NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee senators have voted to double several campaign contribution limits.
The Senate voted Thursday for Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey's bill. It still needs House...
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Landry took a Citigroup campaign contribution despite objecting to Louisiana doing business with the banking giant because of its gun...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Officials at a Missouri nonprofit organization accused of bribing Arkansas lawmakers also illegally used the charity's money to funnel campaign contributions to Missouri...
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards may be sitting on millions more in campaign donations than his Republican competitors, but he'll soon be hamstrung in soliciting donations...
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on charges that North Carolina's Republican Party chairman and a major donor sought to bribe the state's top insurance regulator to secure special treatment (all...
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The chairman of North Carolina's Republican Party, an insurance magnate and two of his associates are facing federal charges for a plan to shower the state's top insurance...
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has approved a bill raising campaign contribution limits in West Virginia political races.
BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey planned to donate campaign contributions he received from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who is charged with soliciting prostitution in Florida, to...
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former North Carolina state lawmaker was indicted Monday on charges of filing false campaign statements and his ex-campaign treasurer faces a related charge.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Clark County commissioners on Friday selected a retired fire inspector to fill the legislative opening left vacant by a former state senator who resigned in scandal and...
Campaign finance could be on 2020 ballot in Oregon
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Months after a governor's race that shattered state fundraising records, Oregon lawmakers want to rein in rampant spending from large donors and political action...
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said Wednesday he's backing state legislation that aims to prevent foreign money from influencing state elections by closing a loophole created by...
McSally refunds $120,000 of excessive contributions
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Sen. Martha McSally has refunded more than $120,000 in excess campaign contributions after the Federal Election Commission asked her campaign to explain...
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Democrat-controlled state Senate has approved legislation aimed at the "pay-to-play" system linked to recent major corruption scandals in New York politics.
Ex-Gov. Greitens subpoenaed in open records dispute
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Former Gov. Eric Greitens has been subpoenaed in an open records lawsuit filed by a Democratic candidate for Missouri attorney general seeking records concerning...
Utah Legislature approves using campaign funds for childcare
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Legislature has passed a plan to allow political candidates and elected officials to pay for child care with campaign contributions.
The Tuesday vote sends the bill to Republican Gov. Gary Hebert. It comes as a number of states weigh the question following a record-setting year for women running for office.
Trial of ex-lawmaker charged in bribery scheme delayed
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The trial of a former Arkansas lawmaker accused of conspiring to bribe a judge who acknowledged lowering a jury's award in a negligence lawsuit in exchange for campaign contributions has been delayed until October.
Missouri House passes bill on closing public records
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A bill that one lawmaker said would mean "the most radical undermining of open records and transparency law in state history" passed the Missouri House on Thursday.
But the bill's sponsor said he'll work to tamp down the most contested part of the bill , which also imposes campaign contribution caps on local candidates and applies other ethics restrictions to local officeholders.
Bevin running mate mentioned in Medicare fraud lawsuit
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Republican candidate for lieutenant governor in Kentucky was one of a dozen doctors federal authorities said received improper gifts from a home health agency.
Proposal would lower union campaign contribution limit
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts campaign finance regulators are considering lowering the amount a labor union can contribute to a political candidate.
Unions can currently donate up to $15,000 to a candidate annually. The Office of Campaign and Political Finance wants to lower that to $1,000.
That would match the amount that an individual can contribute per year. The move would also limit annual contributions to a political action committee at $500 and to a political party at $5,000.
Report: Interest groups, out-of-state donors give most cash
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah state lawmakers received most of their campaign contributions from special interests and out-of-state donors, raising questions about the influence of big money donors on public policy.
Incoming legislators received a total of $3.54 million in donations last year, about triple the amount they received in 2017, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.
FEC flags Arizona senator for excessive campaign donations
WASHINGTON (AP) — Arizona Sen. Martha McSally, whose fundraising practices have drawn scrutiny in the past, appears to have accepted more than $270,000 in excessive campaign contributions during the recent midterm campaign, according to the Federal Election Commission.
