According to a commenter.

…I helped to run one of the offices that was authorized to hire 105 people to canvass in Cleveland. We were explicitly instructed to tell the people we hired that those who canvassed Saturday and Sunday would be paid Sunday night at 8 pm, and those who canvassed Monday and Tuesday would be paid on Tuesday at 8 pm. Sunday came and went, and the plan changed so that everyone would be paid on Tuesday. On Tuesday, at 8:20, I received a call informing me that no one would be paid that night. I had the pleasure of relaying this information to the 105 people amassed in the office to receive their pay. Everyone was instructed to show up on the East Side at 9 am to receive their checks. By 8:30 there was a line of some 50-75 people. The checks didn’t even arrive until 11:30 am, and they were blank. Apparently no one at Lancer or the ODP had done anything with the meticulous records we kept, and had just handed a stack of checks over to be delivered two and a half hours late. By 12:30, the checks ran out. For those who couldn’t afford to wait 6 hours in line to receive money they had been promised payment of days earlier, a telephone hotline was set up, which no one knew about. I only found out about this number several days later from an angry canvasser who had a bad experience with whomever was on the other end of the line. As the only person willing to give out my phone number, I have received calls from dozens of angry canvassers, some of whom are demanding payment from me personally based on the fact that the hotline is telling people it will take up to 2 weeks to process payment, and they cannot get ahold of anyone else. This morning, I received a call from a canvasser informing me that the voicemail box at the hotline was full. I called this afternoon and the line is disconnected. Nobody from the Party has called me or will answer the phone. Nobody has attempted to take any responsibility whatsoever. There is no number I can call at Lancer after I get off the phone with angry unpaid canvassers. All told, the buck doesn’t stop anywhere with this operation, except perhaps with me, and I can’t do anything about anything. I have worked numerous campaigns, and I know they are prone to problems and exploitation of temporary labor, but I have never been so disgusted, disappointed, and publicly humiliated in my life as I have been this election cycle by the ODP and whoever made these awful decisions. I will certainly never work for a Democratic candidate again, and it will probably take some years before I can vote for one either.

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  • Anorganizer

    Eric,

    What are your thoughts on this? It’s not overblown and the same situation played itself out in Franklin County.

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  • Sandy Theis

    After a software glitch prevented some Democratic canvassers from being paid on time, the Lancer Group – a company hired by the Ohio Democratic Party to get voters to the polls — promised to quickly pay everyone who was owed money. Lancer co-owner Harold Gist issued a public apology to those who were affected and apologized to the ODP for any embarrassment it suffered.

    Over the past two weeks, Democratic Party officials have worked with the Lancer Group to compile lists of those paid in full and those still owed money. To streamline the process, ODP directly issued checks to canvassers and plans to send the remaining checks tomorrow.

    In the past few days, very few canvassers have said they are owed money and some have actually sent thank you calls or emails after their payments had arrived.

    Some “new” people are calling but Lancer has no record of them working.

    A hotline for canvassers to call has been discontinued but the following email has been activated to address any final issues. Lancergrouppayroll@gmail.com

    Canvassers who believe they are still owed money should email the Lancer Group and include their names, dates worked and any contact information.

    I am working for the Lancer Group, and urge anyone who still has questions to feel free to email at sandy.theis@gmail.com

  • I think someone is going to get sued is what I think. There is more to this and we’re working on finding out what. I don’t think the original implication from the right that ODP was stiffing canvassers was accurate. I do think there were problems, obviously.

  • Equilt

    No candidate caused the issue–it was ODP and ODP alone–not fair to ignore a good candidate because of a Party foul up!

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  • Burningriverdem

    it horrible to know, but the deeper this gets it will show just how much there was a lack of leadership from the higher up in columbus on both the paid canvassing program and the ground operations in general. as a loyal democrat, its said to say that an honest assessment of 2010 would reveal this

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