The Toledo Blade reports that Thomas Noe was convicted of conspiring to violate federal campaign laws. He was sentenced to 27 months in prison and will pay $136,200 in fines. Noe achieved “Pioneer” status (raising over $100,000 for Bush) by giving cash to friends and associates, who in turn paid to attend a high-priced lunch.
Before sentencing, Noe said, “…I was pressured by Bush-Cheney campaign officials to become a pioneer for George Bush” and “I knew it was wrong.”
The RNC said it would return the money if authorities ordered it to do so.