The Buying of the Presidency

Super PAC Contributions Can Be Considered Bribes: Judge

 

huffingtonpost.com – Paul Blumenthal

A federal judge dismissed four charges in the corruption case involving Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and his donor Salomon Melgen, but let stand bribery charges related to the senator’s solicitation of super PAC cash.

WASHINGTON — A district court judge on Monday dismissed four corruption charges against Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and his donor Salomon Melgen, but denied motions to toss out other charges including, notably, the senator’s solicitation of contributions for a super PAC.

Lawyers for the senator had asked the court to dismiss charges related to Menendez’s solicitation of $700,000 from Melgen for Senate Majority PAC, a super PAC run by former aides to Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that made independent expenditures to support Menendez’s 2012 reelection.

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