TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The British Council is confirming that a woman who Iran sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of spying for Britain is an Iranian national employed by the group.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — U.S. Sen. John Kennedy is adding his prodigious fundraising talents to a political organization aimed at electing more conservative Republicans to the Louisiana...
Kentucky group aimed at changing politics dissolves
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky political organization — backed by a pair of prominent names and started amid considerable fanfare — has dissolved quietly more than two years after being formed...
Conservative group hosting Dunleavy fiscal policy events
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Most of the events on the fiscal policy tour announced this week by Gov. Mike Dunleavy's office are being hosted by a conservative political organization, prompting...
Company prints materials for leading Democrats
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — On the top floor of an old industrial building at 41 Jackson St., steps from a factory where garment workers a hundred years ago made women's corsets, a printers'...
SEATTLE (AP) — A formal ethics complaint claims that a Seattle councilmember misappropriated government resources for her private political organization.
Outgoing Rep. Kihuen exploring run for Las Vegas city office
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada Democratic congressman Ruben Kihuen appears to considering a run for a Las Vegas city office next year despite the release of a U.S. House Ethics Committee report last month that found sexual harassment allegations made against him by three women were credible.
Kihuen filed paperwork Tuesday with the IRS to form a new political organization called Ruben Kihuen for Las Vegas.
Kihuen's office did not respond to messages Wednesday seeking details.
In possible plea deal, accused Russian agent case ‘resolved’
WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman accused of being a secret agent for the Russian government has likely taken a plea deal, prosecutors indicated Monday in a court filing that said her case has been "resolved."
The information was included in a filing in the case against Maria Butina. Federal prosecutors and Butina's lawyer filed a joint motion asking to change her plea. A hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.
Woman accused of being Russian spy could be near a plea deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman accused of being a secret agent for the Russian government appears to be coming closer to a plea deal with U.S. prosecutors or other resolution of her criminal case, according to court documents filed Wednesday.
Lawyers for Maria Butina and federal prosecutors wrote in the joint court filing that they "remain optimistic about a pretrial resolution" of her case.
Candidate-backed group challenges Georgia election process
ATLANTA (AP) — A political organization backed by Democrat Stacey Abrams filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday challenging the way Georgia's elections are run, making good on a promise Abrams made as she ended her bid to become the state's governor.
Colorado gun club drops NRA requirement for members
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A western Colorado gun club has dropped a requirement that its members also be members of the National Rifle Association.
Glenwood Springs Gun Club President Ralph Delaney has said NRA membership was required because the club received its insurance through the NRA.
City Councilor Jonathan Godes said he was concerned that membership in the gun club was restricted based on a membership in a political organization. The club leases land from the city.
Trump to campaign in Ohio for mid-terms
LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — President Donald Trump is scheduled to make another midterm campaign appearance in Ohio.
Trump's political organization announced Friday that Trump would hold a rally Friday night at the Warren County Fairgrounds in the southwest Ohio city of Lebanon.
Illinois political parties embrace anti-abuse panel’s report
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Leaders of the state's major political parties are embracing a report's recommendations to end sexual harassment in Illinois government.
The Illinois Anti-Harassment, Equality and Access Panel issued the report Wednesday. It suggests that parties help elect more women to public office, only fund campaigns with strict anti-harassment policies, set up an independent process to investigate complaints and more.
Report: Elect women, change campaign culture to end abuse
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' political parties can make a leap toward eliminating sexual harassment and bolstering gender equity by electing women to half of all political offices in the state, according to a report released Wednesday by a panel of women in state government.
Father of Russian held in US says jail conditions improved
MOSCOW (AP) — The father of a Russian woman jailed in the U.S. on charges that she tried to infiltrate U.S. political organizations as a covert Russian agent said Friday that the U.S. authorities have eased her prison regime.
Russian meddling abroad: Does Putin pull all the strings?
MOSCOW (AP) — As alleged Russian plots, conspiracies and crimes unfold against the West, prosecutors and pundits routinely blame Vladimir Putin or a circle of Kremlin insiders said to be acting on direct orders from the president.
Putin may indeed have involvement in some shadowy schemes, but is he micromanaging every suspected poisoning, computer hack and influence campaign?
2 alleged agents of Iran arrested for spying in US
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has charged two alleged agents of Iran, accusing them of conducting covert surveillance of Israeli and Jewish facilities in the United States and collecting intelligence on Americans linked to a political organization that wants to see the current Iranian government overthrown.
