Russell Adler pleads guilty to violating campaign finance laws

Partner in convicted Ponzi schemer's law firm helped orchestrate funds to McCain, Crist campaigns

By Associated Press , Bob Norman - Investigative Reporter

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A former law partner of convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein has pleaded guilty to charges of violating federal campaign finance laws.

The plea came Friday by Russell Adler, 52, at a brief hearing in Fort Lauderdale federal court.

Adler helped orchestrate thousands of dollars in bundled contributions from the now-defunct Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler law firm's employees and attorneys to John McCain's 2008 campaign for president and former Gov. Charlie Crist's U.S. Senate bid in 2010. The contributions were illegally reimbursed by the law firm.

"I have no comment," Adler told Local 10's Bob Norman as he left the courthouse Friday morning.

Adler faces a maximum five years in prison at a June 27 sentencing hearing.

Rothstein is serving 50 years behind bars for a $1.2 billion scam involving investments in fake legal settlements.

Adler becomes the 17th person convicted in connection with Rothstein's Ponzi scheme.

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