Engage RI dangled a free iPad to boost student turnout at its Statehouse rally
Engage Rhode Island, the private nonprofit created to help push for the state’s new pension law, dangled the offer of a free iPad to boost college students’ turnout at the group’s October 26 rally in the Statehouse rotunda.
Jesse Towsen, a Brown student who is president of the College Democrats of Rhode Island, says an Engage RI representative came to a meeting of the Brown Democrats prior to the rally.
“In part of her pitch,” Towsen says, “she said the organization would give a free iPad to the volunteer who brought the best poster if the Brown Democrats brought something like 20 volunteers to the Statehouse for that rally.” He identified the Engage RI rep as Jackie Baginski.
Towsen said some members of the Brown Democrats went to the rally, although he thinks it was fewer than 20. (He says neither the Brown Democrats or the College Democrats took an official stance on the pension overhaul.)
Baginski didn’t return a call left earlier today at the Engage RI office; I’ll post her response if she gets back to me.
Although it remains unclear if an iPad was awarded, a Facebook notice posted by Brown Democrats to promote the rally says:
[R]emember, make sure to bring your pension reform posters, because the best one will win a FREE IPAD!!!
UPDATE I: Ted Nesi was on this iPad trail back in October.
UPDATE II: Brown Democrats’ head Shawn Patterson says Baginski has told him an iPad will be awarded in connection with the October 26 rally, but this hasn’t yet happened.