Ex-Bachmann Aide Pleads Guilty to Taking Cash to Switch to Ron Paul Campaign

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  1. InTheLight

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    The former top Iowa adviser to Michele Bachmann’s failed presidential campaign pleaded guilty to concealing payments he received from former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul’s presidential campaign to switch his support and ditch Bachmann.

    Former Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson entered the guilty plea for one count of causing a federal campaign committee to falsely report its expenditures and one count of obstruction of justice.

    Sorenson admitted he had supported one campaign for the 2012 presidential election, but from October to December 2011, “he met and secretly negotiated with a second political campaign to switch his support to that second campaign in exchange for concealed payments that amounted to $73,000,” according to a Justice Department release.

    The Justice Department said Sorenson was paid about $8,000 a month with payments funneled through two companies before reaching Sorenson and his wife.

    Sorenson publicly announced that he switched his support from Bachmann to Paul on Dec. 28, 2011, just days before the Iowa Caucus. The defection was a significant blow to Bachmann, whose campaign lost steam after she won the Iowa straw poll in August of that year.

    http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/272916621.html

    [Note: Jesse Benton, Ron Paul's grandson-in-law was the chairman of Paul's presidential campaign, and so likely knew about the payments.]
     
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    Either RP knew about them or he is inept.
     
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    From the comments…..

    Last fall, the Iowa Special Investigator said he could NOT tie the $73,000 to the Paul campaign, while claiming that the Bachmann campaign had paid Sorensen. 8 months later, Sorensen pleads guilty to the very thing the special investigator said he could not prove. What gives? Can we get a clarification that both Sorensen and Bachmann still claim he was not paid by her PAC.



    Also….The guy that actually gave Sorenson the cash is named Dimitri Kesari, who was Paul's deputy national campaign manager. And Sorenson resigned back in October, of last year. I'm betting Ron Paul never knew who Sorenson was. All his grandson knew was somebody named Sorenson was on the payroll. He had no way of knowing he was on Bachmann's campaign, as well.


    I'd say Sorenson looks pretty guilty, of being stupid and greedy. Kesari might have some 'splainin' to do, but he'll most likely skate.

    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/records-paul-aide-gave-iowa-senator-25k-check
     
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    I think most of us knew Paul's campaign supporters were underhanded and dirty, but paying people to change sides?

    Seems like a new low.
     

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