HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Disgraced ex-Pennsylvania state treasurer Rob McCord was forced to acknowledge Monday in federal court that he had abused his office’s powers to try to reward campaign contributors in more ways than previously revealed by prosecutors in McCord’s extortion case two years ago.
The revelations came as a prosecutor confronted McCord in the trial of a wealthy investment adviser, Richard Ireland, who is accused of trying to bribe McCord with campaign contributions.
The admissions were eye-opening, since a prosecutor forced them from a cooperating witness, McCord, who resigned as Pennsylvania’s elected treasurer two years ago after being ensnared in the FBI’s wide-ranging pay-to-play investigation of Pennsylvania state government.
McCord, 58, was testifying for the fourth and final day in Ireland’s trial, during which jurors listened to hours of Ireland’s conversations secretly recorded by McCord for the FBI in his final weeks as treasurer.
Under questioning by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Consiglio, McCord acknowledged that he had taken various steps or made various offers to help campaign contributors, or potential contributors, violating the law.
That included awarding a $50 million investment contract to a campaign donor who hid their connection to the contribution by giving through a third party. It also included promising to help a donor’s son network in the investment world and potentially land a state investment contract, and offering to slow down a state payment to the competitor of a donor.
“I abused the treasurer’s power, more than once,”…
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