Chip Flanegan, Republican candidate hoping to unseat incumbent Republican Congressman Lynn Westmoreland in Georgia’s 3rd District, has a contest on his website. He’s not giving away a gun, but rather $10,000 cash for folks who take his “simple ten question survey”. The only problem is, the Secretary of State’s office has said that Mr. Flanegan could be committing a felony. From WBRC-TV:
“Each question is worth $1,000 and two of them are really throw away questions. It doesn’t matter how you answer them so we will give away at least $2,000 to whoever the lucky winner is. The whole reason we are doing this is to get people to know the candidates and that is at the top part of my card,” Flanegan said.
But a spokesperson with the Georgia Secretary of State said Flanegan’s contest is illegal because of the following language from a state law OCGA 21-2-570.
“Any person who gives or receives, offers to give or receive, or participates in the giving or receiving of money or gifts for the purpose of registering as a voter, voting, or voting for a particular candidate in any primary or election shall be guilty of a felony.”
Flanegan insists that he is not breaking the law and has said that the Federal Election Commission does not prohibit contests.