Investigation into Romney Sub Sandwich Bribe Allegations Nearly Done

District attorney says interviews should wrap up this week over whether GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan broke the law by handing out subs on Election Day in Waukesha.

The Waukesha County District Attorney’s office is continuing to look into the allegations that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was passing out sub sandwiches in exchange for votes on April 3.

District Attorney Brad Schimel told Patch in an email Monday morning investigators still “have a few more interviews that we hope to accomplish this week" before determining whether to file any charges in the matter.

Romney was joined by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, on Election Day at in Waukesha, where they were passing out the free sandwiches. The Democratic Party of Wisconsin is as a result.

Democrats filed a complaint with the Government Accountability Board, the state agency that oversees elections in Wisconsin, and with the district attorney's office. Since the party is alleging that a crime was committed, the GAB is not looking into the case.

shows Romney and Ryan handing out the sub sandwiches. Additionally, a video edited by the state Democratic Party shows Romney leading a rally and telling supporters to go vote, and “If you want another sandwich, there are more back there.”

State law prohibits offering something valued at more than $1 in exchange for a vote.

Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said it’s a clear-cut case of election bribery.

“We have pretty clear video evidence of Mitt Romney and Congressman Ryan handing out free sandwiches, and at the same time encouraging people to go cast a ballot,” Tate said on Election Day. “It’s very clearly against Wisconsin election law.”

However, Romney told WISN12 news the allegations are ridiculous and it’s a laughable stunt by the Democrats to distract from President Barack Obama’s policies that have resulted in “record job losses and skyrocketing gas prices.”

Shorewood Patch editor Adam McCoy contributed to this report.

Publius Anon April 18, 2012 at 09:04 AM
I believe you're wrong about the lack of mens rea. It's my understanding that both Romney and Ryan have previously, at different times, accused their opponents of using socialist programs to "buy votes". Furthermore, Romney was previously accused of vote buying activities by Santorum in the Boston primary. Therefore one has to conclude that they're both aware that it's illegal to hand a voter a free sandwich and simultaneously ask them whether they've voted yet and/or whether they're going to vote and/or to bring their neigherbors to vote and get a free sandwich. There's nothing in the law about quid pro quo so whether the recipient of the sandwich has voted yet or commits to vote is irrelevant. It's also irrelvant as to whether the voter accepts the sandwich before or after voting and/or rejects the offered sandwich (several people turned down the offered sandwich and simply shook hands and/or said they'd already voted). Merely offering the sandwich and simultaneously asking people to vote now/today is the illegal act.
Susan Green April 18, 2012 at 09:40 AM
Phillip Gooch April 19, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Based on the info he broke the law there and as anyone who brakes that law he should be charged & so should paul Ryan cause he was handing them out basically on Romney's behalf he has to be charged or the law is useless.
Danl April 19, 2012 at 10:15 AM
After all the laws of God and man that this man has broken, Romney going down on this would be like Al Capone going to jail over tax evasion.
Max Carter July 09, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Like republicans investigating republicans in Waukesha County is going to end up anywhere but in the "ignore file" They committed a crime that was witnessed by many. Anything but proper criminal charges is a sham.


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