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December 01, 2009

College Democrats Implicated in Election-related Bribery

Teach 'em while they're young, I always say. And so do Democratic fraudsters, who had the College Dems help win an election by offering to paying them a $5 bounty for each voter the brought to the polls. The election in the Fourth Ward was the only contested election in Athens. The Democrat took the seat by only 30 votes.

Here's a letter from Ohio University College Democrats Vice President Kellie Galan reminding her fellow "darling Dems" (blech) in broken English that "if you bring a friend from 4th ward they are more then a friend, they're 5 bucks!"

Fortunately for Kellie, Ohio prosecutors are only setting their sights on Athens County Democratic Party Chair Susan Gwinn.

The Ohio University College Democrats, however, who were allegedly also involved in the plan, will not face any charges, according to the special prosecutor handling the case.

“We’ve got young people, students, not judicious… who are following the lead of a licensed professional, an adult,” said special prosecutor Dave Yost. “To the extent that there’s culpability, we don’t think it rests with the students.” He added that the College Dems have cooperated in his investigation.

On top of the charges already pending against Gwinn of theft in office, money laundering, unauthorized use of property, and falsification, an Athens County grand jury has now added two counts of elections-related bribery.

The charges relate to Gwinn’s alleged involvement in a plan to pay members of the OU College Democrats $5 for every voter they brought to the polls in the city of Athens’ Fourth Ward on Election Day, Nov. 3. That ward was the only one in the city that had a contested City Council race.

Even Democrats are making pro forma calls for Gwinn to resign. So far, she has refused.

College Republican National Committee Communications Director (can't fit that on a business card) James Richardson has been all over this.

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