Libertarian Candidate for City Council Threatened by NH Attorney General

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Things get interesting in Keene, New Hampshire, where libertarian candidate for City Council Julia Miranda offers to give her tax-funded paycheck back to taxpayers if she is elected. The NH AG says that this is a violation of the law and constitutes a direct or indirect bribe. Ms. Miranda has been sent a threatening cease and desist letter because she wants to minimize taxation.

Free Keene reports:

Ward 4 City Council candidate Julia Miranda has been threatened with one to seven years in state prison by the New Hampshire Attorney General. In a “Cease and Desist Order” sent to Miranda today, the Attorney General alleges that Ms. Miranda’s offer to give away her $500 city council paychecks to randomly chosen Ward 4 voters amounts to “a direct or indirect bribe”.

The purpose of these giveaways was not to bribe voters but to prove that Ms. Miranda is serious about lowering taxes. Instead of shoving tax dollars in her pocket, she intended to return them directly to taxpayers. We at the Miranda campaign find it interesting the Attorney General chooses to threaten Ms. Miranda when candidates of all stripes frequently promise voters all forms of monetary “benefits” in order to get their votes.

For example, if a politician promises upon election to increase the pay of all bureaucrats in the city, does that not amount to a bribe? Apparently, it’s okay for big government candidates to promise to give taxpayer dollars away to voters via government programs but it’s not okay for small government candidate Julia Miranda to give away her paychecks.

Ms. Miranda’s video appearance.
Cease and desist order from the Attorney General’s office (PDF).

7:40 pm on November 2, 2007