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Sorenson Pleads Guilty

DES MOINES, IA (AP) -- A former Iowa lawmaker has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from his switch of support from one Republican presidential candidate to another before the 2012 caucus.

The U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday that former state Sen. Kent Sorenson received "under-the-table payments" when he changed loyalties in the campaign's closing days. Prosecutors didn't say which campaign paid him.

Sorenson was state chairman for U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's campaign beginning in June 2011. He admitted receiving and lying about monthly payments of roughly $8,000 from another campaign from October to December 2011. Six days before the January caucuses, Sorenson declared his support for then-U.S. Rep. Ron Paul.

Sorenson pleaded guilty to causing a campaign to falsely report expenditures and obstruction.

Sorenson, and representatives for Paul and Bachmann didn't immediately return messages.

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