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Sun May 5, 2019, 07:18 PM

Brady aide Ken Smukler gets 18 months in prison, $75K fine for election law crimes

A federal judge has sentenced Ken Smukler, a longtime aide to former U.S. Rep. Bob Brady (D), to 18 months in prison and a $75,000 fine for violating federal election law.

“What you did in this case really subverts the election process,” U.S. District Judge Jan E. DuBois told Smukler at the end of an emotional sentencing hearing Friday. “The rules were established by Congress, and they were meant to be followed.”

In December, a jury found Smukler had helped to arrange a $90,000 payoff from Brady’s campaign fund to former Municipal Court Judge Jimmie Moore in return for Moore’s withdrawal from a primary challenge to Brady.

Moore and two others pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations in connection with the scheme. Smukler was the only one charged who went to trial.

Read more: https://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/brady-aide-ken-smukler-gets-months-in-prison-k-fine/article_ff4d4a9c-c5de-5378-b084-dfc670b659c7.html

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