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Indicted Hamilton councilman, Kesari, has lengthy list of traffic violations, ties to Delgaudio

Who is Dimitrios Kesari?

We've learned a lot looking into this question since Aug. 5, when Kesari, an elected member of Hamilton Town Council, was indicted and charged with violating federal campaign finance and election laws in Iowa.

Kesari, 49, was charged along with 37-year-old Jesse Benton of Kentucky and John M. Tate, 53, of Warrenton, with conspiracy, causing false records to obstruct a contemplated investigation, causing the submission of false campaign expense reports to the Federal Election Commission and engaging in a scheme to make false statements to the FEC.

Dimitri Kesari

Kesari was also individually charged with obstruction of justice.

The indictment relates to an alleged pay-for-support scheme the trio conducted while working for the Ron Paul presidential campaign in 2012.

The U.S. Department of Justice notes:
The defendants were members of a campaign for a candidate in the 2012 presidential election. According to allegations in the indictment, former Iowa State Senator Kent Sorenson initially supported one candidate in the 2012 presidential election, but between October and December 2011, secretly negotiated with the defendants to switch his support to their candidate in exchange for money.

On Dec. 28, 2011, at a political event in Des Moines, Iowa, Sorenson publicly announced his switch of support.

The payments to Sorenson were allegedly made in monthly installments of approximately $8,000 each and ultimately amounted to over $70,000. The indictment alleges that the defendants concealed the payments by causing them to be recorded – both in campaign accounting records and in FEC filings – as campaign-related audio-visual expenditures, and by causing them to be transmitted to a film production company and then to a second company that was controlled by Sorenson.

According to the indictment, the conspirators concealed their campaign’s payments to Sorenson from their candidate and also from the FEC, the FBI and the public.

The indictment further alleges that, in response to criticism of Sorenson’s change of support from one candidate to the other, the conspirators arranged for Sorenson to issue public statements denying allegations that he was offered money for his endorsement and noting that the campaign committee’s FEC filings would show that it made no payments to Sorenson."

Since news of the indictment, more alarming details about the Hamilton town councilman have surfaced, including:

-Kesari is reportedly also being investigated in relation to a July 2014 burglary in Rhode Island. That burglary, according to the blog Target Liberty, was a “well-orchestrated” crime and involved Kesari's former roommate on the Paul campaign, Jared Gamble. Gamble died in 2013 at the age of 26.

The Target Liberty blog report police in Rhode Island place Kesari in the state at the time of the break-in.

“The [July 2014] break-in appears to have been a very sophisticated operation that caused the parents of Gamble to be lured away, out of town, from their home. Gamble's laptop computer may have been taken during the break-in," the blog reports.

The Gloucester, R.I. police chief has not returned a call from earlier this week.

-Kesari is closely linked with Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling), according to multiple local Republicans.

Delgaudio nominated Kesari to be a member of the Loudoun Water Board of Directors, and this July the supervisor launched a legal defense fund to help Kesari. The supervisor said he was pledging $5,000 himself.

-Kesari has at least nine local traffic violations, according to the Loudoun County General District Courts online system. Those offenses range from speeding, including 63 mph in a 25 mph zone, failing to obtain registration and title and expired registration.

Hamilton Mayor David R. Simpson was surprised at the federal indictment, he said, adding the Kesari revelations have been the town chatter in the past week.

“Absolutely,” Simpson said. “In a town this size … Anything of this magnitude becomes the topic of conversation.”

Simpson said Kesari called him immediately after the councilman found out about the indictment, so the mayor wouldn't “be blindsided” by the news.

Personally, Simpson said, he doesn't know Kesari too well.

“I don't follow my council people's personal lives,” the mayor said.

A former law enforcement officer, Simpson said Kesari will remain on council until the indictment plays out in court.

“This is America,” he said. “You're innocent until proven guilty.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell and Special Agent in Charge David J. LeValley of the FBI's Washington Field Office announced Kesari's indictment.

“Federal campaign finance laws are intended to ensure the integrity and transparency of the federal election process,” Caldwell said in a prepared statement. “When political operatives make under-the-table payments to buy an elected official's political support, it undermines public confidence in our entire political system.”


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Comments


Kesari also donated to the LaRock campaign.By the way westLOUDOUNer, Kent Sorenson was charged and pled guilty to obstuction of justice and causing a federal campaign committee to falsely report expenditures. Sorenson’s sentencing has been delayed due to this larger investigation involving Kesari, Tate and Benton.Investigations take time to complete in the case of Benton, Kesari and Tate. Thankfully the statute of limitations hasn’t run out and we can be rid of these national politcal operatives. How Kesari drives is irrelevant apart from speaking to character, or his lack of one in living in a civilized society where the rules don’t apply to him. Charlie King, running for Loudoun County Supervisor is his lawyer, that alone should put a stake into the heart of that campaign.


Kesari has been a professional political bagman and behind the scenes dirty trick operative for years. His day job involves lobbying state to state to undermine worker’s rights. When does he possibly find the time to serve on a Town Council or water board? He’s just another political hack that needs to be put out of business once and for all. Designer Goldsmith, on whose account the check to Sorenson was written on, should also be shuttered under the RICO act.


bachmann outrage & kesari payoff - 3 yr old news - burglary coverup serious - not reported in conservative blogs

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I think “ties to Delguaudio” is the bigger crime against society and that should be the article’s lede…


Having fun now?  This story puts into perspective just how weird the republican party is getting.  I would like to note the following as well:  A blog site Bearing Drift is now running an article on a letter put out by a republican party of Virginia official demanding condemnation of a local republican blogger known as the Lovettsville Lady, who is described as an active Loudoun County republican.  Just where do Loudoun County republican candidates stand on all of this?


Six of those nine traffic violation happened 5 to 7 years ago.  Sorenson should be the one charged.

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