NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign asked a judge Tuesday to penalize the Democratic National Committee for alleging in a lawsuit a conspiracy between...
City commissioners settle public safety center lawsuit
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Bozeman commissioners have settled a lawsuit accusing city officials of breaking campaign laws in the lead up to last year's elections.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A GOP fundraiser and former congressional candidate from Rhode Island has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and violating campaign law for using more than $1 million of the...
GOP fundraiser admits fraud; accused of spending on escorts
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A GOP fundraiser and former congressional candidate from Rhode Island has agreed to plead guilty to wire fraud and violating campaign law after prosecutors say he used more...
Attorney: Man at center of ballot controversy broke no laws
BLADENBORO, N.C. (AP) — The attorney for a man at the center of a controversy in a disputed North Carolina congressional race said he hasn't broken any campaign laws and ongoing investigations will prove it.
Connecticut mayor fined for campaign law violation
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut mayor has been fined $500 for violating campaign law during her re-election bid.
The state Elections Enforcement Commission ruled Tuesday that a brochure from New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart included with motor vehicle tax bills last year violated state election law because it was too similar to a campaign mailing.
New member of Congress admits he may have broken law
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A newly-elected member of Congress is acknowledging that he may have violated federal campaign finance laws.
The Tampa Bay Times reported that former state legislator Ross Spano put out a news release on Saturday where he said that he borrowed $185,000 from two people this year and then lent his campaign $167,000 during the same time period.
Pfizer PAC agrees to $40K settlement on political donations
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A political action committee for employees of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has agreed to pay about $40,000 to the state after elections officials say it violated campaign laws by making donations during General Assembly sessions.
The state elections board agreed Wednesday to the settlement with the Pfizer Inc. PAC.
Mining initiative foes accused of taking foreign donations
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Backers of a Montana citizen's initiative that would add new mining regulations say a foreign-owned company is illegally bankrolling an industry campaign against the proposal.
In a complaint filed Tuesday with the Federal Election Commission, sponsors of Initiative 186 alleged campaign law violations by the Montana Mining Association, Sandfire Resources Inc. and others.
Chappelle-Nadal fined $15K for violating campaign law
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal has been fined $15,000 for violating federal campaign law in her 2016 primary challenge of U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Democrats are accusing the Montana Republican Party of violating state campaign law by failing to report work done on behalf of candidates during the 2016 election.
Commissioner of Political Practices Jeff Mangan said Friday he's accepted a complaint over the matter filed earlier this week. Managain is asking the Republican Party to respond within 30 days.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's commissioner of political practices said Friday that the Green Party violated campaign laws by failing to report the cost of signatures gathered by a political consultant to qualify the party for the ballot.
Commissioner Jeffrey Mangan said he was ordering Montana Green Party officials to disclose by August 24 who paid for more than 9,400 signatures gathered by consultant Advanced Micro Targeting Inc. and how much it cost.
PHOENIX (AP) — A judge is being asked to kick a Democratic congressional candidate off the Aug. 28 primary ballot because opponents say she filed false information about where she lives.
A lawsuit filed by three Arizona voters doesn't challenge Ann Kirkpatrick's residency itself because the law says she merely has to be a state resident and not live in the district where she is running. Instead, they argue Kirkpatrick broke a campaign law by providing false information on campaign documents.
Democrats accuse company of illegal signature gathering
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Democratic Party is accusing a company of breaking state campaign laws by gathering signatures for a petition that qualified the Green Party for this year's elections.
The complaint filed Thursday to the state commissioner of political practices against Advanced Micro Targeting Inc. says the Las Vegas-based company conducted electioneering work without the proper reporting or disclosures.
OLYMPIA – Washington will attempt to add more voices to “the chorus of democracy” with a series of laws that will make it easier to register to vote, encourage teens to pre-register and provide more information on campaign contributions from non-profit groups.
Surrounded by legislators, election officials and students from Foster High School in Tukwila, Gov. Jay Inslee signed five bills from the recent session that make Washington one of the most progressive states for voter access.
HARTFORD — Former State Sen. Ernie Newton on Wednesday asked the state Supreme Court for a chance to overturn his 2012 conviction for violating campaign laws.
Mark Rademacher, a public defender representing Newton, told the court that the colorful Bridgeport politician did not "knowingly and willfully" commit a crime during his failed election bid, and that jurors at his trial were not told he had to know he was violating the law in order to convict him.
