DES MOINES, Iowa -- Will a former state senator's actions damage the reputation of the Iowa caucuses?
Wednesday Kent Sorenson pleaded guilty to one count of causing a federal campaign committee to falsely report its expenditures to the Federal Election Commission and one count of obstruction of justice in connection with the concealed expenditures. Sorenson admitted to taking money to support Michele Bachmann's campaign.
Then he took thousands more to change his support to Ron Paul's campaign.
He could spend up to 25 years in prison in the case.
One prominent Iowa Republican says Sorenson will get what he deserves but it shouldn't hurt Iowa's reputation.
“What he did was not only illegal and immoral. It was incomprehensible to switch at the last minute, taking money under the table. I think it's good the prosecution got to this point. It's good that he pled guilty. I hope he gets his punishment and that helps remove the stain from the caucuses,” says David Kochel with Redwave Digital.
Kochel believes the caucuses’ reputation could be restored because people feel Sorenson has been punished, especially if turns on the people who illegally paid him from the Bachmann and Paul campaigns.