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May 1, 2013

Campaign worker sentenced for vote fraud

Marshall worked for Galligan and Dems in 2011 election

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NORTH VERNON —

According to campaign finance reports filed during 2011, Galligan’s campaign paid Marshall’s business, North Vernon-based At Your Service Co., more than $52,710.23 through the year — almost a third of the campaign’s total expenditures.

The Clarksville Democrat Town Committee also paid Marshall $15,000 for “advertising” in 2011, according to its campaign finance report

Galligan and other local Democrats said previously that they had no knowledge Marshall faced the Jennings County charges when he was hired.

When asked if Marshall was prohibited from working on political campaigns in the future, Wilder said, “the prosecutor asked for that, but the judge did not answer that question.”

Wilder was referring to the judge not precluding Marshall from working on future campaigns by issuing a ruling on the question.

Clark County Democratic Party Chairman Bob Bottorff, who was not the chairman at the time Marshall was working on local campaigns, was listed in the court proceedings as having submitted a letter on Marshall’s behalf.

“Mike, I think, had a lapse in judgment here,” he said. “I don’t think it’s something that will happen again.”

When asked if Marshall would be welcomed as a volunteer on future Democratic campaigns in Clark County, Bottorff did not answer directly.

“The Democratic Party is committed to always make sure every person in Indiana that can vote, has the right to vote,” he said. “It’s my view that the Democratic Party is the party that is not only trying to help working men and women in America, but is helping them to have a voice in the people that represent them.”

He explained that he believes the aforementioned belief is similar to one that Marshall carries. Bottorff added that if Marshall did desire to work for the Democratic party locally, he would “make absolutely clear that what he was doing was legal.”

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