The FBI is investigating Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Bob Brady for conspiracy, false statements and campaign fraud in relation to payments his campaign allegedly made to 2012 primary opponent Jimmie Moore in order to persuade him to drop out of the race, court documents show.
From Mix Politics:
The Daily Caller reported that earlier this month, FBI special agent Jonathan R. Szeliga filed a search warrant request in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for all emails associated with Brady’s campaign email, [email protected]
In this filing, Szeliga claimed that “probable cause to believe that Kenneth Smukler, Robert Brady, Donald ‘D.A.’ Jones, Jimmie Moore, and Carolyn Cavaness and others known and unknown have committed violations” including charges of conspiracy, false statements, producing false records, causing false campaign contribution reports and violating limits on campaign contributions and expenditures.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Carol Sandra Moore Wells signed off on the search warrant the same day that she received it. The court unsealed the search warrant last week, as Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric L. Gibson said that secrecy was no longer necessary.
“The sealing aimed to protect the ongoing criminal investigation,” he wrote in a motion filed Thursday. “Some of the bases for the application to seal are no longer existent.”
This comes a month after federal prosecutors announced charges against two of Brady’s political consultants, Kenneth Smukler and Donald Jones, in relation to the campaign finance probe.
Moore, who is cooperating with law enforcement, said the during a meeting in February of 2012, Brady agreed to pay $90,000 toward Mr. Moore’s campaign debts, in exchange for Mr. Moore’s agreement to drop out of the race.
“In that conversation, Brady and Moore agreed and understood that the payment from Brady’s campaign to Moore’s campaign would be disguised, and the deception would include hiding at least some of the Bob Brady for Congress campaign funds as the purchase of the aforementioned poll,” the affidavit stated.
The documents suggest Brady, Moore, Cavaness and two political consultants could face charges for committing conspiracy, false statements, producing false records, causing false campaign contribution reports and limits on campaign contribution and expenditures.