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Bob Brady aide ‘deliberately flouted’ campaign laws, prosecutor says as trial opens

November 15, 2018

Ken Smukler, a political strategist for U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, and his lawyer Brian McMonagle, right, exit Federal Court, after an arraignment in 2017.

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A political adviser to U.S. Rep Bob Brady flouted campaign laws and employed “no-holds-barred, anything-goes tactics” over two congressional campaigns to give his clients an unfair advantage that “undermined the fundamental integrity and fairness of our democratic process,” a federal prosecutor said Thursday.

But the defense lawyer for Ken Smukler said he never committed or intended to commit a crime, even when he routed $90,000 to Brady’s Democratic primary rival in 2012 — a payment prosecutors assert was intended to persuade the challenger to drop out of the race.

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