Jesse Benton and John Tate have been indicted on charges of violating campaign finance laws during Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign. Benton, who is married to Paul’s granddaughter, was the chair of the campaign committee. Tate was the campaign manager. Both are now heading up America’s Liberty, a super PAC supporting Rand Paul’s 2016 bid for the White House. Also indicted was Dimitri Kesari, Deputy National Campaign Manager for the Ron Paul 2012 campaign.

The Washington Post reports;

The indictment charges the defendants with conspiracy, causing false records to obstruct a contemplated investigation and causing the submission of false campaign expenditure reports. It alleges they paid more than $70,000 to then-Iowa state senator Kent Sorenson in exchange for his support. The indictment accuses the men of concealing their payments from the Federal Election Commission and the FBI.

Sorenson pleaded guilty last August.

Benton & Tate Indicted
Benton & Tate Indicted

Branded by some as “Ron Paul Inc.” during the campaign, Benton and Tate were part of a small inner circle which many activists came to despise. Alienating such staunch supporters as Tom Woods, and Adam Kokesh, denigrating “truthers” and “ragamuffins”, and other senselessly divisive tactics became the trademarks of “Ron Paul Inc.”

For all their insistence that such compromises had to be made, so that Ron Paul might obtain the presidency, these strategies turned out to be a complete failure. For Benton, Tate, and their ilk, no compromise was too great if it meant obtaining that prize. If the prize had indeed been obtained, I might agree. But that’s not what happened. The compromises were made, the movement divided, and the Republican nomination went to Mitt Romney, who in turn lost to Barack Obama. 

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