Ron Paul campaign getting more bang for YOUR bucks

December 7, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Posted in crooks & liars, elections, political campaigns | 4 Comments
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When I received my change at the store the other day I noticed one of the dollar bills had something stamped in red.  Being pretty sure it’s illegal to deface currency I looked it up and according to Wiki Answers it is, but as suspected rarely enforced.  Just because it’s not enforced does that make it OK to commit a crime?  Considering what was stamped on the dollar I found this item in my search particularly interesting.

Of course there is no proof that Ron Paul is behind these dollar bill ads, but I suspect he might be.  Wouldn’t this criminal activity give him an unfair advantage?  Hell, why should any of us pay for advertising for our services, let’s just follow Paul’s example and use U.S. currency to circulate our messages.

This dollar isn’t going back into circulation..the buck stops here and that jackass Ron Paul owes me a dollar.

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  1. I think it’s only illegal if it’s no longer worth the face value(the exception being pennys, which you can flatten out in those souvenir machines all you want). It’s still worth $1.00. You can cover up the In God We Trust on the back with a marker if you want. I believe it’s protected political speech.

    I’d hate to think what would happen if every campaign or cause wanted to start stamping things on money.

    If the money was unfit to be used (to torn) a bank could exchange it for a fresh new one and send that one to the federal reserve where it would be destroyed.

  2. Wiki answers doesn’t quite get it, as is the case with a good bit of the stuph that makes its way around the internet. Check out instead:

    http://www.moneyfactory.gov/historicallegislation.html

    This is from the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing:

    “Defacement of currency is a violation of Title 18, Section 333 of the United States Code. Under this provision, currency defacement is generally defined as follows: Whoever mutilates, cuts, disfigures, perforates, unites or cements together, or does any other thing to any bank bill, draft, note, or other evidence of debt issued by any national banking association, Federal Reserve Bank, or Federal Reserve System, with intent to render such item(s) unfit to be reissued, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.

    Defacement of currency in such a way that it is made unfit for circulation comes under the jurisdiction of the United States Secret Service. The United States Secret Service web address is http://www.secretservice.gov. ”

    Just rubber stamping in the Ron Paul way isn’t sufficient to make the bill unfit to be reissued or unfit for circulation.

    • Thanks for clearing that up. However

      Defacement of currency in such a way that it is made unfit for circulation

      is somewhat subjective. As far as I’m concerned my dollar bill is now unfit for circulation. That being said, I think a presidential hopeful resorting to stamping dollar bills is a pretty chintzy campaign tactic.

      • You’re right, it is open to interpretation. I say report him to the Secret Service and let them decide.


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