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The FBI has charged three members of former Texas Rep. Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign with conspiracy, including Jesse Benton, who now runs the pro-Rand Paul super-PAC America’s Liberty. According to the indictment, Benton, Paul’s former Campaign Manager John Tate, and former Deputy Campaign Manager Dimitrios Kesari arranged payments of more than $70,000 to former Iowa Sen. Kent Sorenson to switch his endorsement from former Rep. Michele Bachmann, who was also running for president at the time.
An email to Benton, who had served as a top adviser to Ron Paul during the 2012 campaign, has not been returned. “Federal campaign finance laws are intended to ensure the integrity and transparency of the federal election process,” Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell said in a statement. “When political operatives make under-the-table payments to buy an elected official’s political support, it undermines public confidence in our entire political system.”
“That this indictment is now suddenly announced on the eve of the first Republican Presidential debate strongly supports our belief that this is a politically motivated prosecution designed to serve a political agenda, not to achieve justice,” Howard said in an email to The Hill.
originally posted by: LeatherNLace
Are they going to indict Iowa Sen. Kent Sorenson on corruption charges for accepting the bribe? If we want to get at the root of such corruption, then it stands to reason that we should be prosecuting the politicians first and foremost.
Benton is married to Rand Paul’s niece, and the GOP presidential candidate said late last year he’d be happy to bring Benton on to his campaign team