Top Ron Paul aide avoids prison for 2012 campaign violations
Three campaign advisers to 2012 presidential candidate Ron Paul are expected to get prison time on charges that allege they conspired to cover up campaign payments to a former Iowa state senator. Paul campaign chairman Jesse Benton, campaign manager John Tate and deputy manager Dimitri Kesari say they broke no laws when they paid $73,000 to former state Sen. Kent Sorenson, who endorsed Paul six days before the 2012 Iowa caucuses. Prosecutors say the scheme became illegal when the men tried to hide the payment in federal campaign financial disclosure reports. They were convicted of conspiracy and on three charges related to false campaign reporting. Benton and Tate will be sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Des Moines. Kesari's hearing is Wednesday. The men are expected to appeal their convictions.