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Jackley Investigating Food For Votes Claims

October 20, 2010, 7:23 AM

SIOUX FALLS, SD - South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says his office is investigating whether three rallies held by Democrats broke the law by offering people food in exchange for votes.

Jackley and U.S. Attorney Brenden Johnson last week had cautioned the state's major political parties that such a practice isn't allowed by either state or federal law.

Their letter came after Republicans asked prosecutors to look into three Democratic rallies on reservations that offered meals.

Democrats maintain they've done nothing wrong.

Jackley says his office is accepting information about the matter and will be making further determinations. Johnson says federal policy forbids him from saying whether his office also is investigating. But he says he's met with Jackley about the issue.

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