Does Voter Fraud Pay? Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s $1 Million Voter Fraud Offer
Michael Conklin, Does Voter Fraud Pay? Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s $1 Million Voter Fraud Offer, ___ MITCHELL HAMLINE SUA SPONTE ___ (forthcoming 2021).
11 Pages Posted: 30 Dec 2020 Last revised: 29 Nov 2021
Date Written: December 1, 2020
On November 10, 2020, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick put out a press release stating, in relevant part, “[S]tarting today [I] will pay up to $1 million to incentivize, encourage and reward people to come forward and report voter fraud. . . . Anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest and final conviction of voter fraud will be paid a minimum of $25,000.” This concise Article analyzes whether Patrick’s statement constitutes an offer that contractually obligates him to pay in the event someone accepts by completing the requested action. Additionally, the potential existence of a campaign finance violation is considered.
Keywords: Election Law, Contract Law, Rewards, Offer, Acceptance, Campaign Finance, Dan Patrick, Election Fraud, Substantial Performance
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