Clinton supporter gets 2 years for funneling cash

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Associated Press

Posted on May 31, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Updated Friday, May 31 at 7:07 PM

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A northern Virginia businessman has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for illegally funneling nearly $200,000 to Hillary Clinton's political campaigns in 2006 and 2008.

Fifty-one-year-old William Danielczyk (DANN'-yuhl-chek) of Oakton pleaded guilty in February to violating campaign-finance laws by reimbursing employees of his company, Galen Capital, for contributions they made to Clinton's Senate and presidential campaigns. There are no allegations Clinton or her campaign acted improperly.

At a sentencing hearing Friday, prosecutors sought the five-year maximum. Danielczyk's lawyers argued that similar violations have received probation.

A co-defendant, 78-year-old Eugene Biagi, who is a former Galen executive, was sentenced to probation on Friday.

The scheme was first exposed more than five years ago by The Wall Street Journal.

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