The Miami Herald has released the full letter sent to WWE and the company’s attorney Jerry McDevitt yesterday detailing a punishment that would have included “imprisonment for up to five years and a fine not to exceed $250,000” had the company given out WWE merchandise and t-shirts outside of polling stations today in Connecticut.

You can read the full letter below.

U.S. Department of Justice
Criminal Division
Public Integrity Section
Washington D.C. 20530
November 1, 2010


Jerry S. McDevitt, Esq
K&L Gates Center
210 Sixth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-2613

Dear Mr. McDevitt:

Re: World Wrestling Entertainment

The Department of Justice has recently received information that your client, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), might be providing or planning to provide free merchandise to voters at polling places. However, the available information also indicates that if this practice is actually planned or occurring, it is open and notorious. Accordingly, this letter is to advise you that WWE might be operating in ignorance of applicable federal criminal law, and to notify you of that law.

Specifically, Section 1973i(c) of Title 42 of the United States Code makes it a federal offense to pay or offer to pay an individual a thing of value for voting. Violation of Section 1973i(c) is punishable by imprisonment for up to five years and a fine not to exceed $250,000. Please note the Department’s understanding that this statute prohibits a person from providing a thing of value — such as clothing — in return for an individual’s participation in the voting process.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Richard C. Pilger
Election Crimes Branch

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