Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 12.14.06 PMThe free market strikes again!

A former Iowa state senator has pled guilty to receiving (and concealing) a $73,000 payment from Ron Paul, Silicon Valley’s favorite libertarian, to switch his support away from Michele Bachmann in the last presidential election.

Kent Sorenson originally explained his sudden change of heart came because Ron Paul was “the most conservative [candidate] of this group.”  Which is true, if you take “conservative” to mean “most willing to drop 73 grand.”

It’s unclear if, when making an absolute mockery of the democratic process, Ron Paul paid Sorenson’s bribe in evil fiat currency, gold bars, or bitcoin. Either way, true to his new candidate’s principals, Sorenson decided the evil federal government — in the form of the Federal Election Commission — had no business snooping about in his financial affairs. Unfortunately, the FEC saw things slightly differently.

According to Courthouse News:

 Kent Sorenson, 42, of Milo, Iowa, pleaded guilty Wednesday to causing a federal campaign committee to falsely report its expenditures to the Federal Election Commission and obstruction of justice in connection with the concealed expenditures.

He faces up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine on the first count and up to 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine on the second, according to the plea agreement in Des Moines Federal Court.

Here’s the plea deal:

Us v Sorenson