Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-10-25 11:18:54 –
Nashville, Tennessee (WKRN) —A federal grand jury has charged Tennessee Senator Brian Kelsey and the owner of a social club in Nashville for violating election funding laws.
According to court documents, Kelsey, 43, and Joshua Smith, 44, poured “soft money” into the Federal Campaign Commission from Kelsey’s Tennessee Senate campaign. According to the US Federal Attorney’s Office, illegal donations to his federal campaign were also made through advertising, and false reports of donations and spending were submitted to the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
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According to the complaint, Kelsey, Smith and others hid that $ 91,000 had been transferred to a national political organization to fund an ad urging voters to support Kelsey in the 2016 primary. .. The conspirators also said they had political organizations donate a total of $ 80,000 to Kelsey’s Federal Campaign Commission.
Kelsey and Smith have been charged with conspiracy to scam FEC and illegally transfer “soft money.” Kelsey is also responsible for accepting and making excessive contributions to federal campaigns. Their first appearance is scheduled for November 5th. If convicted, they face up to five years’ imprisonment for each count.
The FBI is continuing its investigation.
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