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The Latest: FBI aware of hack political found by Microsoft
The Latest on efforts by Russia to disrupt midterm elections in the U.S. using fake internet domains (all times local):
The FBI says it's aware of actions taken by Microsoft to take down fake websites that parroted those of U.S. political organizations.
Microsoft on Tuesday blamed a hacking group tied to the Russian government for creating the fake sites that mimicked two American conservative think tanks, as well as websites belonging to the U.S. Senate.
Wyoming political robocall ban ruled unconstitutional
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled unconstitutional a Wyoming law that bans the use of robocalls by political organizations.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the ruling was handed down Monday in U.S. District Court in Cheyenne by Judge Alan Johnson.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Foreign Ministry says a woman who was detained in the United States on charges of being a Russian agent is a political prisoner and must be released promptly.
The Russian government previously objected to Maria Butina's arrest this month, but its characterization of her as a political prisoner on Thursday raises the level of complaint.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Foreign Minister has held a telephone call with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in which he complained about the Americans' arrest of a Russian woman on allegations of being a covert agent.
U.S. prosecutors have accused Maria Butina of working to infiltrate political organizations, including the National Rifle Association, before and after Donald Trump's election as president in 2016.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A 29-year-old gun-rights activist suspected of being a covert Russian agent was likely in contact with Kremlin operatives while living in the United States, prosecutors said Wednesday, accusing her of using sex and deception to forge influential connections.
AP Explains: Covert Russian Agent Arrested
US arrests, accuses woman of acting as Russian agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — A 29-year-old gun-rights activist served as a covert Russian agent while living in Washington, gathering intelligence on American officials and political organizations and working to establish back-channel lines of communications for the Kremlin, federal prosecutors charged Monday.
CHICAGO (AP) — Lawyers for Illinois House speaker Michael Madigan are asking for the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by an ex-campaign worker who alleges her reporting of sexual harassment cost her a promotion in the speaker's political organization.
NEW YORK (AP) — Billionaire conservative icon David Koch is stepping down from the Koch brothers' network of business and political activities.
The 78-year-old New York resident is suffering from deteriorating health, according to a letter that older brother Charles Koch sent to company officials Tuesday morning.
Charles Koch wrote that he is "deeply saddened" by his brother's retirement. "David has always been a fighter and is dealing with this challenge in the same way," he wrote.
ADC endorses Maddox in race for governor
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox Saturday won a key endorsement Saturday from the Alabama Democratic Conference, the state's largest African-American political organization, as he seeks to win the Democratic primary for governor.
The group gave the nod to Maddox over former Alabama Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb, one of the last Democrats to win statewide election in the now GOP-dominated state.
ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — Want some politics with your lobster? Not this year.
The organizers of the annual Maine Lobster Festival are kicking politics out of the event's parade this coming summer. The festival's board voted last week to exclude all political organizations and candidates from the annual parade, which is set for Aug. 4.
New South endorses Maddox in gubernatorial primary
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A political group related to the Alabama New South Coalition has endorsed Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.
The Alabama New South Alliance announced endorsements this week ahead of the June 5 primary.
The organization is backing Maddox over former Alabama Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb and former state Rep. James Fields who are also running for governor in the Democratic primary.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — As Oklahoma's attorney general, Scott Pruitt assigned investigations agents from his office to be his driver and bodyguard, at times taking them on his frequent trips out of state to speak to conservative political organizations, state records show.
The newly obtained documents raise similar questions to those that have triggered investigations into Pruitt's security and travel since becoming administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Steve Shine considers the Indianapolis debates of Republican U.S. Senate candidates as the undercard to the event his group is organizing.
The longtime chairman of the Allen County Republican Party said the April 23 debate in Fort Wayne will reach a larger TV audience than the others, including one Sunday night in Indiana's capital city.
Correction: Democrats-2018-Glance story
In a March 5 item highlighting Democratic Party primaries around the country, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Bernie Sanders has endorsed a candidate in the Illinois governor's race. The candidate, Daniel Biss, has been endorsed by Our Revolution, the political organization spun off of Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign. The senator has made no endorsement individually.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Hot spots as Democrats contest primaries around the nation
Giffords focuses on high-profile Republicans in midterms
NEW YORK (AP) — Gabby Giffords' political organization is focusing on six high-profile members of Congress this fall — House Speaker Paul Ryan, among them — in a 2018 midterm strategy that will use high school students to challenge Republican lawmakers it blames for blocking efforts to curb gun violence.
