Conspiracy and Campaign Contributions

A former Member of Congress was charged in a contribution scheme, according to this report.

Former Rep. Pat Swindall was charged Tuesday in a state court with one count of conspiracy to commit a crime and four counts of false statements. Two of his business associates also were charged.

Authorities said Swindall arranged to contribute $8,000 to a city councilwoman through eight ‘conduit donors,’ each of whom appeared to give the maximum allowable contribution of $1,000. The councilwoman, Joyce Sheperd, is accused of no wrongdoing and said she plans to return the money.

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