Madonna used to be a sex icon. She’s trying to live in the past still…while trying to promote Hillary. On Monday night, while introducing Amy Schumer, the has-been pledged to give oral sex to people who voted for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. And she gave some details about it that could make you want to barf. Attention grabbing, sure, but could there be a legal side to this as well?
“One more thing before I introduce this genius of comedy. If you vote for Hillary Clinton, I will give you a blowjob, OK? And I’m good. I’m good. I’m not a douche and I’m not a tool. I take my time. I have a lot of eye contact, yeah. And I do swallow.”
“It is generally illegal to exchange anything of value for [a] vote,” Judith Ingram of the Federal Election Commission told TheWrap.
Indeed, election law does prohibit vote-buying. Specifically, Title 52 of the U.S. Code bars the exchange of payment for a vote, or even voter registration, in a number of elections, including presidential and vice presidential races. The law goes even further than that, barring the mere offer of a payment.
Those found guilty of violating the law “shall be fined not more than $10,000 or imprisoned not more than five years, or both,” according to Title 52.
The Department of Justice’s “Federal Prosecution of Election Offenses” addresses the topic of “commercialization of the vote,” aka vote-buying. And while the 2007 edition provided to TheWrap cites Title 42 USCS § 1973i(c) of the U.S. Code, which was later transferred to Title 42, the book notes that the bribe may be anything having monetary value, including cash, liquor, lottery chances, and welfare benefits such as food.”