Lawyers for Brady, rival rebut claims of illegal campaign payoff


U.S. Rep. Robert Brady’s lawyer pushed back Wednesday against federal prosecutors’ claims that the congressman secretly paid a political rival $90,000 to drop a bid to unseat him in the 2012 Democratic primary.


If any of the money from Smukler and Jones went toward retiring Moore’s campaign debt, it should have been reported on his campaign-finance filings, said Adav Noti, senior director of the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center and a former associate general counsel for the Federal Election Commission.

“In this case, the money was coming out of Brady’s own campaign account, so he was required to disclose it,” Noti said.

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