Tonight (August 6) is the first of the debates for those vying for the Republican spot in the 2016 Presidential election. What would a political race be without a little scandal?
Three members of Rand Paul's campaign team have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their actions in 2012. While working for on Paul's father Ron, the indictment claims that Jesse Benton, John Tate, and Dimitrios Kersai laundered $73,000 to Iowa Senator Kent Sorenson. Allegedly, they laundered it through a film production company and political consulting company that Sorenson was president of.
Benton denied those claims when he was interviewed by FBI officials in July of last year, but things get murky because Sorrenson plead guilty to concealing payments ranging from $8,000 to $33,000 in August, a month after Benton's denial.
In a statement from Paul's campaign, it said, "Senator Rand Paul is disappointed that President Obama's justice department chose to release this just prior to the highly-anticipated first Republican Presidential debate; it certainly appears suspiciously timed and possibly, politically motivated.... these actions are from 2012 and have nothing to do with our campaign."
All three men in the indictment worked on Ron Paul's campaign in 2012. Tate was the campaign manager, Kersai the deputy national campaign manager. Kersai also worked on Rand's general election in 2010, Mitch McConnell's in 2014, and as a consultant to the Republican Party of Kentucky.
Benton and Tate are also members of the America's Liberty PAC, Tate being the president and founder.
Certainly this is troubling to Paul, as his numbers and campaign raising funds have stalled since his announcement to run.
Currently, all three remain on his campaign team but, depending on his performance in tonight's debate, that may change very soon.