving chili for votes? SD Democrats deny charge

Posted:

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) _ The South Dakota GOP says that a series of get-out-the-vote rallies that serve food to attendees are illegal attempts to buy votes, but the Democrats hosting the events insist their chili is legit.

 

The allegations come from GOP chairman Tony Post after a Wednesday chili rally in Rapid City held by Matt Varilek, who's challenging Republican Kristi Noem for the state's lone U.S. House of Representatives seat, and U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson. It resurrects high-profile investigations launched in 2010, during which candidates from both sides were accused of trying to swap food or food coupons for votes.

 

State and federal prosecutors ultimately ruled that the events were legal.

 

Varilek campaign manager David Benson says the chili events are to rally supporters and allow people to sign up as volunteers.

Powered by WorldNow

518 St. Joseph St.
Rapid City, SD 57701

Telephone: 605.342.2000
Fax: 605.342.7305

Couldn't find what you were looking for?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - WorldNow and KOTA. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.