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Tue Oct 22, 2019, 03:16 PM

Republican operative pleads guilty in fraud PAC scheme

Source: Washington Post

A Republican operative pleaded guilty to a federal crime Tuesday for his involvement in political action committees that prosecutors say defrauded their donors. Scott B. Mackenzie’s plea to filing false reports with the Federal Election Commission in Alexandria federal court comes weeks after fellow operative Kelley Rogers admitted broader donor fraud.

Mackenzie, who worked on the political campaigns of Ronald Reagan, Jack Kemp and Patrick Buchanan, agreed to pay $172,000 in restitution. The 66-year-old Arlington resident will be sentenced on February 21 and faces up to five years in prison; he declined to comment after the plea. Both men were involved with the political consulting firm Strategic Campaign Group, which took money from a network of PACs that included Conservative Strikeforce, Conservative Majority Fund and Tea Party Majority Fund. Mackenzie served as treasurer of those and about four dozen other PACs, he said in court.

The committees, according to court documents, spent most of their money on overhead and little on the candidates they claimed to be helping. Instead, funds went to their firms and associates, including a woman in Winchester, Va., who shared a bank account with Mackenzie and pretended to be doing data entry for his groups, the documents state. Mackenzie also used the woman as a conduit for illegal contributions in 2012 and 2015, according to the plea. Although the candidates were not named, FEC records indicate they were House of Representatives candidates Cherilyn Eagar of Utah and Brent Waltz of Indiana.

Mackenzie and Rogers were both defendants in a lawsuit Ken Cuccinelli filed in 2014 against groups that claimed to raise money for his Virginia gubernatorial campaign the previous year. The Conservative Strikeforce agreed in 2015 to pay Cuccinelli, now acting head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, $85,000 to settle the lawsuit. Mackenzie admitted he used at least $55,000 from small donors to pay legal fees related to that case. He has also been involved in half a dozen settlements with various campaigns through the FEC. As part of his plea, he must notify clients, vendors and any committee he is involved with about the case. His attorney Andrea Moseley said in court that “there isn’t much going on right now” for him professionally.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legal-issues/republican-operative-pleads-guilty-in-fraud-pac-scheme/2019/10/22/d1f80f68-f11d-11e9-8693-f487e46784aa_story.html



Wow. Goes back to fundraising for Raygun.

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Tue Oct 22, 2019, 04:32 PM

1. Fuck Better they be allowed to continue to 2020. The money they would have raised,

would not have helped Gropenfuhrer's campaign.

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Tue Oct 22, 2019, 04:41 PM

2. I read that manafort worked for Raygun too. nt

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Tue Oct 22, 2019, 11:10 PM

3. Republicans cheat, they lie, they steal, they cheat. . .

Mackenzie is 66 years old, so you know this isn't his first time cheatin at the rodeo...the whole damn party needs to be dissolved...let the fragments form their own specialized little hate groups - evangelicals, white supremacist, tea party, tax cheats, philanderers...
It is increasingly difficult to keep up with the criminality of the officials of this party.

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