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GOP Bonus Program Thrown Over the Ropes

Linda McMahon’s UConn volunteers no longer get cash for GOP registrations:

After being criticized for offering to pay University of Connecticut students additional money for every Republican registered at a voter drive this week, U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon has decided not to offer the bonuses.

“We have dropped the bonus component of our voter registration drive,” McMahon’s spokesman, Shawn McCoy, said Monday. “The bonuses are in full compliance with the law, but Linda weighed the concerns that were raised and asked that we drop that component of the plan prior to the launch.”

Students who help with the drive will still receive $10 per hour, but will not be paid a $5 per Republican bonus, McCoy said, noting that this is not the first voter drive McMahon has worked on. It is, however, the first time the Republican candidate was going to offer bonuses, he said.

. . . . weighing in on McMahon’s bonus offer were Peter Schiff and Rob Simmons. McMahon, Schiff and Simmons are vying for the Republican nomination for the Senate seat being vacated by Democratic Sen. Christopher Dodd.

“Voter registration is admirable, but the bounty on Republicans seemed a little ACORNish,” said JR Romano, Schiff’s campaign manager, referencing the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, a nonprofit community organization currently at the center of a voter fraud probe.

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