Montana governor’s political group raises $464,000
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A political organization set up by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock to heighten his national stature raised almost a half-million dollars last year.
Financial disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission show the Democratic governor's Big Sky Values PAC raised $464,000 in 2017.
The formation of the PAC, or political action committee, allows Bullock to raise money to make appearances on the political circuit.
South Jersey Democrats take care of their own - at our expense | Kevin Riordan
The political organization that has long dominated life in Camden and beyond is often called a machine – although a more apt term might be limousine.
A machine suggests back rooms, cheap suits, and ashtrays – images that are too retro for the sleek operation that is the Camden County Democratic party under George E. Norcross III.
Americans for Prosperity head in N Carolina going to Civitas
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The leader of a conservative-leaning political organization in North Carolina is the next president of a like-minded think tank.
The Raleigh-based Civitas Institute announced Monday that Donald Bryson next week will succeed Francis De Luca, who is stepping down from the job after several years. Bryson has been North Carolina state director of Americans for Prosperity since 2014 and previously worked as a field coordinator.
The Latest: Pence says Trump, GOP governors have ‘momentum’
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the Republican Governors Association meeting in Texas (all times local):
Vice President Mike Pence has told Republican governors at a gathering in Texas that "momentum is on our side" despite last week's electoral defeats and sagging White House approval ratings.
Pence said at the Republican Governors Association's annual meeting on Wednesday that President Donald Trump is committed to overseeing "historic" tax cuts year's end.
Charlottesville unrest was a factor for many Virginia voters
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Unease over violent white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville this summer and President Donald Trump's response loomed in the minds of many Virginia voters during Tuesday's elections in which Democrats made significant gains, according to progressive advocacy groups and interviews with voters.
The governor's race was one of Virginia's most racially charged in recent memory, and voters were peppered with ads that referenced the August violence.
Paul Ryan has $10.4 million cash on hand
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan has more than $10.4 million cash on hand for his re-election effort next year.
Ryan's campaign reported Thursday that he raised $300,000 over the past three months and also transferred $2 million from his national political organization.
Ryan's Democratic opponent Randy Bryce says he raised just over $1 million between July and September and had more than $1 million cash on hand.
$600K in political donations eyed at Menendez bribery trial
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors at the bribery trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez presented evidence Wednesday that a wealthy friend contributed $600,000 to political organizations that supported the New Jersey Democrat, part of what they contend was a two-way arrangement in which Menendez offered his political influence in return.
That’s just “the way we do business in New Mexico.”
Cairo upset over latest US travel warning to Egypt
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt has expressed "discontent" over the latest U.S. travel warning to the Mideast country, saying the notice makes a false distinction between terrorist groups and violent political organizations.
Foreign Ministry spokesman, Ahmed Abu Zeid, said on Thursday that the wording of the travel advisory was dissatisfactory.
Democrats take first steps of 50-state strategy
ATLANTA (AP) — National Democrats are taking the first, modest steps toward their promised 50-state strategy, lending help to state and local parties as they try to harness opposition to President Donald Trump and the Republican monopoly in Washington.
Hillary Clinton launching new political group
NEW YORK (AP) — Stepping deeper into the Democratic resistance, Hillary Clinton launched a new political organization on Monday designed to push back against President Donald Trump's agenda.
The former Democratic nominee used social media to announce the creation of "Onward Together," an adaptation from her campaign theme, "Stronger Together." The group, she tweeted, will "encourage people to get involved, organize, and even run for office."
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.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ruling party candidate Lenin Moreno has won Ecuador's tight presidential election, the head of the country's National Electoral Council said Tuesday, bucking a trend of right-wing electoral victories in South America after 15 years of leftist domination.
Juan Pablo Pozo, president of the electoral council, announced the election win by the leftist Moreno in a nationwide broadcast. He said the results were "official, irreversible" with 99.65 percent of the votes counted.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The clock is about to run out on Democrats and Republicans thinking of jumping into this year's race for governor.
Monday marks the deadline for those candidates to file petitions to run. The primary is set for June 6.
Jim DeMint was riding a high and then Obamacare repeal came crashing down
WASHINGTON — Things were going great for Jim DeMint, the former Republican U.S. senator from South Carolina now president of the Heritage Foundation.
Thanks to a series of smart strategic choices in early 2016, DeMint and his storied conservative D.C. think tank got in on the ground floor of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, becoming an indispensable resource to the political organization that would go on to win the election.