Trump Super PAC Senior Aide Found Guilty Of Corruption Charges

In March, Politico described Jesse Benton’s hiring as chief strategist of Great America PAC, a pro-Trump super PAC, as “the latest indication that the super PAC … is developing into a serious organization — one looking to buttress Trump in the final stretch of the Republican primary and, potentially, the general election.”

Today a jury found Benton and two others guilty of a host of corruption and campaign finance violations related to their work on Ron Paul’s 2012 campaign, when they secretly funneled $73,000 to an Iowa state senator in exchange for switching his support from Michele Bachmann to Paul in the lead-up to the state’s caucus.

Specifically, the Des Moines Register reports:

Jurors found Benton:

•       Guilty of conspiracy   

•       Guilty of causing false records 

•       Guilty of causing false campaign expenditure reporting 

•       Guilty of a false statements scheme 

Quite an auspicious start to the general election for Donald Trump’s super PAC.

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