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Jeff Smith
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Missouri, United States of America
Missouri, United States of America

Ex-Senator Jeff Smith: campaign lie landed me in jail

Published on : 15 November 2011 - 4:31pm | By The State We're In . (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
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Jeff Smith was a state senator and a squeaky clean underdog candidate for Congress. But a small campaign lie turned into a federal investigation, and Jeff was sent to prison.

He later discovered that his best friend was secretly recording their conversations for the investigators. Jeff talks about his outsider status in prison, his new job as a college professor and blogger - and how his trust in others has been permanently dented.

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Taken from the latest edition of The State We're In - Faking It.

View a documentary on Jeff’s story: Snag Films - Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore? (USA only).

Jeff Smith's article in the blog “The Recovering Politician”.

  • Jeff Smith and his wife Teresa<br>&copy; Photo: RNW -
  • Jeff Smith&#039;s prison buddies The Warehouse Crew<br>&copy; Photo: RNW -


Anonymous 28 August 2013 - 4:37pm / Canada

Lying about pretext to war, many young people getting killed was fine, but this was worse?

Anonymous mouse 29 March 2013 - 12:36am / canada

Jeff Smith was a great hope for a decent future, but alas, there is no room for good guys in politics, so he was forced out in such a manner that he would never dare to enter the arena again. So what if his aides paid a group to publish the truth? I don't care that it broke a law, it was not slander, it was truth. Russ Carnahan was a complete joke! He missed over 80% of the votes, and is just another example of the nepotism that has polluted government time and time again. Mr.Smith should have just changed his last name to Bush or Kennedy before running and then he never would have had to lower himself to such measures in his attempt for election (which he lost that year anyways). My heart goes out to Mr.Smith for all he had to go through, and to the people of the USA who lost a politician who actually had the people's interest in mind, and not the corporation's.

Anonymous 6 June 2012 - 4:16am / USA

I fully support Jeff Smith. I hope he runs for office again, and, if I live where he runs, I will definitely vote for him. He is a good guy who has great ideas and has shown he can make things happen. The fact that he was trying to downplay a rule he broke, that's stupid in the first place, should in no way be held against him. He is a better man than most in politics. And why did the police go after him anyway? Didn't they have a crazy man planting bombs in people's cars to worry about...?

keinnada 16 November 2011 - 1:53am / Canada

A false affidavit is not a 'small' lie. And Mr. Smith's trust in others has been dented? For me, he would be yet another politician who has dented the trust of all politicians. His story confirms general feelings everywhere about politicians. He was a naughty boy.

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