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Bob Brady's campaign paid challenger to drop out of congressional race, prosecutors allege
|Last Edited||IndyGeorgia Aug 02, 2017 09:57pm|
|News Date||Tuesday, July 25, 2017 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||A former political aide told a federal judge on Tuesday that U.S. Rep. Bob Brady's re-election campaign in 2012 paid his challenger to drop out of the congressional race. |
Carolyn Cavaness, 34, of Ardmore, admitted to taking part in the scheme when she worked as an aide to former Philadelphia Municipal Judge Jimmie Moore, who looked set to challenge Brady's seat in the Democratic primary before dropping out, according to a statement issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Prosecutors allege Brady's campaign paid Moore's campaign $90,000 to have Moore drop out of the race.
The statement did not directly identify Brady or Moore, instead referring to them as "Candidate A" and "Candidate B," respectively, but it said the candidates were in the 2012 Democratic race for Pennsylvania’s First Congressional District, which Brady has represented since 1998.
Prosecutors allege that to get around campaign laws, which states a campaign cannot pay more than $2,000 to another, Moore told Cavaness to create a company whose sole purpose would be to receive the funds from Brady's campaign. The money was allegedly used to pay Moore's campaign debts, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
The payments were routed through two political consultants who created false invoices intended to justify the payments, prosecutors claimed.
Brady and Moore have not been charged or accused of wrongdoing, but the case could spell trouble for Brady down the line.
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