National Enquirer being sold to former newsstand mogul
NEW YORK (AP) — The National Enquirer is being sold to the former head of the airport newsstand company Hudson News following a rocky year in which the tabloid was accused of burying stories that...
WASHINGTON (AP) — From Ben Affleck and Susan Sarandon to Anna Wintour and Willie Nelson, celebrities lined up to give money — and a dash of star power — to their favorite Democratic presidential...
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic House members are continuing to raise money for their re-election campaigns.
Freshman Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Golden has reported raising roughly...
PHOENIX (AP) — Democrat Mark Kelly has more than $3 million in the bank for his U.S. Senate campaign, about the $1 million more than Republican incumbent Martha McSally.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A series of scandals surrounding Virginia's top Democrats has made it difficult for them to raise money in a key election year.
Omar raises $830K for re-election despite Trump backlash
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, who's engaged in an intensifying feud with President Donald Trump, has raised nearly $830,000 in the first quarter for her re-election campaign, according...
ATLANTA (AP) — The new director of Georgia's state ethics commission said he plans to subpoena bank records from Democrat Stacey Abrams' nationally watched but unsuccessful 2018 campaign for...
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards entered a three-month fundraising blackout for his reelection bid in a strong cash position, with the Democrat's campaign saying Tuesday...
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on fundraising in the Louisiana governor's race (all times local):
One of Gov. John Bel Edwards' Republican challengers says he'll have...
Out-of-state funding boosts Collins’ coffers
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Sen. Susan Collins has out-raised a liberal crowdfunding effort to unseat her, thanks to out-of-state donors, according to campaign finance reports recently filed...
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — State law forbids a lobbyist from giving to the campaigns of candidates for the Kentucky General Assembly. That way, lobbyists, whose job is to influence lawmaker decisions,...
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — In return for a promised $2 million payout, federal prosecutors say, the investor who has recently been North Carolina's biggest political donor wanted something from the...
Ex-mayoral assistant gets probation in bribery case
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An ex-assistant to the former mayor of an eastern Pennsylvania city has been sentenced to five years of probation in a bribery case.
Law: No mandatory disclosure of advocacy groups’ donors
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A new Mississippi law says government agencies may not require certain types of tax-exempt groups to disclose information about their donors.
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump still has to contend with state and federal investigators in New York, even though special counsel Robert Mueller has wrapped up his investigation with no...
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.
- Today's News-HeraldBetsy DeVos’ family boosts McSally’s 2020 campaign with $22K in contributions in 2019April 19, 2019
- Columbus TelegramWith final decision still to come, Sasse on course to build $6 million reelection campaign fundApril 16, 2019
- The News-TimesCampaign cash rolling in for Danbury mayoral raceApril 14, 2019
- WRAL-TVInsurance bill filed, then $40,000 in donations came from Lindberg and his associatesApril 10, 2019
ATLANTA (AP) — Former Georgia U.S. Rep. John Linder has been accused of improperly spending tens of thousands of dollars of leftover campaign donations on personal expenses.
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...
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi senators have passed a bill that says the government could not require disclosure of donors' names to certain types of tax-exempt groups involved in...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee legislative panel has spiked a bill allowing candidates to use their campaign funds to pay for child care.
Former lawmaker Atkinson pleads guilty to misusing $250K
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former Senate Majority Leader Kelvin Atkinson pleaded guilty Monday to wire fraud after admitting to taking about $250,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses, including...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Freshman New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and several of her allies were accused this week by a conservative group of improperly masking political spending during the 2018...
Senate passes bill on inaugural committee spending
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Future New Hampshire governors would face stricter campaign finance rules when it comes to their inaugural committees under a bill passed by the state Senate.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A nonprofit group that tracks campaign finance says spending by candidates and groups in Wisconsin's fall legislative contests hit a record $36 million in 2018.
PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge says former Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne and a former aide can continue with a wrongful prosecution lawsuit they filed against Yavapai County Attorney Sheila...
DA Larry Krasner settles campaign finance issue
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner has agreed to settle with the city's Board of Ethics over a campaign finance violation.
Guatemala court: Candidate remains immune from prosecution
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala's supreme court has decided presidential candidate Sandra Torres Casanova will keep her legal immunity in spite of prosecutors' allegations of possible illegal...
