Angus King, paranoid, wants to eat hot dogs in Lewiston with YOU!
Angus King must be an extremely paranoid dude. Why else would the winner of a “Eat a Hot Dog Lunch in Lewiston with Angus and Mary” contest be subject to a background check before sharing tube steak with the Senate candidate and his wife?
First of all, is the hot dog lottery an attempt to make the anti-gambling, multi-millionaire appear to be a man of the people? If so, a bit of advice for Maine’s former governor. Most average folks don’t require lunch guests to be investigated before chowing down on a wiener from Simones’. Here’s the nitty-gritty.
“As a condition of being awarded any prize, each winner and his or her guest will be required to execute and deliver to Angus 2012 a signed affidavit of eligibility and acceptance of these Official Rules and release of liability, and any other legal, regulatory, or tax-related documents required by Angus 2012 in its sole discretion. Angus 2012 may, at its option, conduct a background check on each potential winner and his or her guest. Angus 2012 reserves the right to disqualify any person from receiving any prize based on such background check if Angus 2012 determines, in its sole discretion that awarding any prize to such potential winner could result in a safety or security risk to any person or persons or could result in the disruption of any event associated with the Promotion.”
You can read the rest of the many rules and regs for Angus King’s hot dog lunch contest here. I also find it amusing winners are responsible for all taxes on the prize which allegedly has a $25 value. And that winners’ names and images may be used by the campaign for promotional purposes.
Thing is, these aren’t just a set of boilerplate contest rules that some Kingtern (the campaign’s cute name for their phalanx of college student volunteers) cut and pasted into a document. Because the campaign is hoping entrants will donate five bucks, participants are subject to federal reporting standards and guidelines. Hence, the very specific legalese in the 1600 words of contest rules. Just yesterday, I was wondering why Angus King needed $33,950 in free legal advice. Considering his counsel comes from the super-pricey Pierce-Atwood firm, I betcha a couple grand in billable hours was spent drafting this important legal document.
I understand, however, why the campaign wants to ensure only friendlies sit down for the dog-a-thon. After all, Angus King’s many enemies – from wind warriors to anti-one-percenters -- would love a chance to grill the dude.