The Dallas Morning News reports:
Nearly a year after offering up a hefty bounty for evidence of voter fraud in the wake of Donald Trump’s loss, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has handed out his first reward. But instead of going to an informant who smoked out fraud by Democrats, Patrick’s five-figure payout went to a progressive poll worker in Pennsylvania whose tip led to a single conviction of illegal voting by a registered Republican.
In an interview with The Dallas Morning News, tipster Eric Frank said he would have turned in anyone he saw voting illegally regardless of party. But as the scion of a family of Democratic operatives, he also acknowledged the irony of the situation. “It’s my belief that they were trying to get cases of Democrats doing voter fraud. And that just wasn’t the case,” Frank said. “This kind of blew up in their face.”
Yahoo News reports:
One week after the presidential election in 2020 where President Joe Biden toppled former President Donald Trump, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick set a bounty of up to $1 million to anyone who could find instances of voter fraud in the US.
Several instances of voter fraud popped up in Pennsylvania after Patrick set the bounty – mostly people attempting to cast a vote in place of a dead relative – leading the state’s lieutenant governor, John Fetterman, to relentlessly troll Patrick online while asking for the bounty reward.
“All I want for Christmas is my handsome reward from Dan Patrick,” Fetterman tweeted in December 2020. Patrick’s campaign spokesman told The Dallas Morning News that only the “original tipsters” would receive the prize.
Texas Republican Dan Patrick has paid his first voter fraud bounty:
The $25,000 payout went to a progressive poll worker in Pennsylvania whose tip led to a single conviction of illegal voting by a registered Republican. https://t.co/INtFrmHe4F
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 22, 2021
Dan Patrick voter fraud bounty backfires spectacularly – to a single conviction of illegal voting by a registered Republican https://t.co/Dw7QE1ztQd
— Chris Sampson (@TAPSTRIMEDIA) October 21, 2021