Charges filed in Oakland County election case

PONTIAC (AP) -- Two men in Oakland County have been charged in a scheme to try to fool voters into supporting third-party candidates in last year's election.

Michael McGuinness is the former chairman of the Oakland County Democratic Party, and Jason Bauer is the former operations director. They're accused of forging documents and slating candidates under the name of the Independent Tea Party. The candidates didn't know their names were being used.

McGuinness and Bauer are charged with election crimes and forgery. They were released on bond Wednesday and later declined to comment. They quit their party posts last summer.

Republicans say it was a scam to draw votes away from GOP candidates. McGuinness and Bauer quit their Democratic Party posts last summer.

Published: Fri, Mar 18, 2011

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