I have to tell you that some local politicians we have had in our area over the years do some pretty comical things to try to buy votes.
Some of them were so off the wall they should be the basis for some comedy program on TV! One time I remember a local politician running for the head of the state was trying to buy votes by having his son, who was a certified heating and air conditioning specialist give away free heating and cooling system tune ups and repairs to anyone who supported this guy.
How pathetic can you get! That was so hilarious and it backfired in his face heavily. It was so obvious and outright in your face that he was pretty much saying that if you vote for him he will pay you in free heating and air conditioning services to do so. He ended up getting kicked out of the race before the voting ever took place because of that. And his son the certified heating and air conditioning specialist ended up getting fired from his job at the heating and cooling company he was working for and was never allowed to work in the heating and air conditioning business again in the state in which we all live in. I thought that was even more funny and served him right for being such a puppet and a slimebag for his scam artist father! I could tell you several other stories that happened over the years just like this, but the heating and air conditioning related one was the absolute most classic with the best ending in my opinion.