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Political operative Steve Pigeon could soon be heading to prison after guilty plea

Posted: 4:01 PM, Oct 09, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-10 03:53:06-04
Political operative Steve Pigeon could soon be heading to prison after guilty plea

Former political operative Steve Pigeon may soon be behind bars.

The former Erie County Democratic chair pleaded guilty Tuesday to making an illegal campaign contribution to Governor Andrew Cuomo.  The $25,000 donation was made during the Governor's re-election campaign in 2014. 

As part of the plea, 58-year-old Pigeon admitted that while working as a political consultant and lobbyist he conspired to cause a foreign donation in a state election, violating federal law.

"Steve Pigeon undermined the transparency and integrity of the electoral process by funneling foreign money into a campaign", said Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski.

Pigeon's plea comes two weeks after he pleaded guilty to bribing a judge.

Pigeon is set to be sentenced on January 25.

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