Quico says: PSUV offered its activists payments ranging from BsF. 2,000 to BsF. 4,000 ($900-1800 at the official exchange rate) to work on the campaign. The deal is half-cash, half Cestatickets. Plus Chávez has been promising prize trips to Cuba for the best campaign workers.
Desperation to mobilize folks? Maybe…but still, it’s a measure of how brutally outspent we’re getting. I mean, if the opposition had the possibility to offer those kinds of incentives to its rank-and-file, you can bet they’d jump on ’em.
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