Federal prosecutors say a veteran Democratic consultant and lobbyist gave “Christmas presents” to a high-ranking state official as part of a pay-to-play scheme that “attempted to reach the highest levels of state government.”
But an attorney for James Sullivan says the lobbyist is just being used by the state’s former No. 2 law enforcement officer to get a lighter sentence for his more serious crimes.
Sullivan is one of four people charged in a federal bribery investigation that has been ongoing since 2016. The case has already netted prison sentences for Larry O’Bryan and Sam McIntosh, two Democratic political consultants who prosecutors say orchestrated hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks in an effort to win lucrative state contracts for companies they represented.
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