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North Carolina Lawyer Sentenced to Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Wisconsin

United States Attorney Gregory J. Haanstad announced that on December 15, 2023, Jack Daly (age: 51) was sentenced to 4 months’ imprisonment for conspiring to (i) commit mail fraud and (ii) lie to the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”). Daly’s term of imprisonment will be followed by two years of supervised release, and he will also pay a $20,000 fine, along with two separate payments of $69,978.37 for restitution and forfeiture.

Publicly filed documents in the case reflect that Daly and his co-conspirator Nathanael Pendley—both lawyers—operated a political action committee (the “Draft PAC”) that solicited donations by promising donors their money would be used to convince David Clarke, Jr., the former Sheriff of Milwaukee County, to campaign for a seat in the United States Senate. Over the relevant period, the Draft PAC raised over $1.6 million. Most of this money was spent on additional fundraising to benefit Daly and Pendley, not genuine efforts to convince Clarke to run for office. 

Court documents indicate that in their solicitations to small-dollar donors, Daly and Pendley falsely suggested that Clarke was still likely to run for the Senate, even after Clarke’s explicit public statement to the contrary. In communications with both Clarke and the FEC, Daly and Pendley also falsely represented that Daly was no longer responsible for the Draft PAC’s operation. 

According to court records, Daly targeted vulnerable victims, including a woman with Alzheimer’s and elderly veterans. One 96-year-old victim, who “lived alone on a very limited income,” noted that Daly and Pendley were “con artists” who “should be punished” because “they scammed many working people,” instead of “using their education to help” others.

When imposing sentence, United States District Court Judge J.P. Stadtmueller observed that Daly’s behavior “crosses the line with affirmative actions that tended to mask the true facts” surrounding Clarke’s intentions. Judge Stadtmueller also noted Daly’s “level of experience” as both a fundraiser and lawyer in explaining the sentence.

“At its core, this was a straightforward fraud case,” said U.S. Attorney Haanstad.  “The evidence in this case was clear:  Mr. Daly lied to obtain money that he used for his own benefit.  I commend everyone who worked together to seek justice for the victims of this scheme.”

“Using a political action committee, also known as a PAC, to fraudulently solicit donations for personal gain is a serious offense,” said Special Agent in Charge Michael E. Hensle. “Such actions undermine the integrity of the political process and erode public trust. Jack Daly and Nathanael Pendley used former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke’s name to victimize thousands of individuals who thought they were making legitimate contributions. The FBI will continue to utilize all available resources, and work with our partners to identify, pursue, and bring offenders to face justice.”

Pendley is set for sentencing before Judge Stadtmueller on December 28, 2023.

This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Kevin Knight and Benjamin Taibleson.

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Updated December 15, 2023