Jesse Benton

Pro-Trump PAC Leader Guilty in 2012 Endorsement Scandal
Former Ron Paul aide linked to campaign finance fraud

Aides to Ron Paul were found guilty of corruption while working on his 2012 presidential campaign. ( Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Three former 2012 presidential campaign aides to former Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul were found guilty on Thursday of public corruption.  

One of the aides convicted by a federal jury in Iowa, Jesse Benton, was tapped this year to be a chief strategist of a super PAC supporting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.  

Former Aides to Ron and Rand Paul Re-Indicted

Three former staffers to Ron Paul were indicted on conspiracy charges surrounding his 2012 presidential campaign. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A trio of former aides to former Rep. Rand Paul, R-Texas, and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul are not out of the woods yet on criminal charges related to Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign.  

A grand jury in Des Moines, Iowa, re-indicted Jesse Benton, John Tate and Dimitri Kesari on conspiracy charges Thursday, according to The Associated Press . Benton was also issued a summons to appear in court on Dec. 2.  

Jesse Benton Acquitted in Campaign Fraud Case

A former aide to Paul was acquitted on charges that he lied to FBI agents. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Jesse Benton, a longtime ally of Sen. Rand Paul, was acquitted Thursday on charges tied to a campaign fraud case surrounding former Rep. Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign, according to the Des Moines Register .  

Benton was caught up in a scandal, in which a former Iowa state senator admitted to taking $73,000 in payments from Ron Paul's presidential campaign in exchange for switching his endorsement to Paul from then-Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. Benton had served as Paul's campaign chairman in 2012, but maintained his innocence in the ordeal.  

Rand Paul Allies Indicted in Iowa Campaign Fraud Case (Updated)

Two campaign operatives running one of Sen. Rand Paul's super PACs were indicted Wednesday along with a third person for charges related to his father Ron Paul's presidential campaign. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 1:25 p.m. | A longtime ally of Sen. Rand Paul who at one point served as the 2014 campaign manager for now-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been indicted for alleged campaign finance fraud.  

Louisville, Ky.-based political operative Jesse Benton was McConnell's campaign manager until he abruptly resigned on Aug. 29, 2014,  after former Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson admitted to taking concealed payments from the 2012 presidential campaign of former Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas. Benton was the campaign chairman.  

Mitch McConnell's Campaign Manager Resigns

McConnell is the Senate Minority Leader. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Jesse Benton, who had worked as the campaign manager for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's re-election bid, said Friday he would resign.  

The veteran operative with close ties to the Paul family released a lengthy statement making the announcement. The Lexington Herald-Leader  first reported Benton's resignation, which is effective Saturday.