Rand Paul's floundering campaign has hit another obstacle as the current head of America's Liberty PAC, the super PAC promoting Rand Paul's candidacy, has been indicted for conspiracy and bribery.
Jesse Benton was indicted on five counts including conspiracy, causing the submission of false campaign expenditure reports to the Federal Election Commission and making false statements to the FBI, according to the indictment unsealed Wednesday in federal court in Iowa. The charges stemmed from an alleged scheme to bribe a former Iowa lawmaker to switch his endorsement in the 2012 Republican presidential primary from then-Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) to Paul, then a congressman from Texas.
To be indicted for bribery is embarrassing enough, but to be indicted for bribing someone to support Ron Paul instead of Michelle Bachmann is pathetic and would not make for the best tagline on a tombstone. The risks and consequences for doing so have clearly far outweighed the reward, whatever the potential reward may have been.
The founder of America's Liberty PAC and another Ron Paul staffer were also indicted for exercising liberties they don't have.