A campaign manager pleaded guilty today for agreeing with others to pay voters to vote in a Donna school board election, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson and Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. Five campaign workers have already pleaded guilty to vote-buying in this election.
Francisco “Frankie” Garcia, 47, of Donna, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to buy votes and one count of vote-buying, all during the Nov. 2012 general election.
According to a factual basis read with Garcia’s plea, a general election was held on or about Nov. 6, 2012, in Donna, which included candidates for the presidential election, as well as candidates for various state, county and local offices, including members of the Donna School Board. Garcia worked as a campaign manager for four school board candidates, and he and others agreed to pay voters with cash and cocaine to vote for those candidates.
Garcia is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 24, 2015, before U.S. District Judge Ricardo Hinojosa.