Ex-candidate's report lists payments to 83 workers

February 02, 1999|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,SUN STAFF

Unsuccessful state Senate candidate Robert Fulton Dashiell has filed two overdue campaign finance reports listing 83 people who got $125 each for election-day campaign work -- payments that are under investigation by Maryland's prosecutor.

The reports filed by Dashiell, a member of the Baltimore County school board, paint a picture of a campaign built on paid staff and workers rather than on volunteers, and funded largely by the candidate himself.

But Dashiell -- an attorney who owes $950 in late fees on four campaign reports -- said yesterday that he has not seen the latest report, signed by campaign treasurer Audrey Quarles.

He also said he is unsure whether the payments to poll workers were legal. "I read the election code for the first time two weeks ago," said Dashiell.

State Prosecutor Stephen Montanarelli is investigating whether the payments broke state laws that bar election-day poll workers from being paid.

Dashiell and Julius Henson, his campaign manager, insisted after the Democratic primary loss Sept. 15 that the payments were legal. Dashiell lost the 10th District primary to Sen. Delores G. Kelley.

Nearly $11,000 went to pay the Dashiell workers, according to the campaign report, which also stated that the campaign had $17,440 left over.

But Dashiell said yesterday that no money is left over. His signature is not on the report.

Although Dashiell and Henson have said they gave poll workers checks on primary night after the polls closed, the workers were instructed not to cash them until the next day. The reports list all the payments as being made Sept. 16, for "training."

County school officials concluded that Old Court Middle School employees violated their labor contract by using school equipment to produce a flier seeking campaign workers for Dashiell's election-day effort.

Pub Date: 2/02/99

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