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Ex-GOP Candidate To Plead Guilty After Allegedly Bilking Donors For Cigars, Escorts

Rep. David Cicilline’s (D-RI) 2016 Republican congressional opponent has been charged with wire fraud and violating election law for using political donations for things like cigars and escort services. He has reached a plea deal with prosecutors, the Providence Journal reported Wednesday night.

Prosecutors alleged in a Feb. 12 court filing that beginning in December 2016, former Republican congressional candidate H. Russell Taub falsely told potential donors that two organizations he’d created — “Keeping America in Republican Control” and “Keeping Ohio in Republican Control” — were super PACs when in fact he’d never registered them with the Federal Election Commission. (Read …read more

Source: TPM

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