Ex-Giuliani Associate Is Sentenced to Prison in Campaign Finance Scheme

From the NYTimes:

When Lev Parnas was arrested in 2019, he was known mainly as a minor presence in Republican political circles: someone who traded on connections with allies of Donald J. Trump, including the president’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, to gain access to other Republican candidates.

But prosecutors say Mr. Parnas had broader — and illegal — aims: He conspired to funnel money from a Russian oligarch to candidates as part of an influence-buying scheme to benefit a cannabis business, according to charges that led to his conviction last year on campaign finance offenses.

On Wednesday Judge J. Paul Oetken of Federal District Court in Manhattan sentenced Mr. Parnas to 20 months in prison.

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