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BREAKING: New FEC Records Show Huge Payments to Disgraced McConnell Campaign Manager Ensnared in Federal Bribery Scandal

Records now show $117,000 in payments after Benton was no longer running the campaign, including after Mitch McConnell said personally “we’re moving on”

 

FRANKFORT– New FEC records show that ex-McConnell campaign chief Jesse Benton was paid $117,000 during a period in which he was—according to news reports quoting McConnell sources and McConnell himself—no longer running McConnell’s campaign. Under the headline:

 

“Mitch McConnell staffer wasn’t running campaign”

 

McConnell sources dished that Benton’s duties had essentially ceased after the May 20th primary defeat of Tea Party challenger Matt Bevin, at which point the campaign was turned over to current manager Josh Holmes.

New FEC documents now show that – despite being replaced and under investigation in a federal bribery scandal that ultimately caused his resignation – Benton was paid at least $117,000 by Mitch McConnell’s campaign committee, his leadership PAC, and the Republican Party of Kentucky.

“We now know why Mitch McConnell has repeatedly stonewalled every single media question about his knowledge of the federal bribery scandal surrounding his former campaign chief,” said Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Dan Logsdon. “Kentucky voters deserve an immediate explanation – from Mitch McConnell himself – as to why he continued to funnel more than $100,000 to someone under criminal investigation in a federal bribery probe who was no longer running his campaign.”

“What’s the explanation for Mitch McConnell funneling Benton huge sums of money for months after he was no longer running the campaign – short of hush money or a corrupt political payoff – and when will Mitch finally come clean with the voters of Kentucky?” asked Logsdon.

 

BENTON PAYMENTS AFTER PRIMARY

 

REPORT: Benton No Longer Ran the Campaign After the Primary. “McConnell's former campaign manager had not actively run the campaign for months before his resignation last week, Republican sources said. After guiding the Kentucky Republican through a contentious primary, Jesse Benton was essentially replaced by McConnell's former chief of staff on Capitol Hill, Josh Holmes. Last week, Benton resigned amid questions over his involvement in a payoff scandal associated with Rep. Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign. But two Republican operatives close to the campaign said his work was already done at that point. McConnell had hired Benton to fend off well-funded Tea Party challenger Matt Bevin in the May 20 primary, which McConnell won easily. After that, the political and day-to-day leadership of the operation shifted to Holmes” [Washington Examiner, 9/2/14]

McConnell’s campaign, the Republican Party of Kentucky, and McConnell’s leadership committee paid Benton over $117,000 dollars in the time that he was supposedly “not actively” running the campaign.

McConnell Senate Committee

 

[FEC, Accessed 10/22/14]

Republican Party of Kentucky

 

[FEC, Accessed 10/22/14]

Bluegrass Committee

 

[FEC, Accessed 10/22/14]