Schiff, the bastard love child of an unholy alliance between the FreedomWorks-sponsored Tea Parties and disgruntled Connecticut conservatives (who, by the way, detest Linda M.), has spoken previously on the topic of pay-for-play issues.
From Christine Stuart at CT News Junkie:
After calling his Republican rival’s voter registration drive at the University of Connecticut “ACORN-ish,” Peter Schiff has just five days to collect 8,268 signatures to get on the Republican primary ballot and he’s paying to get it done.Now, you can call me crazy, but if you're paying someone to collect signatures, doesn't that totally negate the meaning of the word "volunteer"? Hey, I guess that makes me a volunteer to the company I work for! I volunteer 40 hours of work a week to them. Sure, they give me cash every payday, but I'm still a volunteer, dammit. Very silly.
While the Schiff campaign refused to confirm it was paying volunteers $2.25 per signature, it has admitted it’s hired an Arizona firm to help with its efforts.
(Actually, the punchline to this little rant is that I just got laid off from my job, so now I'm technically an "unemployed volunteer". Do I have time to re-register as a Republican so I can start cashing in on those sweet $2.25 checks?)
There's also the little requirement that everyone collecting the signatures must not only be a GOPer, but also has to reside within the state. So if you see anyone collecting signatures that's obviously from Arizona (and you can easily tell who they are by the way they roughly challenge any Latinos they see and demand legal identification) please notify the Secretary of State's office.
The deadline is fast approaching, and if Schiff somehow turns in the required number of signatures, I wouldn't be surprised if a goodly portion of them don't stand up to close scrutiny.