The contributions were labeled “legal expense donation[s].” McHenry had given Lay another $10,000 in July 2007.
Roughly one year ago, Lay was indicted for allegedly “illegally cast[ing] his ballot in two 2004 Congressional primary runoffs in which McHenry was a candidate.” According to local news accounts, Lay was given probation in the case last summer.
McHenry eventually won that 2004 primary runoff by 86 votes.
“I’m glad the charges against Aaron were dismissed,” McHenry said in a statement.
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