Bush Fundraiser Goes to Jail

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.