Providence city councilman files for bankruptcy
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Providence city councilman who is accused of embezzling and misspending campaign money has filed for bankruptcy.
Democratic City Councilman Luis Aponte filed for...
Kentucky approves mandatory electronic filing for candidates
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky legislature has passed a bill that would require candidates for public office to file their campaign finance reports electronically.
Ballot group spent record $24.7M fighting patient limits
BOSTON (AP) — A committee that opposed strict patient-to-nurse ratios in Massachusetts hospitals spent a record amount of money in its successful bid to defeat a ballot question last...
Arkansas grapples with ethics cleanup amid federal probes
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas has had its share of notable corruption cases over the years, including when the governor who succeeded Bill Clinton was convicted in a Whitewater-related probe...
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...
Bill to increase Idaho election finance transparency fails
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation intended to make more public who is donating to candidates and political causes in Idaho has been put on hold after a diverse array of nonprofit groups on Friday...
Felony count axed for 1st black woman elected Texas sheriff
ANAHUAC, Texas (AP) — A judge has thrown out a felony record-tampering indictment against the first black woman elected sheriff in Texas.
The Latest: Trump lawyer Cohen reschedules public testimony
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Michael Cohen's prison date (all times local):
President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, has rescheduled his public testimony...
Party of Brazil’s Bolsonaro investigated for transfers
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's justice minister says police will investigate reports that President Jair Bolsonaro's party gave money to so-called "front" candidates during last year's elections.
Justice Minister Sergio Moro made the comments Thursday, as questions mounted about irregular transfers.
Funding candidates with no chance of winning has historically been a way to get around campaign finance laws in Brazil, get kickbacks, or both.
Court ruling doesn’t stop untraceable election spending
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 100 outside groups spent over $50 million on "independent expenditure" ads during the closing months of last year's midterm election season. But only about 8 percent of them revealed information about the donors behind the ads, according to a new report.
Election panel won’t probe Bosma’s use of campaign funds
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A state election panel won't investigate Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma's use of campaign funds to collect information on a woman who says she performed oral sex on the married Republican lawmaker when she was a legislative intern in 1992.
Judge to release some info on FBI raid of Trump lawyer Cohen
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge confirmed in a court filing Thursday that federal prosecutors in New York are still investigating campaign finance crimes committed when President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid two women to stay silent about alleged affairs with Trump.
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.
Brazil’s Sergio Moro looks to overhaul crime fighting
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Justice Minister Sergio Moro presented an anti-crime bill Monday that seeks to toughen Brazil's approach to organized crime, corruption and violence.
Key measures include obligating convicts to begin serving their sentences after a first appeal is denied, categorizing militias and drug trafficking gangs as organized criminal groups and cracking down on illegal campaign finance.
McCready raising lots of money with eye toward new elections
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The trailing Democratic candidate in the country's last unresolved congressional race has raised lots of money with an eye toward possibly competing in new elections for a North Carolina seat.
Dan McCready's latest campaign finance report shows he raised $487,000 during the final five weeks of 2018, bringing the campaign's cash on hand to $338,000 at the new year.
Campaign cash paid Trump foe’s legal bills after #MeToo fall
NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman used nearly $340,000 in political campaign funds to pay the law firm that represented him during an investigation of allegations that he physically abused several women, according to campaign finance reports reviewed by The Associated Press.
The practice is legal, but reform activists say Schneiderman and other politicians are exploiting lax campaign finance rules.
Bills target money in politics, influence of lobbyists
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine lawmaker has proposed limiting the influence of lobbyists, restricting when former lawmakers can start lobbying and banning the use of political funds for personal profit.
With White House stung by Cohen accusation, Trump fires back
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump accused his former lawyer Michael Cohen of lying under pressure of prosecution Wednesday as his White House grappled with allegations that the president had orchestrated a campaign cover-up to buy the silence of two women who claimed he had affairs with them.
The Latest: Lawyer: Cohen has info for special counsel
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a financial fraud probe involving Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen (all times local):
Back-to-back legal blows in Trump circle jolt presidency
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump confronted one of the most perilous moments of his presidency Tuesday after two onetime members of his inner circle simultaneously were labeled "guilty" of criminal charges. Although Trump largely ignored the jarring back-to-back blows at a campaign rally in West Virginia, questions mounted about his possible legal exposure and political future.