Latest Campaign finance improprieties News

Tennessee lawmaker: FBI took all campaign files in search

Jan. 27, 2021 12:18 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — One of several Republican state lawmakers in Tennessee whose homes and legislative offices were searched by federal agents this month says the FBI confiscated all files and documents related to his campaign. Newly sworn-in Republican Rep. Todd Warner provided the details in an email...

Former Macomb County prosecutor pleads guilty to obstruction

Jan. 27, 2021 12:15 PM EST

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A former suburban Detroit prosecutor pleaded guilty Wednesday to obstructing justice in an investigation of how he spent campaign donations. Eric Smith, who was Macomb County prosecutor for nearly 16 years, admitted that he attempted to get three people, including two assistant...

Kansas ethics panel to hear campaign finance complaints

Jan. 25, 2021 6:05 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Former Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael O'Donnell could be on the hook for potentially thousands of dollars in civil fines if an ethics panel finds he violated state campaign finance law. O’Donnell faces nine counts of campaign finance violations for allegedly funneling...

Ex-councilman charged with embezzlement lands new job

Jan. 24, 2021 12:32 PM EST

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) — A former Providence city councilman who resigned after he pleaded no contest to felony embezzlement in 2019 has landed a new job with the city of Central Falls. Luis Aponte told WPRI-TV in a brief phone interview Friday that his new title is deputy director of public works and...

FILE - In this March 5, 2008, file photo, is then-U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi, who represented Arizona in Congress from 2003 to 2009, in Tucson. Outgoing President Donald Trump pardoned Renzi, who had been convicted of corruption, money laundering and other charges. The pardon comes four years after Renzi was released from prison. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Trump pardons ex-Arizona congressman in corruption case

Jan. 21, 2021 12:25 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Rick Renzi, the former three-term Republican congressman in Arizona who served nearly two years in prison for extortion and money laundering convictions and complained that he was treated unfairly by federal law enforcement authorities, was among the 73 people pardoned by President Donald...

FILE - State Rep. Jim Harrison, second left, speaks at a House subcommittee meeting in Columbia, S.C. Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009. A divided South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 that a prosecutor investigating Statehouse corruption overstepped his authority, but also upheld an 18-month prison sentence for one of the lawmakers caught up in the probe. Harrison appealed his 2018 convictions on misconduct in office and perjury charges. (AP Photo/Virginia Postic)

Divided SC Supreme Court rebukes Statehouse probe prosecutor

Jan. 20, 2021 5:46 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A divided South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a prosecutor investigating Statehouse corruption overstepped his authority, but also upheld an 18-month prison sentence for one of the lawmakers caught up in the probe. Rep. Jim Harrison appealed his 2018 convictions on...

Nevada lawmaker resigns amid campaign finance investigation

Jan. 12, 2021 8:33 PM EST

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada lawmaker resigned amid an investigation involving the use of campaign contributions that prompted law enforcement to raid his home in May. Las Vegas Assemblyman Alex Assefa tendered his resignation to Gov. Steve Sisolak on Monday in a letter that did not mention the...

Rochester mayor seeks 3rd term despite fraud charges

Jan. 10, 2021 10:27 AM EST

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren announced her reelection campaign in a video that touts her record leading the western New York city of more than 200,000 without addressing the campaign finance charges she faces or calls for her resignation over the suffocation death of Daniel Prude....

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2020, file photo, Mark and Patricia McCloskey leave following a court hearing, in St. Louis. A Missouri appellate court Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, denied Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner's appeal of her and her office's disqualification from the gun case against Mark McCloskey, who with his wife pointed firearms at protesters outside their Central West End home in June. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

St. Louis prosecutor's appeal in McCloskey case turned away

Jan. 8, 2021 3:02 PM EST

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri appeals court on Friday denied St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner's appeal challenging the disqualification of her office from prosecuting Mark McCloskey who, along with his wife, drew guns on racial injustice protesters last summer. The decision upholds Judge Thomas...

Senators look into energy giant trying to buy Santee Cooper

Jan. 3, 2021 10:52 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina legislators are investigating a potential buyer of embattled state-owned utility Santee Cooper. A state Senate subcommittee voted Thursday to request documents about Florida-based NextEra Energy's lobbying efforts, campaign contributions and details in an ongoing...