Monday, July 12, 2010

Tony Knotts Offers Supporters a Vacation

Prince George's County Executive candidate Tony Knotts is offering supporters a vacation in Shenandoah in return for contributions. Is this legal? And if the resort is effectively subsidizing these vacations, will that be reported as an in-kind contribution? What makes this even more bizarre is that Knotts missed the filing deadline. We reprint the solicitation below.

An Exclusive Invitation for Friends and Supporters of Tony Knotts

Enjoy a getaway at the beautiful Massanutten Resort

· Be our guest for 3 days and 2 nights at Massanutten in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley!

· Enjoy luxurious accommodations in rooms for 4 adults, or 2 adults and up to 3 children.

· Discover the Four Seasons Resort with more than 125 activities to enjoy.

· Enjoy complimentary access to two indoor sports complexes that feature indoor and outdoor Olympic sized pools, racquetball and fitness centers.

· For a limited time, receive your choice between a $100 Visa card good for anywhere Visa is accepted, or up to 5 Water Park Passes to Massanutten’s premier indoor/outdoor Water Park.

This fabulous vacation package is an exclusive gift to anyone who donates $250 or more to the Tony Knotts campaign for County Executive.

This is a limited time offer for friends and supporters of the Tony Knotts campaign for County Executive. Reservations are taken Monday through Thursday 9am to 9pm, and Friday 9am to 5pm, and Sunday 5pm to 9pm. All reservations require a guaranteed arrival deposit of $100 on a Visa or MasterCard, which is fully refundable upon completion of the Guided Tour. Guests must be U.S. citizens, at least 21 years of age. An annual household of $45,000 is required and both adults must complete the Guided Tour. Guests must RSVP with the VIP reservations code LT22 and the Invitation Code 471427.