Rob McCord Pleads Guilty to Extortion

Will he cooperate with authorities in an ongoing investigation?

Photo | Matt Slocum, AP

Photo Credit: Matt Slocum, AP

Ex-Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord pleaded guilty Tuesday to attempting to extort campaign contributions during his 2014 campaign for governor.

This comes as no surprise: McCord admitted in a video last month that he tried to strong-arm two potential donors, telling them he could make it difficult for them to obtain state contracts if they did not give money to his campaign.

In the same video, McCord resigned from his position as state treasurer effective immediately. He had announced previously that he would step down in February, but pushed up the timetable following reports that he was being investigated by the feds.

McCord is now awaiting sentencing by U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III for two counts of extortion.

It is unclear whether McCord is cooperating with authorities in their ongoing investigation. His attorney Robert Welsh did not immediately respond to a request for comment.