Mama Mia Lewis County!

Posted October 31st, 2007 by Joe Kaiser

Dear Rob,

You may recall the post about the pizzas we’d sent the Lewis County Treasurer’s office as a way of saying “thanks” for all their help in the 2006 tax sale.

They decided sending the pizzas was “insulting” and me sending them bordered on “criminal bribery.”

I, in turn, found THAT insulting.

silly claims

Sending pizzas is insulting?

And doing so “borders on criminal bribery?”


Does that pizza letter seem reasonable to anyone except Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Douglas Ruth?

thanks anyway

We sent all kinds of food that tax sale season, to every county on the list assisting us, as I recall. We thought we were being appreciative.

They thought something else.

Contending pizzas or platters of food are evidence of criminal bribery demonstrates how crazy county treasurers and prosecutors had become by 2006.

Invading their turf by targeting junk properties, driving those properties to tax sales and claiming the overages was more than they could handle, as Douglas Ruth confirms by his silly letter.

And that’s how pizzas, delivered solely as a way of saying “thanks,” are decided to be the actions of a criminal bribester.

In the arena,

Joe Kaiser

5 Responses to: “Mama Mia Lewis County!”

  1. Loya responds:
    Posted: October 31st, 2007 at 7:54 am

    This is the type of hysteria that “some” people in gov’t can create when they use their police power in their “witch hunts.” All kinds of people join the “hunt” (people in mundane jobs that want to earn brownie points). The snowball effect takes over. Neighbor turns in neighbor, kids report on parents AND yes, even PIZZA’s become suspect. Kid you not, reminds me of Nazi Germany all over again. Or the “Nifong” effect. Sickening does not even cover it. I kow who I won’t be voting for…….

  2. AllAboutVoting responds:
    Posted: October 31st, 2007 at 9:59 am

    Personally, I agree that giving a gift (even of pizza) to the county is a form of bribery. Is it enough to be bribery in a legal sense? I have no idea. But it is something that I would not do with out solidly knowing the answer to that question.

  3. Adrian W. responds:
    Posted: October 31st, 2007 at 1:00 pm

    I don’t know. Its seems to me its kinda like giving a “tip” for a job well done. Its not like he was trying to bribe some type of civic votes his way.
    I’m sure they’ve received thankyou letters before. That would be similar, but ya can’t eat the letters. I’d rather go for the food.

  4. Jack Stravage responds:
    Posted: November 1st, 2007 at 10:32 am

    Once sent a basket of fruit to the head of security (I owned a security company at the time) for Christmas and got back a phone call asking me if I was trying to get him fired, he never again had anything to do with my company, I lost one of my biggest accounts. A lesson learned.
    J. Stravage

  5. spyboy responds:
    Posted: November 3rd, 2007 at 11:23 am


    Maybe they would have preferred donuts !


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