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GAB: Offering Payment for Recall Petition Signatures May be Legal


MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - Organizers of recall efforts against two Democratic senators are accused of offering payment for signatures on petitions, but there may not be anything wrong it.

State Senator Dave Hansen says an ad on Craigslist offered 50 cents to people who would sign a petition to recall him from office. And, a resident of Senator Robert Wirch’s district reported a bartender was trading free shots for recall signatures.

Reid Magney with the state Government Accountability Board says those offers don’t appear to actually break any laws.

Magney says GAB officials reviewed state laws and found no prohibition on offering anything in exchange for a signature on a recall petition. He says it would only be illegal if payments were being made to vote in an election.