It’s always great to see Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim in a federal courtroom. It seems so ... natural.
So there he was in Hartford the other day, a former lawyer, back in the saddle with the troubles of the state’s largest city weighing lightly on the double vents of his suit jacket. For a while Ganim looked relaxed. I mean, it wasn’t as if he was heading back behind bars.
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Group: Zinke campaign’s RV sale to friend broke campaign law
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A political watchdog organization accused the dormant congressional campaign of U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Monday of skirting contribution laws when it sold a motor home to a friend of Zinke at a steep discount.
Investigation finds ex-AG Tom Horne violated campaign laws
PHOENIX (AP) — A three-year investigation of former Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne found he illegally used his office staff to work on his failed 2014 re-election effort but that no criminal charges are warranted and he won't have to pay back additional money.
Little Rock officials ask panel to reconsider rule review
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Little Rock officials are requesting that a state ethics panel reconsider examining how a city election rule fits within Arkansas campaign law.
The Arkansas Ethics Commission has 90 days from receiving the request to issue a response, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported .
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's top legislative leaders have formed a working group to study possible changes to the state's campaign finance laws.
House Speaker Scott Bedke and Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill announced Friday they want the group to find ways to increase transparency in the timing and reporting of campaign activity surrounding candidates, political action committees and lobbyists.
Justices won’t hear challenge to Alabama campaign law
WASHINGTON (AP) — The US Supreme Court on Monday said it won't hear a challenge to Alabama's ban on the transfer of campaign contributions between political action committees.
The justices left in place a lower court ruling that said the 2010 law does not unconstitutionally restrict political speech.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers on Thursday confirmed "one of our own," as one senator put it, as the next commissioner in charge of making sure they follow campaign laws and of enforcing any violations they commit.
In a whirlwind 24 hours, former Democratic legislator Jeff Mangan was appointed by Gov. Steve Bullock, coasted through a Senate committee hearing and was confirmed as commissioner of political practices on a 48-1 vote.
A city committee on Wednesday found a group backing a proposed tax on sugary beverages in Santa Fe violated city campaign law and reprimanded the organization, Pre-K for Santa Fe.
The Ethics and Campaign Review Board also found the conservative Rio Grande Foundation, which opposes the tax, may have violated city code by failing to file a campaign finance report.
A political committee working for passage of a proposed city tax on sugary drinks to fund preschool programs in the Santa Fe area filed a document Thursday waiving a hearing on a complaint alleging the group violated a city campaign law.
Alabama governor resigns, pleads guilty to misdemeanors
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley resigned Monday rather than face impeachment and pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor campaign violations that arose during an investigation of his alleged affair with a top aide.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley won a court fight Friday to halt his looming impeachment hearings, but couldn't prevent the release of an investigative report that describes his paranoia and obsession over trying to keep his romance with a staffer from becoming public.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley made a last-ditch attempt to stop proceedings that could lead to his impeachment and calls for his resignation grew Friday, with the House speaker warning that continuing a sex-tinged scandal would drag the state through "a long, painful and embarrassing journey whose ending is likely known."
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The wealthy front-runner in the state's Democratic primary for governor should be punished for setting up political groups before officially entering the contest, two of his rivals said Thursday, with one of them citing emails stolen from Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign chairman as proof of a campaign law violation.
Election watchdogs seek to curb special-interest dollars in state races
Election watchdogs are trying to shut a back door in Connecticut’s clean campaign law that allows banned state contractors and lobbyists to give money to candidates for state office, including governor.
But the proposed rules change by the state Elections Enforcement Commission has the major parties at loggerheads, with Republicans saying it wouldn’t be necessary if Democrats obeyed the law and Democrats accusing Republicans of obstructing efforts to improve compliance.
Just days before an election in which Santa Fe school district voters will decide whether to approve or reject a $100 million general obligation bond to help upgrade and renovate public school facilities around the city, many residents reported receiving an anonymous campaign mailer urging them to vote no.
Lawmaker seeks to dismantle political practices office
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana lawmaker proposed Friday to dismantle the independent office that regulates and enforces the state's campaign, ethics and lobbying laws and turn those duties over to elected officials.
Rep. Derek Skees, R-Kalispell, said the Office of the Commissioner of Political Practices has grown too partisan in recent years and is too powerful by allowing the commissioner to be prosecutor, judge and jury over allegations of campaign violations.
