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So is anyone going to try to collect Dan Patrick’s reward money?

Here’s a nice little research paper for you:

On November 10, 2020, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick put out a press release stating, in relevant part, “[S]tarting today [I] will pay up to $1 million to incentivize, encourage and reward people to come forward and report voter fraud. . . . Anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest and final conviction of voter fraud will be paid a minimum of $25,000.” This concise Article analyzes whether Patrick’s statement constitutes an offer that contractually obligates him to pay in the event someone accepts by completing the requested action. Additionally, the potential existence of a campaign finance violation is considered.

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Conclusion

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick’s press release likely constitutes an offer that would contractually obligate him to pay if someone accepts by completing the requested action. While a short tweet alone is likely not enough to constitute a contractual offer for a $25,000 reward, 28 Patrick’s press release probably is. Given the details provided, Patrick’s position as Lieutenant Governor, and the absence of any indication of it being a joke, a reasonable person would likely assume that completing the requested performance would entitle him to the stated payment.

Patrick should not only be concerned about a potential obligation to pay out the promised reward money but also the potentiality of a campaign finance violation. His press release announcing the award explicitly refers to supporting Trump in his efforts to identify voter fraud.29 And it is likely the case that Trump views such accusations of voter fraud favorably.30

You should download and read the whole thing, it’s short and sufficiently non-technical. My takeaway from this is that someone, perhaps on behalf of Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, should pursue this in court. There’s some merit to the claim that Patrick’s ridiculous offer meets the definition of a contract, and if nothing else it will make him spend time and money defending himself while keeping his dumb business in the news. I can think of worse things to do in 2021. Thanks to commenter Wolfgang for unearthing this little gem.

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11 Comments

  1. Flypusher says:

    The 3 GOP fraudsters in PA haven’t been convicted yet. But if any of them are, then Fetterman should press his case. $1-3 million would do a lot of good for PA food banks. Rubbing Lt Dan’s face in his stupidity and dishonesty would be bonus. We all know that he was really only interested in Democrat voter fraud, but he didn’t get that important detail in writing.

  2. Flypusher says:

    Here’s election fraud, we have Trumpy on tape, demanding that the GA Secretary of State manufacture 11,780 votes for him!

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-raffensperger-call-georgia-vote/2021/01/03/d45acb92-4dc4-11eb-bda4-615aaefd0555_story.html

    Who does Lt. Dan owe here?

  3. Jules says:

    Trump is also a seditious asshole. Impeach again!

  4. Jason Hochman says:

    Maybe someone could ask John Fetterman why it is taking the Pennsylvania Health Dept. so long to respond to my request for the labs doing Covid testing for PA, and the cut off number for the amount of cycles that they run. I am sure that they are, like most states, going up to 40 or even 42 cycles, in order to guarantee false positives. Even the WHO finally published a guidance that said the operator may need to manually adjust the values to avoid false positives.

  5. Jason Hochman says:

    Jules, Trump is not seditious. While he is not great, I finally realize that we need Trump in there for another four years. He got a vaccine by years end, as promised. Joe has a plan for us to wear masks for 100 days. That is some magical thinking. Did Joe read the Danish mask study? And, why 100 days? Why not 98? Or maybe we need 112? Ludicrous that a scientist like Joe would pick some random number like that. Meanwhile, Trump presided over the most secure, accurate election in history. Back in 2016, Joe and Obama brought us the most hacked, corrupt election infiltrated by Russia. Apparently Joe was asleep and Obama was planning another autobiographical tribute to himself. We need Trump. He can get things done. We might not like how he does it, but he can do it, and no danger of him going bankrupt since the government can just make up money.

  6. Flypusher says:

    That fails ever as satire. We will need continued mask wearing until enough people get vaccinated.

    The only credit Trump gets for the vaccine is not interfering with it. IOW the bare minimum. it doesn’t get him off the hook for all the lies he told, and the lack of a federal response in vaccine distribution is on him.

  7. Jason Hochman says:

    Flypusher; Not satire at all. First, have you seen the Danish mask study? There is no good evidence for the efficacy of these masks, and I am tired of looking at them. They are probably part of the reason for the murder epidemic, because they dehumanize the victim, which is viewed as a simple sack of germs, not a human. I can concede that masks could help, a tiny bit, but the wild and insane claims about them are just absurd. And 100 days? That is just a random, non scientific number of days. You can’t believe everything that the media tells you. It is essential to fact check everything yourself, by reading the journal papers, calling primary sources quoted in the news, and making your own assessments.

    Trump and had Operation Warp Speed, which gave the money to the drug companies to start manufacturing the vaccines, prior to the approval. That is why the vaccines were approved in December, and ready to administer in December. Otherwise, they would have started production now, and not started distribution for another five or six months from now.

  8. Flypusher says:

    Not satire, then your comments are even dumber. Trump has been a disaster, and a 2nd term would have been the end of our republic. I realize that too many Americans are just fine with an autocrat (as long is it’s their autocrat) but I am not. If you favor autocracy, you are my enemy.

    You have 100 days because people like benchmarks, and it’s a convenient number, but that number is not carved in stone. It is not unreasonable to have mask warring for 100 days, then reassess the situation. Claiming masks increase the murder rate is just nutso speculation on your part minus any data to back it up. Given the actual demonstrations on how they reduce aerosols, I’m going with wear the damn mask. If more people had recognized that rights come with responsibilities, and been less damn selfish, we might have actually been close to normal now. The longer you bitch and throw tantrums over things as simple as wearing masks, the longer normal is delayed.

    As for vaccine development, the notion that nobody would have worked on them without Trump throwing $ at them flies in the face of the facts. Pfizer didn’t take warp speed $. But never let facts get in the way of Trump worship.

  9. C.L. says:

    JH has really gone off the deep end. I pray for his mental health going forward.

  10. Jason Hochman says:

    C.L., the purpose of Project Fear is to create mental confusion. Please keep praying

    Wait, you describe Trump as an autocrat, but then you accuse of not taking the powers of an autocrat and making nationwide decrees.

    Flypusher, yes, it is speculative about the masks causing the increase in murder, but definitely possible. You saw the demonstration on aerosols, but it is not scientific, at least if it is the one I saw, which is an animation. Your statements about “selfish” and “getting back to normal if you just listen to the experts” is exactly the propaganda tested by the Yale University study. Read the actual randomized trials on masks and report back. Also, ask why the mask supporters, such as Pelosi, Fauci, Newsom, Cuomo, all flaunt their own mask laws and recommendations when they think nobody is looking. Also, take a look at California which has very strict laws and mask mandates, but has the highest number of “cases.”

    You misunderstand about the Warp Speed money. It was used to pay the companies to manufacture and distribute the vaccines ahead of approval, with the risk that the vaccines didn’t work or weren’t safe, and then the government would have to throw away the vaccines. No company would have taken that risk. By doing this, the government insured that the vaccines would be ready to administer as soon as they were approved.

    You should wonder why every “fact check” about the positive accomplishments of Trump is certain to point out that it was a “bipartisan effort” or achieved “with the collaboration of congress,” or had been in the works for years. However, the media is happy to solely blame Trump for any covid failures, in spite of the collaboration of congress, and the fact that there is a federal system, and a for profit health care system.

    You should also read Edward Bernays and review the Milgram experiments.

  11. C.L. says:

    Dr. Hochman, I’ll continue to pray for you even is/when you end up on a ventilator in the Med Ctr.