Aide Says Brady Campaign Paid Primary Challenger to Drop Out
Carolyn Cavaness, a former political aide to senior Municipal Court Judge Jimmie Moore plead guilty to her role in a scheme to have Moore drop out of a primary challenge to Congressman Bob Brady (D-Philadelphia).
The Inquirer reports that Brady’s campaign reportedly paid $90,000 in campaign debts for Moore to drop out of the race during Moore’s 2012 bid.
Neither Brady or Moore have been charged with a crime, nor were they named in the court filings. The filings made clear that the allegations were in reference to Moore’s run for the 1st Congressional District, which Brady represents. Brady had denied any wrongdoing.
The court filings showed that Cavaness was instructed my Moore to create a company that would accept the money from the Brady campaign.
The filings had been sealed for at least one month because the prosecutors were concerned Brady would attempt to interfere with the investigation.
“The government submits that this conduct by [Brady] was intended to influence [that person’s] account of the matter under investigation,” the prosecutor wrote in filings according to the Inquirer.
The conduct was Brady reportedly talking with another witness to sync up their stories after the FBI had spoken with Brady.