Rand Paul Supporter Jesse Benton Gets Most Charges Dismissed

Then-Representative Ron Paul signs the back of a copy of the Constitution as his campaign manager, Jesse Benton, looks on on May 17, 2011, in Las Vegas.

Photographer: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Jesse Benton, a supporter of Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul, won dismissal of four of the five counts in a federal case stemming from the 2012 White House bid by the Kentucky senator’s father Ron.

Another Rand Paul ally, John Tate, won dismissal from the case, which is set for trial next week in Des Moines, Iowa.

Benton, who has pleaded not guilty, is married to Ron Paul’s granddaughter and served as lead strategist for America’s Liberty PAC, a group backing Rand Paul’s campaign. The charges against Benton and Tate included engaging in a scheme to make false statements to the Federal Election Commission.

The case is U.S. v. Benton, 15-cr-00103, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa (Des Moines).

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