Federal candidates can collect $2,700 from a single donor during a primary election, followed by an additional $2,700 from the same person during the general election.
Northam’s push to limit campaign contributions fails
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's proposal to put new limits on campaign contributions is finding little love in the General Assembly.
A Senate panel killed a Northam-backed bill Tuesday to limit contributions with the help of Northam's fellow Democrats.
Northam said before the session started that lawmakers should put a $10,000 limit on campaign contributions and bar donations from corporations. The governor said the measures would help promote better government.
Former Arkansas lawmaker pleads not guilty in bribery scheme
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A former Arkansas lawmaker pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges he conspired to bribe an ex-judge who admitted lowering a jury's award in a negligence lawsuit in exchange for campaign contributions.
Justices leave in place Montana campaign contribution limits
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left in place Montana's voter-approved limits on contributions to political campaigns in state elections, a decision that likely ends a legal challenge that lasted more than seven years and disrupted the 2012 governor's race.
The Latest: Montana governor applauds Supreme Court decision
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on Montana's campaign contribution limits (all times local):
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is calling the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to leave Montana's campaign contribution limits in place a big deal.
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal seeking to strike down caps on contributions to political campaigns in state elections, including to candidates for governor, other statewide offices and the Legislature.
Justices leave in place Montana campaign contribution limits
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is leaving in place Montana's limits on contributions to political campaigns.
The justices on Monday rejected an appeal from opponents of contribution limits. They wanted the court to review an appellate ruling that held the limits are a reasonable way to try to prevent corruption and still allow candidates to raise enough money to run a campaign.
Former Arkansas lawmaker charged in scheme to bribe judge
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A former Arkansas lawmaker has been charged with conspiracy in an alleged bribery scheme with an ex-judge who admitted to lowering a jury's award in a negligence lawsuit in exchange for campaign contributions.
Missouri Ethics Commission fines aldermanic president
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The president of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen has been fined $10,950 for failing to report eight campaign contributions during his unsuccessful bid for mayor in 2017.
Richmond mayor won’t say no to Dominion contributions
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney says he will continue to accept campaign contributions from Dominion Energy, a stance that puts him at odds with other prominent Democrats.
Herring won’t take Dominion money for 2021 gubernatorial run
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's attorney general has announced that he will no longer take campaign contributions from state-regulated monopolies or their key executives and lobbyists ahead of his run for governor.
MLB to vet campaign contributions more carefully
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball will put in place new procedures for vetting political contributions after giving $5,000 to Cindy Hyde-Smith, a Republican senator from Mississippi, and then asking for the money back following her controversial remarks.
Appeals court ruling mixed on Alaska campaign finance laws
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A divided federal appeals court panel ruled Tuesday that Alaska's cap on total contributions that candidates can receive from nonresidents is unconstitutional.
However, the three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld other campaign contribution limits that it said were tailored to prevent corruption or the appearance of corruption.
Outdoor retailers say 1st foray into elections was success
DENVER (AP) — An outdoor industry retailers group says its first venture into electoral politics was a success.
The political director of the Outdoor Industry Association, Alex Boian (BOY'-an), said Thursday the group endorsed 23 candidates for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House or governor in the mid-term elections, and 20 won.
The association also made campaign contributions through its political action committee but the amounts weren't immediately available.
Democrat, a Mennonite, turns heads in heavily GOP House seat
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Voters in the heart of Pennsylvania's rolling dairy farms and Amish countryside have rarely seen a Democrat mount a competitive campaign for Congress — until now.
From all appearances, first-time candidate Jess King is giving freshman Republican U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker a fight to the finish in Tuesday's midterm election in this heavily conservative district on Pennsylvania's southern border.
AP: Political money in state-level campaigns exceeds $2B
The story of money in politics doesn't stop with spending on races for Congress.
Candidates for governor, legislature and other state offices this year have brought in $2.2 billion in campaign contributions — nearly matching the combined total of $2.4 billion for candidates for the U.S. House and Senate.
