Defendants Jason Plummer and Plummer For Congress were granted motions for extension of time to file a responsive pleading twice in the last month for a lawsuit alleging Plummer failed to pay the plaintiff more than $50,000 for her work on his U.S. Congressional campaign last year.
“Defendants make this request for additional time for the sole purpose of ensuring that his counsel has adequate time to engage in factual investigation regarding the alleged claims and not for the purpose of harassment or delay,” the motions state.
Plummer on Sept. 12 also demanded a trial by jury.
According to the complaint filed June 17, Franny Decker, doing business as Decker Consulting Services in Washington, D.C., claims she began managing fundraising activities for political action committees for Plummer. In return, she says Plummer promised to pay her a monthly retainer, plus a commission on all PAC funds his campaign received.
“Plaintiff was an effective fundraiser for defendants and greatly exceeded the stated financial goal to be raised from PACs,” the suit states.
Decker alleges Plummer did not reimburse her for her work.
“At the time of this complaint, the outstanding amount owed by defendants to plaintiff totals in excess of $50,000 but not in excess of $75,000,” the suit states.
The first motion for extension of time was filed on Sept. 12 and granted by Madison County Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth on Sept. 17. The second motion for extension of time was filed on Sept. 27 and granted on Sept. 30.
The defendants now have until Oct. 11 to file an answer.
Kent Gray of Springfield represents Decker.
Michael D. Schag represents Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen in Edwardsville represents the defendants.
Democrat William Enyart of Belleville defeated Plummer, a Republican, in the 12th Congressional race last year by a 9 point margin.
Madison County Circuit Court case number 13-L-1018