WASHINGTON (AP) — A political mystery that's intrigued Capitol Hill has been solved.
Dozens of web addresses implying U.S. senators were "for sale" were quietly and mysteriously purchased online.
The sales came amid heightened concerns that foreign agents - especially Russians - might try to meddle in forthcoming mid-term elections.
The responsible party was ... the Democrats. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee acknowledged to the Associated Press that it had quietly purchased the addresses.
A committee official said it was a routine campaign practice "to stop bad actors from getting them".