(Ezekiel Loseke, Headline USA) Democrats strategically bribed voters to promote the election to their friends and family on behalf of Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga, in the recent runoff election in Georgia.
The method of bribing voters has been called “relational organizing,” according to Axios. In “relational organizing” people are paid to contact their friends, family and associates to encourage them to vote in the runoff.
Relentless, a Democrat firm, reported that it paid each voter $200 to make 40 to 50 contacts. Relentless reported paying over 1,400 voters. It estimated that its campaign reached over 58,000 voters in the runoff.
The voter-bribe technique was developed during Warnock’s 2021 election campaign, in which voter turnout was boosted by just under 4%.
Another super-PAC, The Progressive Turnout Project, also admitted to bribing Georgia voters in the runoff, according to a statement made by the organization.
The Progressive Turnout Project reported bribing voters throughout the country for the 2022 election. It reports having spent over $2 million deploying more than 2,000 ‘mobilizers’ in Arizona, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Georgia. The donors and large expenditures of The Progressive Turnout Project have been registered at Opensecrets.com.
The Warnock campaign itself reported using this tactic. It “hired” positions it called “community mobilizers,” and described the job as someone who would complete a single training and “encourage people you know (friends, family, neighbors, etc) to vote early and to make a plan to vote on Election Day.” The campaign reported it would pay these positions $500.
The only qualifications to be one of Warnock’s breathing advertisements, “community mobilizers,” were to be 18 and registered to vote in Georgia’s runoff.
Zoë Stein, the co-founder of Relentless, said the 2022-election was just the beginning.
“What’s happening right now will be setting the stage for the presidential [election]” she said to Axios.