That makes this year among the most expensive ever in state-level politics, and the total will only grow in the final stretch before Tuesday's election.
Kelly leads Kobach in campaign contributions by nearly $1M
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic state Sen. Laura Kelly has raised $900,000 more than Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach since the end of July in the tight governor's race.
Board: N Carolina lawmaker didn’t disclose $140K in activity
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's elections board sent to prosecutors Wednesday the case of a state House member whom investigators allege failed to report over $140,000 in campaign contributions expenditures over several years.
The elections panel voted unanimously to send their findings involving Democratic Rep. Rodney Moore of Charlotte and his campaign to the Mecklenburg County district attorney for possible charges.
Peruvian police arrest 2 Fujimori allies during protest
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Authorities have arrested two more key allies of imprisoned Peruvian opposition leader Keiko Fujimori, who is accused of hiding illegal campaign contributions from a Brazilian construction company.
Pier Figari and Ana Herz were detained while marching with about 1,500 people who were demanding the release of Fujimori and several other members of her Popular Force party on Monday.
Analysis: State’s high court candidates raised nearly $900K
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A government watchdog's analysis finds candidates for the Ohio Supreme Court have raised nearly $900,000 this year.
The review of campaign contributions by Common Cause Ohio looked at the court's two November races, which include an open seat and an appointed incumbent's first high court election.
Catherine Turcer is Common Cause Ohio's executive director. She says the court should strengthen rules allowing justices to take themselves off cases that involve contributors.
Rosen raises $7.1M for Nevada Senate campaign against Heller
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen of Nevada has raised $7.1 million in campaign contributions over the last three months as she tries to unseat Republican Sen. Dean Heller.
Rosen's campaign announced details Monday of her fundraising from July through September.
Her quarterly fundraising haul is double what she brought in from April through June in one of the closest Senate battles in the country.
Siegelman urges ethics action over Marshall contributions
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's Democratic candidate for attorney general on Friday urged the state Ethics Commission to review $735,000 in campaign contributions to Attorney General Steve Marshall that he believes violated the state ban on transfers between political action committees.
Siegelman urges ethics action over Marshall contributions
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Democratic candidate for attorney general is urging the state Ethics Commission to review campaign contributions he says Attorney General Steve Marshall illegally received from a national Republican group.
Joe Siegelman in a Thursday letter to commission members argued the $735,000 from a group affiliated with the Republican Attorneys General violate a state ban on transfers between political action committees.
Ethics panel: Reynolds OK to take 9 rides on private jets
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds did nothing wrong in accepting nine rides on private jets in the last 14 months, a state ethics board said Thursday, concluding they were legitimate in-kind campaign contributions allowable under Iowa's gift law.
Records: Medicaid vendors also contributed to Iowa Democrats
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The head of the Iowa Democratic Party has criticized Gov. Kim Reynolds for taking campaign contributions from a company that provides Medicaid services under the state's privatized health care system, but records show two Democratic leaders in the Legislature also accepted money from such companies.
Reynolds faulted for Medicaid vendor campaign donations
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Democrats are accusing Gov. Kim Reynolds of a "pay for play" arrangement by accepting campaign contributions from a company that provides Medicaid services under Iowa's privatized health care program for poor and disabled residents.
US appeals court upholds Illinois campaign finance limits
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld Illinois' campaign contribution limits.
The 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the limits set in a 2009 law do not violate First Amendment free-speech rights .
New Mexico candidates report on fundraising efforts
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Democratic candidate for governor of New Mexico says she has raised an additional $1.9 million in campaign funds since July 1.
Congresswoman and gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday said her campaign has about $1.3 million in cash on hand amid a spree of spending on television advertising ahead of the November general election. Complete campaign-finance filings were not immediately available.
Conservation group takes aim at GOP candidate for governor
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A political fund for environmental conservation causes in New Mexico plans to devote $500,000 to highlighting financial ties between Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce's and the oil and natural gas industries, starting with local television ads this week.