Friday, January 21, 2011

Oswego County man raised money for Republican Party candidates as his community service sentence

Oswego, NY -- Allen Manwaring had to perform 100 hours of community service three years ago for sexually harassing a teenage girl.

Picking up litter? Working at a soup kitchen? No. Manwaring spent most of his hours campaigning for the Oswego County Republican Party.

Manwaring, 45, put in 80 of his hours by raising money for Republican candidates, putting up political signs and strategizing with candidates, according to court records and interviews.

That’s not the way the law works. The state penal law requires defendants to do community service for a public agency — meaning government — or nonprofit organization. The Oswego County Republican Party is neither.

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