Consultant at Ken Smukler's campaign finance trial says Bob Brady's rival 'had no political juice'

Steve Tawa
November 21, 2018 - 5:05 pm
Ken Smukler

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- When political strategist Ken Smukler's federal trial resumes next week, he is expected to take the stand. First, a long-time associate of Congressman Bob Brady, the man they both worked for, will be cross-examined by the defense. 

Donald Jones testified Wednesday that the Brady camp did not need to buy Jimmie Moore's poll for $90,000 in Moore's brief unsuccessful challenge to Brady in the 2012 Democratic primary. He told jurors that Moore was never a threat - he "had no political juice, couldn't raise money, and was a clown," as Jones put it. Jones pointed out in the prior election, Brady got 91% of the vote. Known as D.A., Jones says that he has handled 500 to 600 political campaigns over 35 years.

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Jones is hoping for a lenient sentence for his cooperation, after pleading guilty to one count of lying to the FBI.

Accused of violating federal campaign finance laws, Smukler is expected to strongly deny being part of any payoff negotiations between Congressman Brady's campaign and Moore, for Moore to drop out. Moore, who previously pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations, testified earlier this week. 

As for Brady, the statute of limitations ran out earlier this year, and the Congressman, who is retiring, was never charged.