CORRUPTION

Ron Paul’s Ex-Campaign Chief Indicted

Jesse Benton, the man who ran Ron Paul’s presidential campaign in 2012 and now heads Rand Paul's super PAC, was indicted Wednesday for an alleged endorsement-for-pay scheme. Benton is accused of concealing a payment of $73,000 to then-Iowa State Senator Kent Sorenson in exchange for his support for Paul. “Federal campaign-finance laws are intended to ensure the integrity and transparency of the federal election process,” Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell said in a statement. “When political operatives make under-the-table payments to buy an elected official’s political support, it undermines public confidence in our entire political system.” Two others have also been indicted in the case.