Libertarian Party lawyer accuses state GOP of bribery

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 5, 2012 5:11 PM

(Harrisburg) — The Libertarian Party is accusing a private investigator or other agents of the state Republican Party of offering money to people to testify against the validity of its nominating papers.


A lawyer for the Libertarian Party made the allegations of illegal activity in a letter and email sent this week to Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams.

The lawyer, Alicia Dearn, says people who gathered voter signatures for the nominating papers, or notarized them, told her they were approached and offered money or other benefits to testify.

Williams' office declined comment. A Republican Party spokeswoman says the claims are baseless.

The state Commonwealth Court is in its seventh week of reviewing whether the Libertarians collected enough voters' signatures to keep its candidates on the Pennsylvania ballot for the Nov. 6 election.

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