The Citizen Times reports that Republican officials in North Carolina claim that the recent James Taylor concerts in support of Barack Obama amounts to vote-buying.
A recent concert given here by music icon James Taylor in support of Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign amounted to vote-buying, Republican officials are saying.
GOP officials plan to bring their case to the Buncombe County Board of Elections Friday.
UPDATE: The full article has been posted on-line.
“Offering free tickets anywhere in or around a voting site for someone’s appearance at the site or to reward your supporters violates the law. It was vote buying,” said Steve Duncan, chairman of the GOP organization that covers the 11th Congressional District.
It is against federal law to offer anything of value to encourage someone to vote or not to vote, said Board of Elections Director Trena Parker. Parker would not comment on whether she thought giving away free tickets near early voting sites violated that law.
“The tickets were given to anybody who asked for them,” said Obama campaign spokeswoman Susan Lagana.
The Board of Elections will decide whether the charges warrant a second hearing, which could include sworn testimony from both sides, said Jones Byrd, board chairman.
The blog Thunder Pig posted a video of the Buncombe County Board of Elections meeting. Fast forward to the 18-minute mark for the relevant part.