When fundraising for his PACs, consisting of one group that was seemingly raising money for Republican Ken Cuccinelli’s 2013 bid for Virginia guv and another PAC that said it assisted veterans, Rogers “purposefully misrepresented to donors that these PACs would use the contributions to support political causes and prospects,” U.S. Lawyer Zachary Terwilliger composed in a memo filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Rather, Rogers “misappropriated nearly all of the donations for his own individual advantage and for the benefit of his PACs and chosen vendors,” wrote Terwilliger.
Typically, Rogers and others at Strategic Campaign Group reinvested the cash they raised into finding more donors, with the aid of a circle of favored suppliers that received large sums for their services. They spent countless dollars to grow a big “home file,” or email list, that they could then lease to projects for large sums of money.
Rogers was also associated with running Conservative Majority Fund, a PAC that raised nearly $10 million in between 2012 and 2019 but, according to an investigation by POLITICO and ProPublica, invested nearly no cash on prospects or political activity.
Another Tactical Project Group authorities, Scott Mackenzie, also pleaded guilty in federal court but has not yet been sentenced. A third former authorities at the group, Chip O’Neil, is anticipated to plead guilty this month.
In addition to being sentenced to 3 years in jail, Rogers was bought to pay $491,299 in restitution.
” The accused’s criminal offenses are not victimless,” Terwilliger composed. “They included thousands of victims and millions of dollars that the victims intended to invest in the political process in their right to free speech, which is something so fundamentally essential that it is protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution.”