Latest Campaign finance improprieties News

Giuliani associate in campaign cash probe seeks Barr recusal

Jan. 20, 2020 6:26 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — An associate of Rudy Giuliani charged with illegally funneling foreign money into U.S. political campaigns has asked Attorney General William Barr to recuse himself in the case and appoint a special prosecutor. The request is made in a letter filed Monday in the docket of the federal...

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020, file photo, initiative activist Tim Eyman, who is also running as an independent for Washington governor, carries a clipboard as he walks next to his expired car registration tabs before attending a rally on the first day of the 2020 session of the Washington legislature, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is challenging the lavish personal spending of bankrupt anti-tax activist and candidate for governor Eyman. Ferguson says Eyman's assets must be preserved so he can pay his debts to the state. The Seattle Times reports that Eyman's bankruptcy filings show he's been spending nearly $24,000 a month over the past year. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

State challenges extensive spending by bankrupt Tim Eyman

Jan. 19, 2020 3:49 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is challenging the lavish personal spending of bankrupt anti-tax activist and candidate for governor Tim Eyman, saying Eyman's assets must be preserved so he can pay his debts to the state. Eyman's been spending an average of nearly $24,000 a month...

This undated image released by the House Judiciary Committee from documents provided by Lev Parnas to the committee in the impeachment probe against President Donald Trump, shows a photo of Lev Parnas with Trump in Florida. Parnas, a close associate of Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani is claiming Trump was directly involved in the effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden. Trump on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, repeated denials that he is acquainted with Parnas, despite numerous photos that have emerged of the two men together. (House Judiciary Committee via AP)

Giuliani associate names Trump, Pence, more in Ukraine plan

Jan. 17, 2020 12:27 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A close associate of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani is claiming Trump was directly involved in the effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden. Lev Parnas says he delivered an ultimatum in May, at Giuliani's behest, to the incoming...

FILE - In this March 6, 2019 file photo, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, returns to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump's ex-personal lawyer told a judge Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 that he's the victim of a continuing campaign of “character assassination” by prosecutors who oppose his time behind bars being trimmed from three years to one. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

President Trump's ex-private lawyer seeks cooperation credit

Jan. 10, 2020 7:41 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's ex-personal lawyer told a judge Friday that he's the victim of a continuing campaign of “character assassination” by prosecutors who oppose his time behind bars being trimmed from three years to one. Michael Cohen said in a court document filed in...

Lawyer: Unjust tactics used in election probe of foreigners

Jan. 9, 2020 6:23 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Claims by federal prosecutors that they've acted lawfully in their probe of two associates of Rudy Giuliani charged with illegally funneling foreign money into U.S. political campaigns only helps prove that they used unfair surveillance tactics to build their case, a defense lawyer said...

Court: Lawyer, businessman broke campaign finance law

Jan. 7, 2020 8:08 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Grant County lawyer and a Moses Lake business owner violated campaign finance law by concealing that they were responsible for political fliers mailed to voters during the 2014 campaign for Grant County prosecutor, a judge has ruled. Thurston County Superior Court Judge John Skinder...

FILE - This Dec. 3, 2019 file photo shows California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter leaveing federal court in San Diego. Hunter submitted his resignation Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, effective Jan. 13, after pleading guilty to a corruption charge, leaving one of the GOP's few remaining House seats in heavily Democratic California. Hunter's departure ends his family's political dynasty in which he and his father, Duncan L. Hunter, represented the San Diego County district for nearly 30 years. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter resigns after corruption conviction

Jan. 7, 2020 6:19 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Duncan D. Hunter submitted his resignation Tuesday, one month after pleading guilty to a corruption charge, leaving vacant one of the GOP's few remaining House seats in heavily Democratic California. Hunter's departure effective Jan. 13 ends his family's political...

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announces plans for legislation to tighten ethics laws during a news conference on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Annapolis, Md., in response to corruption cases against Maryland officials in recent years and recent weeks. Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford is standing right, and Keiffer Mitchell, Hogan's chief legislative officer, is standing left. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

Maryland governor proposes ethics bill after indictments

Jan. 7, 2020 4:29 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — After repeated public corruption cases in recent years, stronger ethics laws should be a priority of the upcoming legislative session, Gov. Larry Hogan said Tuesday. At a news conference announcing plans for legislation, the Republican governor noted a litany of federal indictments...

In this Nov. 22, 2019 file photo, Imaad Zuberi, left, leaves the federal courthouse with his attorney Thomas O'Brien, right, in Los Angeles. Federal prosecutors on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, charged Zuberi, a major donor to President Donald Trump's Inaugural Committee, with obstructing a federal investigation into whether foreign nationals unlawfully contributed to the inaugural celebrations. (AP Photo/Brian Melley, File)

Trump donor charged with obstructing inauguration inquiry

Jan. 7, 2020 3:46 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged a major donor to President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee with obstructing a federal investigation into whether foreign nationals unlawfully contributed to the inaugural celebrations. The donor, Imaad Zuberi, recently pleaded guilty in a...

House speaker could be called to testify in ex-aide's trial

Jan. 7, 2020 2:40 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's House speaker could be called as a witness if one of his former campaign aides goes on trial in a money laundering case. The aide, Jeff Britt, pleaded not guilty in November to charges of money laundering and making a prohibited campaign contribution. A pretrial...