A Virginia political consultant pleaded guilty Thursday to illegally coordinating campaign contributions from a political action committee to a congressional candidate.
While there are limits on the amount an individual can contribute to a federal campaign, independent groups do not face the same restrictions. But federal law prohibits coordination between such groups and candidates themselves.
Tyler E. Harber of Alexandria, Va., was the campaign manager for Republican Chris Perkins, who ran unsuccessfully for
In his plea agreement, Harber admitted that he knew the collusion was illegal and that he had used an alias to conceal his actions, the Justice Department said.
"The Department of Justice is fully committed to addressing the threat posed to the integrity of federal primary and general elections by coordinated campaign contributions, and will aggressively pursue coordination offenses at every appropriate opportunity," said Assistant Atty. Gen. Leslie R. Caldwell.
Harber is to be sentenced June 5.