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Inside Report on the Jobs Now Electioneering

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Media Trackers commits a flagrant act of journalism... with this first hand report on the Jobs Now (Ribs for Votes) shuttle busses to City Hall.


At Milwaukee City Hall, the source confirmed that two men wearing Wisconsin Jobs Now! shirts greeted the group in the office of the Milwaukee Election Commission. The men explained the ballot to the group and passed out clipboards with registration forms.

According to the Wisconsin Statutes, because Wisconsin Jobs Now! and its parent organization Citizen Action of Wisconsin have a political agenda, the men clearly representing the organization should have been restricted to 100 ft of the polling location. The Wisconsin Jobs Now! personnel were all inside of 100 ft and were in violation of the law.

While the event was going on Steve Pickett, an elections specialist with the Government Accountability Board, told the MacIver News Service that if people were given a free meal before they voted “that’s a problem.” The Media Trackers’ source said that they and others at the event were given their food tickets before being taken to vote, and that based on their observations it was “extremely likely” that others were eating the provided meal prior to voting.

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