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BELLEVUE – Chairman Heimlich released the following statement regarding videos showing illegal electioneering conducted by Lummi Native Votes, an organization associated with the Lummi Native American tribe in Whatcom County. 

“After reviewing these videos, it is clear that Lummi Native Votes participated in an illegal scheme to bribe tribal members to vote under the guise of a Get-Out-The-Vote campaign. Sadly, it appears that they are just one of many groups across the nation who have decided to flout the law in order to help Democratic candidates win. Voters should turn in their ballot because they want to participate in the electoral process, not because they they’ve been offered cash-value prizes, free food, and other swag.

These clearly illegal tactics severely disrupt the confidence Washingtonians have in our election system.”

During one video posted to Facebook, the Lummi Votes representative claims that the first 250 people to bring their ballot in to their event will get lunch, t-shirts, bandanas, etc.

During another video, the representative says to the winner “you won $25 worth of gas. How cool, just for voting.”

Shamelessly touting the partisan leanings behind the effort, the representative says in another video “if you have no clue on how to vote, always vote blue.”

On Wednesday December 2, the WSRP sent a formal letter to United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington, Brian Moran, asking for an official investigation, you can read the full letter here.

On Thursday, December 3, the WSRP sent a follow-up letter with links to the videos, you can view that letter here and the links below:

This comes after a Washington Examiner article details a “Pro-Biden effort offered Native Americans $25-$500 Visa gift cards and jewelry to vote”