Daugaard signs law killing voter-approved ethics regulations
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed into law a measure that kills new ethics regulations that South Dakota voters imposed in November.
The Republican governor called the voter initiative unconstitutional in a statement Thursday. He promised to work with legislators on substitute bills to strengthen ethics and campaign laws.
The ballot initiative created an ethics commission and public campaign funding and would have set strict limitations on lobbyist gifts to lawmakers.
House ethics to continue probe of Indiana lawmaker
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics panel is continuing an official investigation into Indiana Republican Rep. Marlin Stutzman.
The panel made the announcement Tuesday when it issued a report from the separate and independent Office of Congressional Ethics. The August report says there is "substantial reason to believe" that Stutzman used campaign funds to pay for a personal family trip to California.
Secretary of State: Idaho GOP did not violate campaign laws
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Secretary of State's office said Monday that the Idaho Republican Party did not violate the state's campaign laws while creating a political attack ad against House Minority Leader John Rusche.
Trump campaign alleges early-voting violations in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Donald Trump campaign officials on Tuesday alleged "egregious violations" of early-voting rules at four locations in Las Vegas, where Clark County officials acknowledged voters kept casting ballots past posted closing times.
But after a pointed exchange with a state court judge, a lawyer for the campaign lost a bid to get a court order to separate and impound the ballots cast at those locations, and to preserve records including the names of poll workers.
Monday was a sunshine day in Montana. A U.S. District Court judge in Missoula upheld the constitutionality of the state’s campaign finance disclosure laws.
Idaho Democrats allege in complaint GOP broke campaign laws
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Democratic Party filed a complaint Friday with the Secretary of State's office claiming that an official inside the Idaho Republican Party violated the state's campaign laws.
According to the complaint submitted, Idaho Republican Party Executive Director David Johnston coordinated with GOP candidate Mike Kingsley's campaign in creating a political attack ad against House Minority Leader John Rusche using funds from an independent expenditure.
Motl dismisses complaint by state employee over Gianforte campaign calls
HELENA — On Thursday the state’s top campaign cop dismissed a complaint filed by a state employee who was called on her work phone by the campaign for Republican candidate for governor Greg Gianforte.
On Monday a Missoula resident, Suzin Kratina, filed a complaint against the Gianforte campaign, saying it violated campaign laws by calling her at work. Kratina is a state employee and her number has a 444 prefix, commonly understood to be a phone number associated with state government.
Commissioner: Pro-marijuana group filed reports late
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's commissioner of political practices says a marijuana industry association violated campaign laws by filing multiple reports late.
Commissioner Jonathan Motl says the Montana Cannabis Industry Association filed five campaign finance reports late. Such violations are normally resolved through a negotiated fine.
Motl also rejected claims by the anti-marijuana group Safe Montana that MTCIA is not a legitimate incidental political committee.
Attorney General says judicial candidate broke campaign laws
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — The state Attorney General's Office has ruled that a Snohomish County judicial candidate broke the law by failing to report an in-kind contribution before the primary election.
Police: Israel opposition leader didn’t break campaign laws
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say they have found no evidence Israel's opposition leader broke campaign finance laws in the Labor Party's primaries in 2013.
Police had been investigating whether Isaac Herzog secretly accepted a donation of about $10,500 to fund a negative ad campaign against his opponent. They say Herzog's campaign didn't report the donation to authorities at the time. Herzog denied wrongdoing.
Commissioner faults shooting association for 2014 violations
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's campaign regulator says the Montana Sports Shooting Association violated state campaign laws in the 2014 elections.
Commissioner Jonathan Motl says in the findings released Wednesday that the group did not provide enough detail about its contributors.
The association's federal political-action committee took in $4,744 in contributions that weren't attributed to individual donors. In 2014, the group only spent money on Montana elections.
Oakland: Company Laundered Campaign Donations to Mayoral, Council Candidates
OAKLAND -- State and city campaign ethics officials announced Monday one of the largest fines in California and Oakland history against a plumbing manufacturer that laundered campaign contributions to mayoral and City Council candidates, including Desley Brooks, Rebecca Kaplan and former mayor Jean Quan.
AB&I Foundry, a subsidiary of McWane Inc., has tentatively agreed to pay more than $114,000 in the settlements reached following a joint investigation between the...