Josh Rales, a Democratic candidate for Maryland's U.S. Senate seat, paid a drug-treatment center in Baltimore to drive its recovering addicts to last week's debate in College Park, where they held signs supporting his campaign.At first glance this may appear as politics as usual. Until very recently, hiring of demonstrators was a practice unheard of since the 1920's when the practice was common among all parties. The logical next step is paying for votes. Another former common practice abandoned long ago.
About 20 patients from the I Can't, We Can (ICWC) drug-treatment and counseling center in northwest Baltimore attended the debate, said Adrian Harpool, president of the 21st Century Group, a Baltimore public-relations firm hired by the Rales campaign to recruit volunteers. Read the rest here.
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